The James Joyce Museum
DUN LAOGHAIRE, DUBLIN
Built by the British as a defence against a possible invasion by Napoleon, the tower has walls approximately 8ft thick and an original entrance door 13ft above the ground. The tower was once the temporary home of James Joyce, who depicted this setting in the opening scene of Ulysses. The structure is now a museum devoted to the author. 'Bloomsday', the day in 1904 on which all the action of Ulysses is set, is celebrated annually on 16th June. On this day, the museum is open from 8-6 for visits, readings from Ulysses and performances of various kinds, Edwardian costume is encouraged.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Access to ground floor only
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, last Sun in Mar-last Sat in Oct 10-6; last Sun in Oct-last Sat in Mar 10-4
Also in the area
About the area
It is often visited on a weekend trip, but rushing around is not the best way to experience Dublin. When Ireland joined the European Union, an economic boom began that flourished in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years of the 1990s – fashion, the arts, food and Irish culture all blossomed, turning Dublin into one of the world’s hottest city destinations. Its transformation has continued into the 21st century with a technology boom.
There is something very special about this small city with its split personality – exhilarating and chic on one side but traditional, with an older generation still hanging on to pre-EU values, on the other.
One of the city’s irresistible charms is its welcoming people; so take time to relax in the pubs and cafes while absorbing the craic that is synonymous with the Irish. Slide away from the touristy themed pubs to discover the real heart of Dublin in its less well known taverns and in conversation with the locals.
Places to Stay
Restaurants and Pubs
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