Things to see or do
- Directions: The entrance is up a slight incline opposite the Abbey Tavern, Abbey Street, Howth. Howth Dart station is about 10 minutes walk away. The 31 or the 31B from Eden Quay stops nearby.
- Opening times: May to October: 11am-4pm daily November to April: 11am-4pm (weekends only)
- Admission Prices: Admission Prices: €5 Group Admission Prices: €4 Minimum group number is 8.
Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage RadioHowth Dublin - Ireland East
Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio is located in the Martello Tower and houses a fine collection of exhibits chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s to date. There are many examples of early Morse equipment, gramophones, crystal sets, valve radios and other pieces of equipment. Pat Herbert, the curator is always happy to demonstrate some of the many working exhibits. Fittingly, the Martello Tower has historic links with Marconi and Lee de Forest, two of the fathers of wireless, who conducted early experiments from the tower in the 1900's. It was also the site where the first communications cable from Holyhead in Wales to Ireland was laid in 1852. The Howth Martello is one of a network of towers built as lookouts for an expected Napoleonic invasion, which never materialised.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)86 815 4189
Address: Martello Tower,, Abbey Street, Howth, Co Dublin, Fingal, Republic of Ireland