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James Joyce Tower & Museum

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Address: Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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+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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A fascinating visit and the staff are really friendly and informative. The climb to the top is via a spiral stone staircase and there isn't much room to manoeuvre but it's well... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hilary B
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A fascinating visit and the staff are really friendly and informative. The climb to the top is via a spiral stone staircase and there isn't much room to manoeuvre but it's well worth the effort to see the views across Dublin Bay. The museum is very interesting and contains a lot of James Joyce memorabilia.

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Sweetgrass, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The downstairs offers a lot of artifacts and photographs full of information about James Joyce. A fairly steep climb up a very narrow spiral staircase takes you to the top of the Martello, where you can look down at Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove, Forty Feet and Dalky.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the initial setting of Ulysses was brilliant. The museum is home to a wealth of Joycean objects, mostly (and understandably) Ulysses related but there is plenty of engaging stuff. The bookcase and illustrations highlighted the continued importance of Joyce's work while the letters and artefacts displayed the history and context of novels. The staff were helpful and gave my... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To have read the location and mulled the derived image is hyper-stimulating prep for the wonder of seeing the perfectly preserved place in person. The richness of manuscript, construction, editions and historical context underscore the general aesthetic sense rather joyously. The staff are always very helpful too and the range of records, scene-presentation and atmosphere of the literary are linchpin... More 

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Dalkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Excellent - and its free. Even if you are not a James Joyce fan - its worth going there on a nice day and the views from the top of the Tower are really fantastic. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

One of the main reasons we visited Ireland is because my boyfriend is such a huge James Joyce nerd. He's read Ulysses backwards and forwards, so he certainly geeked out when we entered the room that inspired the first chapter. The museum was fascinating - chock full of Joyce letters, memorabilia, and books. The volunteers are so knowledgeable and friendly.... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

A very interesting hour learning about history and an Irish literary star. We had a great tour guide, Kieran, who was so knowledgeable and friendly. He made our visit very special! Thank you Kieran

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

To be in the setting of the opening of one of the greatest and most influential novels of all time is pretty cool - it's really worth the visit :)

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Thank Ruth C
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

If you just have an hour, this is a treat not to be missed. The tower is beautifully maintained and run by a staff of cheerful friendly volunteers. If you like literature you'll enjoy the connections this little gem provides. And the view from the top of the tower is wonderful.

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Boblingen, Germany
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

My trip to Dublin was primarily James Joyce themed and thusly this was on my list of places to visit. It is a quick 10 minute walk from the Dart Station so getting there is pretty simple via public transit. The staff are in the know on James Joyce and the area is nice to look at. There is no... More 

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