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Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

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What an amazing place! So much fantastically interesting stuff in a small but thoroughly intriguing... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
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A chance to reminisce

Despite arriving just as he was closing for the day, the wonderful Michael let us pop in for a... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Martello Tower Abbey Street | Opposite Abbey Tavern, Howth, Ireland
+353 86 815 4189
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Want to see the first type of crystal radio. Or a radio recycled radio made from coca cola bottlle tops. Michael will keep you amused with lots of facts and interesting stories about the radios and how they came to be in the collection. During...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

What an amazing place! So much fantastically interesting stuff in a small but thoroughly intriguing museum. Michael was a wonderful host and took me on an informative, insightful and entertaining journey through the history of radio and television. I stumbled on this place by accident...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

Despite arriving just as he was closing for the day, the wonderful Michael let us pop in for a quick look that lasted 45minutes as we stepped back into our childhoods picking out the radios, telephones and toys we grew up with.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

An amazing collection of devices, that take you through the long history of sound and vision. Michael is very knowledgeable and makes it all fun with his Irish humour. Well worth a visit. Plus, the view from the hill is wonderful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul M
Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Wow this is an amazing little gem of a museum and the people that run it are full of enthusiasm and a mind full of interesting knowledge. We spent an hour here and found out plenty of interesting history not only about radio but local...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

A small place full of history and items related with communications, specially radio and TV. The best is the explanations from the guide, owner and friends. Highly recommended to visit:)

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

This wonderful collection is an 'homage' to all foms of communication throughout the past 150 years or more. It is lovingly presented in a 19th century Martello tower which itself has a radio- related pedigree. There is everything here and I defy anyone to not...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank James H
Reviewed August 1, 2017

This museum is a must for anyone interested in the history of radio. There are some very novel radios and record players here that you probably will not see elsewhere. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Brian Q
Reviewed July 8, 2017

This museum covers telecommunications from the beginning. Whether young or old this is a fascinating insight into telecommunications, radio broadcasting and aesthetic product design - ranging from radios designed as cars to telephones designed as Disney characters.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank JamesN2644
Reviewed June 29, 2017

This little museum with a large collection was recommended to us by someone in Dublin City when we said we were going to Howth. Housed in a Martello tower is one man's lifetime collection of wireless memorabilia. It is absolutely fascinating made even more so...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Response from gawley19 | Reviewed this property |
If you stand with your back to the Abbey tavern there is a retro toy shop across the road with a lane to the left of it going up a steep hill, which leads to the Martello tower that is the museum. It might be €5 for kids €10... More