Time to take a glimpse into the past and visit Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Dalkey, or Goat Castle was built in the late 15th Century and is actually a fortified town house. A visit today takes you back in time with the Living History tours. On arrival at the Heritage Centre you watch a short but informative video on the history of the area. Goods were offloaded from ships in the Dalkey sound and transported to Dublin by land. Dalkey Castle was used as storage depots and a residence for merchants.
After the film you are whisked back to the medieval times by actors who portray maids, merchants and tradesman who work at the castle. A very educational and entertaining performance by all the actors who never once went out of character. They describe their daily lives in Dalkey and the customs of the time. Woe betide you were an uninvited guest and succumbed to the murder hole above the door, where you would be either pelted with rocks or doused in boiling urine. Glad times have changed!
10th Century St Begnet's Church and graveyard provided a fabulous backdrop for a history lesson.
The guide inside the castle demonstrated medieval medicine and dentistry, my tweenager wasn't too keen on being subjected to bloodletting but played along for our entertainment. Descriptions of the food and menus of the bygone era weren't too appealing to our small group. The Teenager was keen to try the bow and arrow, though not so much as to shoot a hedgehog, albeit imaginary, for dinner! The Actors really do " bring life to history by bringing history to life".
A fabulous performance and a great history lesson, you get a delightful view of the town from the battlements at the top and the Heritage Centre provides more information on local history, including a Writer's Gallery, Scale models of transport systems ....and some stocks recreate some medieval punishment...or a photo op!
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre,
Adults €7, Concession €6, Child €5 and a Family €20 with the Living History included.
News Flash...in case you were rushing off to buy tickets....Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre is undergoing an upgrade and will be closed from 31 October 2012 until January 2013...sure it will be bigger, better and worth the wait!