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James Joyce Tower & Museum

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Address: Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 280 9265
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Museum housed in a seaside tower that inspired the setting of the first...

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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Unmissable, and not only for Joyceans

A pleasant and cheap trip on Dart from central Dublin brings you to Sandycove, and a short walk along the seafront takes you to the tower. The very friendly staff and interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Warsaw, Poland
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A pleasant and cheap trip on Dart from central Dublin brings you to Sandycove, and a short walk along the seafront takes you to the tower. The very friendly staff and interesting exhibits make the trip a real pleasure. You can see the original key that kept Buck Mulligan's chemise flat, Joyce's clothes and ashplant, and a picture of Throwaway,... More 

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Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Wonderful facility - which offers an insight to James Joyce This Martello Tower has been brought back to life by dedicated volunteers who are extremely friendly and informative. The views from the top of the tower are great.

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Thank CharlesX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We walked along the coast and found this place. We popped in as it was free and the lovely couple on the door explained all about the history and the connection with james joyce. One word of warning the stairs are very narrow and steep but worthwhile as the view was great.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Helped by glorious October sunshine perhaps. A friendly, informative welcome in a fantastic setting. One of the best small museums I have visited.

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Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Sandycove is easily reached by DART railway and the James Joyce tower can be the highlight of a relaxing (Ulysses) walk along the coast. Entrance is free but I suggest you give a donation. The place is cute and the volunteers really friendly, like all the Dubliners we met :) Quite a lot of James Joyce memorabilia to admire. Some... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We came across this unusual museum when heading for a swim at the adjacent legendary Forty Foot bathing spot. It's free entry and staffed by enthusiastic, friendly volunteers. Housed in an old Martello Tower, this is a really accessible way to find out about the life and works of James Joyce, especially Ulysses, with the bonus of climbing up the... More 

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We took a train trip to Sandycove, a small town on the Irish coast, and happened upon the James Joyce Tower and Museum. The museum is located in a martello tower, near the beach and about a 20 minute walk from the train depot. This is where James Joyce stayed for 6 nights and it inspired the opening of the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

My son and I went to the James Joyce Museum for the recent Culture Night event and had a really great time. He is 12 and at least has an excuse not to have read Ulysses - I have none - but we went anyway, more to see the inside of a Martello Tower to be honest but potentially to... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Like a lot of people I've kind of read Ulysses. But also like a lot of people I've read the first chapter many times. This is the place where it is set and it brings the whole thing to life. The weather on the day was exactly as I'd imagined it from the book. So evocative. Fantastic view from the... More 

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The tower is a short train ride to the town of Sandycove. When you arrive, walk through the lovely town to the edge of the ocean and follow it to the tower. We went on a glorious day and enjoyed the breeze as we walked. The folks at the museum were friendly and the tour easily done. The tower isn't... More 

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