The Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio houses an extensive collection of exhibits chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s onwards. There are examples of early Morse equipment, gramophones, crystal sets, valve radios and other pieces of equipment. The original curator was Pat Herbert; he died in 2020.
Located in the Howth Martello Tower, the site has historic links with Marconi and Lee deForest, two of the fathers of wireless, who conducted early experiments from the tower in the 1900’s. One of the first ship-to-shore messages was received in this building.
The Martello tower is located on Tower Hill, overlooking Howth Harbour. Access is from Abbey Street up a sloping pathway, almost opposite the Abbey Tavern.
May to Oct: 7 days a week, 11am – 4pm.
Nov to Apr: Saturdays and Sundays only, 11am – 4pm.
Contact & Pricing:
Phone 086 381 8865
Martello Tower, Howth, Co. Dublin
Admission: Adults €5; concessions