Things to see & Do around Killiney Hill for you to explore
Want a view to savour? Take a hike up Killiney Hill, one of the handsome humps bounding Dublin Bay to the south. It’s topped by an obelisk that looks like a white wizard’s hat and you’ll often see hang-gliders floating overhead. This is a terrific spot for a 360-degree take on Dublin – stretching from the Wicklow Mountains to the south via the city
Killiney Hill Park
Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill form part of Killiney Hill Park, a small public park overlooking both Dalkey and Killiney villages. The Park was dedicated to public use in 1887 by Prince Albert Victor of Wales, in memory of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and called Victoria Hill.
In the last 7 years, Garden Designer and Horticulturist, Annmarie Bowring, has been actively developing the garden into a truly all-round family one, which includes a play area for children, a clothesline for drying clothes, a potting shed, glass-house, chicken pen, 9 compost bins. Maintained in a totally sustainable way. There are no hard corners, the garden consists of winding gravel paths, sitting areas, grass, flowers. Please contact them to confirm opening times before travelling. More info: http://dalkeygardenschool.com
Vertigo Outdoor courses and sessions range from rock climbing and hill walking taster sessions, instruction and coaching to team building and youth leadership. Their staff is very experienced in introducing young people to the world of adventure sports as well as teaching high-end courses to adult groups.
The Grill at the Castle Killiney
The Grill at the Castle Killiney, is an ideal location for a relaxed evening meal or Sunday lunch. The extensive menu options at The Grill make it the ideal venue for any special occasion. Situated on the grounds of Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel within close proximity to the quaint village of Dalkey.
The castle is oblong with a tower at each end, and the archway under the western tower was probably used to pass from one court to another within the boundary walls of the castle. Inside the main door and inner porch is a large barrel-vaulted room originally used for the storage of grain, fish and other goods. A spiral staircase ascends to a series of rooms. On the way up a room on the left may be examined for its sturdy roof construction.
This seaside suburb is located around a pleasant harbour and has a famous Martello Tower where the writer James Joyce once stayed for a week as a guest of poet Oliver St. John Gogarty. The opening scene of Joyce’s Ulysses is set in this tower. It now hosts a small Joycean museum, open in summertime. Bloomsday is celebrated in Sandycove in Joyce’s honour on the 16th of June every year. It is also the birthplace of Irish patriot Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916). Sandycove beach itself is very popular with young families, as it offers shallow water to paddle and gorgeous views to admire. At the back, you can find the famous Forty Foot, the traditional Irish bathing place, where – if you are brave and tough enough – you can have a dip all year round.
National Maritime Museum of Ireland
In the early 1940s Col. Tony Lawlor founded the Maritime Institute of Ireland to preserve and present all aspects of marine life. The ever-growing collection found a home in the Mariners Church in 1974. It is a showcase of a wide range of objects, pictures, paintings and documents relating to Ireland’s colourful maritime heritage. From early maritime charts to the glorious ages of tall and steamships to modern marine commerce. There are ship models, instruments, engines and all the paraphernalia necessary to cross the seas. The preservation of the maritime environment is part of the Museum’s aim. There is something for the maritime enthusiast and casual visitor alike.
Railway Preservation Society Of Ireland
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) in Dublin was formed in 1964 to preserve in working order steam locomotives (and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system) from 1850 to the present day. The RPSI maintains a museum at Whitehead and operates steam-hauled excursions over the present-day Irish railway network for families and enthusiasts. The society is a not for profit charity managed by volunteers. All funds from ticket sales, shop sales, membership fees or donations go directly to keeping Ireland’s steam railway heritage operating for future generations.