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James Joyce Tower & Museum

Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
+353 1 280 9265
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Very informative even if you are not a James Joyce fan.

Dun Laoghaire Council have organised a number of summer cultural tours. We arrived at the tower at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vincent D
Day tripper.

Lovely guys on reception gave a full and detailed description of what it was all about. I felt I'd... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kennyken78
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Museum housed in a seaside tower that inspired the setting of the first chapter of Ulysses; features memorabilia and a fantastic view of the coast and the surrounding countryside.
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Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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"living quarters"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dun Laoghaire Council have organised a number of summer cultural tours. We arrived at the tower at 2.30 and were the only people there for the tour. We agreed to wait to see would anybody else turn up. A bus tour of about 6 people...More

Thank Vincent D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely guys on reception gave a full and detailed description of what it was all about. I felt I'd learnt something rather than just seen it. Top men thank you 💚

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the Martello Tower mentioned early on in Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’. It is an immaculately well-kept miniature museum dedicated to the author. It contains interesting artefacts and information. You can climb the cramped, steep, stone spiral staircase to the upper floor, and on up...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found the tower pretty well as described in TripAdvisor. People were swimming off the rocks nearby, just as described in Ulysses. Staff at the Tower Museum were very friendly, and would have talked all day. They are I believe all volunteers, but even so the...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Wonderful to visit this tower many years after reading Ulysses - quite an emotional moment. It was a beautiful day and the peace of the place compared with the hubub of Dublin was a complete contrast - great views from the top of the tower,...More

Thank shepherdgary
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

The tours are done by volunteers and they are truly fantastic, full of lively stories and wit. This is interesting to anyone even if you are not a fan of Joyce or even literature. The setting is pleasant as well, close by a favorite local...More

Thank Charles F
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

After visiting this museum I decided to reread the Ulysses. There is a panoramic view of Dublin bay from the roof. This was the one of the highlights our visit to Dublin. Also enjoyed the beautiful beach which is wild and mild.

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

There are a number of places like this across Ireland where local volunteers are working to maintain and share the cultural heritage of a place. This is an excellent example of the phenomenon, with a devoted, highly engaged staff serving to keep the flame of...More

Thank Sean H
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

This was a surprise visit as we were supposed to be on a tour of Glendalock but were let down because our coach didn't turn up. James and the team of volunteers made our day with the brilliant tour and all the facts and tales...More

Thank vinblue
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

This free James Joyce is in the Martello tower at Sandycove that is the setting for the opening of Ulysses. It is staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers and has many interesting exhibits related to Joyce. Although it is tiny, we spent over an hour...More

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olgamaughan
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Response from vinblue | Reviewed this property |
The tours start from 10 am and last about 45 minutes. All the tour guides are volunteers and are very good.
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Response from plewco | Reviewed this property |
According to their leaflet, it is open 7 days a week 10 am to 6 pm in summer and 7 days a week 10 am to 4 pm in winter, 365 days a year. and email. Admission is free, but they do appreciate contributions.
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