The James Joyce Tower is a Martello tower situated on a cliff top in South County Dublin.
The tower is best known for featuring in the opening section of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
The tower today houses a museum which contains letters, photographs and personal possessions of Joyce. It also contains rare editions of his work and items such as the original key of the tower, a plaster bust of Joyce by Milton Hebald and two plaster death masks of Joyce by the sculptor Paul Speck.
Visitors can see Joyce’s living room and access the roof up a narrow winding staircase. From the roof there is a panoramic view across Dublin Bay where “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead”.
Each June 16th Bloomsday is celebrated and the focus is on the tower where it began.