Explore the Heritage of South Dublin

Thank you for visiting this site, which provides access to a series of audio heritage walks of South Dublin County centred on the villages of the County – Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Rathcoole, Saggart, Tallaght and Templeogue.

To undertake these audio walks, please go to http://heritagewalks.sdcc.ie on your mobile device. Free public WIFI is available in each village.

These walks aren’t just good exercise – they’re a fascinating history lesson! We hope you enjoy exploring the villages of South Dublin County.

If you would like to find out more about the history of South Dublin County, please visit:

SOURCE, South Dublin’s Digital Archive
Online Historical Mapping
Local Studies
South Dublin Libraries website and catalogue
South Dublin County History

Or the Local Studies Collection at the County Library in Tallaght or any of our libraries.

Clondalkin

This walk will take in key sites of historical interest in the area, including the Mill Centre, a round tower, Tully’s Castle and more. The total distance involved is about four kilometres or an hour and a half, though you can shorten this to a single kilometre and a half hour by concentrating on stops in the village.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Clondalkin Heritage Walk»

Lucan

In this tour, we’ll explore some of the most interesting features, buildings and stories from Lucan’s rich heritage, including the early history of Lucan Demesne, the Griffeen River, and James Gandon, one of the village’s most famous residents.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Lucan Heritage Walk»

Newcastle

This historical walking tour of Newcastle from South Dublin County Council, takes in the Norman, ecclesiastical and medieval heritage of the village. Two famous places of note in Irish history are located just outside Newcastle. Peamount Hospital, which is two kilometres away, and Baldonnel Airbase, located four kilometres from here, are well worth a visit, especially if you have arrived here by car. As this is a walking tour however, and as both have limited public access, neither will be covered in our tour of Newcastle itself.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Newcastle Heritage Walk»

Palmerston

This walk will explore the centuries-old industrial, ecclesiastical and architectural heritage of the Dublin suburb, incorporating as much of the old village as possible. The walk covers approximately two kilometres and takes between 30 and 40 minutes.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Palmerston Heritage Walk»

Rathcoole

Taking in sites with ties to early Christian Ireland, Ireland’s struggle for independence, and other parts of the locality’s rich history, this tour will cover approximately two and a half kilometres.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Rathcoole Heritage Walk»

Rathfarnham

This tour will cover some of the most interesting sites in the village, including Rathfarnham Castle, Riversdale (which was a former residence of W.B. Yeats) and St. Enda’s, the school founded by Pádraig Pearse. The entire walk covers eight kilometres and takes about an hour and a half.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Rathfarnham Heritage Walk»

Saggart

This leisurely tour takes in Saggart’s most important sites, spanning millennia of Irish history. From megalithic standing stones at Boherboy to the remains of Mosacra’s 7th monastery in Saggart cemetery, this tour is not just good exercise: it’s a fascinating history lesson. The walk takes around half an hour to complete and covers approximately 2.5 kilometres.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Saggart Heritage Walk»

Tallaght

Thank you for downloading this walking tour of Tallaght from South Dublin County Council. The walk will take approximately one hour and twenty minutes and covers the town’s origins as a monastic centre right through to its modern urban environment.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Tallaght Heritage Walk»

Templeogue

Taking in sites of significant importance to Irish and local heritage, our walk will take roughly one hour and twenty minutes. Please use pedestrian crossings and apply the safe cross code when crossing roads during the tour.


Click here to download a printable .pdf of the Templeogue Heritage Walk»

For further information on the history and heritage of South Dublin, visit: