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James Joyce Tower & Museum

8 Reviews
Address: Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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Phone: +353-1-280-9265

What people are saying:

A tower with a history of more than 200 years is the beginning of the novel "Ulysses", the most influential in the history of Irish literature. This tower is the exciting Martello Tower, where Joyce started writing this novel. Mateluo Tower was a seaside fort built to prevent Napoleon’s French invasion. A large number of Joyce's manuscripts, souvenirs and works in various versions are exhibited downstairs, including translations in languages around the world; the ones upstairs are the same as when Joyce briefly stayed here a hundred years ago. In addition, Dun Laoghaire, the town where the tower is located, is also a small town with a very beautiful view of Dublin Bay. It is suitable for young artists to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a relaxing day trip to the suburbs. Walking along the seaside trail all the way, Putting the Buddha back to the years of a hundred years ago, it has not changed at all in the old time.

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  • StephenCr0ss
    Dublin, County Dublin

    Super history & Martello Tower

    This is a super Museum that is hard to find as it’s right down on the water side. Really well worth a visit.

    Reviewed on /Date(1584607534000+0800)/
  • 535family
    Brighton, United Kingdom

    Fascinating, beautiful and free - don’t miss it

    I did not think I would be that interested in this tower but it was amazing. The staff were very friendly and the events that took place here were so interesting. The view from the top is also beautif...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584410387000+0800)/
  • Seehanes
    United Kingdom

    Unmissable: A Martello tower and James Joyce museum rolled into one, with good views and free admission.

    If you are in the Sandycove area it would be difficult to justify not visiting the James Joyce Tower. The tower is one of a series of small defensive forts that were built along the Dublin coastline i...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582625332000+0800)/
  • 308LisaC

    A Gem

    The museum is based in the pint sized Martello tower that Joyce stayed in for a brief time. It’s a very pleasant short walk around the bay from Dun Laoghaire. The museum is staffed by knowledgeable vo...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582407391000+0800)/
  • eddiem659

    What a gem!

    Visited the tower in December Amazingly everyone running the tower is a volunteer and it is open 365 days a year. Can not recommend it highly enough

    Reviewed on /Date(1578774715000+0800)/

Additional Information


People that have read Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses will recognize this tower as the opening scene. It has been restored and contains pieces of Joyce history and memorabilia, and most spectacularly, an edition of Ulysses with Matisse illustrations. The building is open every day 10am - 6pm (Summer), 10am - 4pm (Winter) and is currently run by volunteers with free admission.
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