Spring into Heritage: Experience Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s series of free guided walks and tours


From April 4th – May 1st, DLR Heritage Events open up the county’s heritage treasures with their Spring into Heritage series of guided walks and tours. All guided walks and tours are free to attend but must be booked here.

Spring into Heritage Events:

A tour of Marlay House will transport you back to a bygone era.

Marlay House will be open for free guided tours each Thursday in April from11am to 3 pm and each Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm with tours on the hour. The origins of this estate can be traced back to the Anglo-Norman conquest of Ireland and the house is a fine example of Georgian architecture with many elaborate features.

The 18th-century Cabinteely House will be open each Tuesday in April from 11am -3 pm and each Saturday from 12 pm – 4 pm with tours on the hour.  

Travel back in time with Earl Nugent and hear how he lived, socialised, travelled, was painted by Gainsborough, and his rise up the social and political ladder, as well as Joseph McGrath, revolutionary and key figure in the Irish Sweepstakes.  

Spring into Heritage
The Dining Room at Cabinteely House. Picture by Peter Cavanagh

The National Maritime Museum is open for free guided tours each Monday and Wednesday of April at 11 am with stories of maritime history, heroism, war and disasters at sea.

See the Bailey Optic, Royal Navy prisoner’s dock and the RMS Leinster exhibits. Staying with a nautical theme, Seapoint Martello Tower will be open for free guided tours each Wednesday in April from 11 am -2 pm and Saturdays from 12 pm – 4 pm.

The Oratory in Dún Laoghaire is a hidden gem of Celtic revival art and will be open on Wednesdays from 11 am – 3 pm and Saturdays and Sundays in April from 12 pm – 4 pm.  

Free guided walks of Fernhill Gardens are available each Sunday in April at 11.30 am and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre is always a popular experience with their wonderful immersive Living History Experience as costumed actors and guides bring history to colourful life with archery, barber surgery and cookery.

N.B. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Heritage Events are free to attend but places are limited.  

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