Dalkey is one of Dublin’s most desirable locations which his no surprise given its position on the coast. It has a pretty village feel full of independent shops, boutiques, restaurants, and artisan cafés with an abundance of outdoor activities and places to see. It is even home to some famous locals Bono, The Edge, Enya, and Van Morrisson.
Outdoor activities include rowing, kayaking, fishing, and island ferries. Notable places to visit are Coliemore Harbour with fantastic views across the bay and a five-minute boat ride goes to Dalkey Island with a Martello Tower and impressive church ruins. Killiney Hill is popular with walkers and hikers offering panoramic views of Dublin.
Dalkey village is listed as an Irish heritage town with three castles in the town and a 10th century church. It is also home to two festivals with Dalkey Lobster Festival taking place every August with world-class seafood and jazz music. Dalkey Book Festival is an annual event in June which supports and promotes Irish writers.
The area is very well served by public transport links with the DART into the city centre along with many bus routes to the city centre and to the nearby areas of Killiney and Dun Laoghaire.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre has fun tours and live performances on the history of the castle which are great for the whole family. When you arrive, you will be fully immersed in the history of Dalkey.
Step back in time and enjoy traditional Irish storytelling with tea and cakes in Biddy’s Cottage. It is an authentic Irish cottage experience right in the heart of Dalkey.
There are several local and private schools in the area.
Listing Castle Park is a co-ed primary school for children from 3 to 12 years.
Rathdown School is an all-girls pre-school, junior and senior level school catering for all ages from 3 to 18.
Holy Child Killiney is an all-girls secondary school, Loreto Abbey Dalkey is an all-girls Catholic secondary school.
St. Joseph of Cluny is an all-girls Catholic secondary school.
DINE & DRINKS
You certainly won’t go hungry in Dalkey with lots of food and drink options on offer. Grab a bite to eat in one of its many seafood restaurants or enjoy a drink in one of its historic pubs.
Corner Note serves really good food with local-sourced produce. Mugs Café serves breakfast and lunches in a friendly setting.
Finnegan’s is a popular option for locals offering tasty lunch options with an extensive wine menu.
The Queen’s, Finnegan’s and The Club are some of the top-rated pubs to visit and The Magpie Inn has great craft beers and a selection of simple food. The King’s Inn and The Vico have beautiful interiors in a traditional pub setting.
Restaurants that should be checked out for any occasion include Ouzos Steak & Seafood, 1909 Restaurant, Dalkey Duck, DeVille’s Bistro, Thai House, and Jaipur Indian Restaurant, all offering quality food options.
The town centre has several shops to get the essentials and there is also a Supervalu. Select Stores is also an award-winning wholefood shop, juice bar and café to be checked out. For weekly shops Glenageary, Sallynoggin and Dun Laoghaire are all close by.
OTHER NEIGHBOURHOOD OFFERINGS
Killiney Hill Park is a much-loved green space with breath-taking views of the coastline, Dublin, and Wicklow mountains. Visit the Obelisk, a nice tearoom with an extensive history. Hyde Park has sports pitches and a children’s playground and home to GAA and soccer clubs. Other smaller parks include Dillon’s Park and Sorrento Park. Sandycove and Forty Foot are only a short distance from Dalkey towards Dun Laoghaire.