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Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Dalkey, Co DublinDalkey is a coastal suburb and resort located 13km (8 miles) south-east of Dublin City Centre.

Brief History of Dalkey

Dalkey or Deilginis (Irish for Thorn Island) is named after its neighbouring island. It grew up as a Medieval port, and thrived as a seaside suburb from the 19th century onwards after the construction of the railway.

Famous People of Dalkey

Many notable people have lived and worked in Dalkey. John Dowland, the melancholy Elizabethan luthenist and composer, may have been born here. George Bernard Shaw lived in Torca Cottage on Dalkey Hill from 1866 to 1874. Neil Jordan, director of many popular films such as "The Crying Game", "Michael Collins", and "The End Of The Affair" lives on Sorrento Terrace. U2 band member "The Edge" (David Evans) lives a few doors down in Sorrento Cottage. World Class Formula One racing driver Eddie Irvine also lives on Sorrento Road, as does Van Morrison. Singer Lisa Stansfield lives in Mount Henry on Torca Road, near Dalkey Quarry. BBC presenter Gloria Hunniford, John Simpson, BBC correspondent, and Late Late Show presenter Pat Kenny all live near Bulloch Harbour.

Dalkey Today

Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin It is still possible to imagine it as a 19th century area because it is largely unspoiled, and seems to have avoided 20th century "modernisation". There are several interesting shops, which include two art galleries, a new and second-hand bookshop, and a delicatessen. There are also six pubs, 11 restaurants, 2 take-aways, 2 cafés, a wine shop, two off licences and 3 chemists. Why not go for a walk through Dalkey Hill, a large wooded park off Dalkey Avenue; Sorrento Park; or Dillons Park on Coliemore road?

On this page you can see a map of Dalkey, see what's on in Dalkey, find out how to get to Dalkey, find things to see and do in Dalkey, visit local websites for Dalkey, browse restaurants in Dalkey.

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Rail to Dalkey

Dalkey, Co. Dublin is served by Dalkey.

Bus to Dalkey

  • Dublin Bus's Nitelink services provide the following late-night bus services to Dalkey:
    • 7N:
      • Woodbrook
  • Dublin Bus provide an extensive local bus service to Dublin City and its suburbs and surrounds. The following Dublin Bus routes serve Dalkey:
    • 59:
      • De Vesci Terrace - Pottery Road
      • Pottery Road - De Vesci Terrace
    • 7D:
      • Church Road - Gardiner Place
      • Gardiner Place - Church Road
    • 8:
      • Church Road - Gardiner Place
      • Gardiner Place - Church Road
  • Aircoach operate bus services to Dublin Airport via Dalkey:
    • 703:
      • Dublin Airport
      • Killiney

Things to See and Do in Dalkey

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Castle St, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, Ireland
A visitor centre located in a Medieval Castle in Dalkey. Traces the history of this historic town from earliest times.

Dalkey Island Dalkey Island

Dalkey, Co. Dublin, Ireland
A historic small island off Dalkey. Sights to see here include a Martello Tower, and ancient church, a fort and undisturbed sea life.

Restaurants in Dalkey

Guinea Pig Guinea Pig

17 Railway Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Since 1957 The Guinea Pig Restaurant has attracted stars from the stage, screen, & television, including Hollywood movie stars. What attracts them is the timeless atmosphere and consistent good food prepared by :- Mervyn Stewart (Chef de Cuisine)

Benito Benito's

46-47 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Benito's has successfully traded for 10 years in Dalkey. It's owners, Camillo and Jackie Borza, both come from a food and beverage background from their respective family businesses. Their business is constantly evolving and improving.

DeVille DeVille's Dalkey

25 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
DeVille's - Great cuisine in Dalkey

Finnegan Finnegan's of Dalkey

Sorrento road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Finnegans pub in Dalkey has been in business for over 40 years.


26 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
We set up our shop in Dalkey in 1999 with a view to having a wine shop that stocked quality wines in a friendly, casual and open atmosphere. Over the years, we have focused more on importing our own wines and we pride ourselves on selling wines that

Idlewilde Idlewilde

20 St. Patrick's Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Busy little Café in the heart of Dalkey,

McDonagh McDonagh's Bar and Lounge

61 Castle St, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Thai House Thai House

21 Railway Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Thai House Restaurant is located in the South Dublin coastal village of Dalkey, Co. Dublin. This quaint village has beautiful views of the sea and Dublin Bay, and the restaurant provides a relaxing escape from the noise of Dublin city centre. Thai Ho

The Magpie Inn The Magpie Inn

115 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
The Magpie in is found in the very centre of Dalkey, facing up Castle Street. This fine gastropub serves reasonably priced simple food with great taste, and a wide range of seafood. If you're seeking the casual relaxed value dining ethos, the Magpie

Tropica Tropica

3c Castle Street, South Dublin, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Tropica is located in Castle Street in Dalkey. This Delightful Chinese takeaway serves a wide range of all Chinese and Thai Classics


111 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Our world cuisine menu takes inspiration from Mexican, Italian, American and Asian influenced food, all served alongside a bespoke cocktail, beer and wine list

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Pubs & Nightlife

Dalkey Pubs and Nightlife: An essential part of Ireland's social life and a must for every visitor.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours and Bus Tours: Take a bus tour around Dalkey, or an overnight tour visiting various sights in Dalkey and the surrounding regions.

Map of Dalkey