Dalkey (Irish: Deilginis, meaning "thorn island") is a heritage town in County Dublin.


Castle Street, Dalkey

The locals pronounce Dalkey as dah-kee without pronouncing the "l", which sounds like donkey without pronouncing the "n".

Dalkey has a 10th Century church and two 14th Century Norman castles, one of which houses The Heritage Centre. Castle Street is lined with colourful, picturesque shops. The town's buildings have various architectural styles spanning many centuries.

If you walk to Coliemore Harbour or to Sorrento Park, you will get views of the uninhabited Dalkey Island with its well-preserved ruins of a 10th century church dedicated to Saint Begnet and early 19th century Martello (defensive) tower. (There is a second Saint Begnet Church also in ruins near Dalkey Castle.)

Get in


There is DART train service from Connolly Station and Tara Street Station. Take the train in the direction of Bray. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

The Dalkey railway station was opened in 1854.

Get around

The town is very small and you can walk to Coliemore harbour in about 20 minutes from the town centre.



If you are willing to walk for over an hour (2.5 km), you could walk along the pictoresque Dublin Bay via Coliemore Road and Vica Road to Killiney DART Station. The DART train follows Vica Road and will also offer bay-side views between Dalkey and Killiney.


There are a number of shops along Castle Street.


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