Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy


 of Vintage Radio

OPEN 11am to 4pmMay to October - 7 days a weekNovember to April - Saturdays and Sundays only

Contact Simon at +353 86 381 8865 for the latest updates

Amateur Radio Station EI0MAR

is located in the tower

                         The Museum is located in the Martello Tower overlooking Howth Harbour, Fingal, County Dublin, Ireland.

Entrance opposite the Abbey Tavern in Abbey Street, Howth.

Follow this path off Abbey Street beside the Howth Music School

The Tower is at the top of the path.

Postal address:

Museum of Vintage Radio

Martello Tower

Abbey Street



D13 V099

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Pat Herbert, the founder and curator of The Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio, sadly he passed away on the 18th of June, 2020.

The museum has been a very special place since it first opened its doors in 2003. Pat had begun collecting radios and all things connected with communications, when he was working in the construction industry in London in the 1950’s. His collection grew over the years and found its rightful home in the Martello Tower which has a long history with the story of radio in Ireland. Pat had an encyclopedic knowledge on the history of radio and was also a great storyteller. He generously allowed the setting up of the amateur station EI0MAR in the Martello Tower and was always fascinated with the contacts made throughout the world over the airwaves. He was the best of men, a gentleman and he will be greatly missed. To his children Yvonne, Noel and Simon, and Geraldine his partner, his extended family and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

Contact the Museum at:

Mobile 086 381 8865

+353 86 381 8865

Induction Coil, similar to the ones Marconi used in his early transmitters. With 12 Volts applied to the input terminals, a spark will jump across the output gap.

The coil in action.

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Follow this path off Abbey Street beside the Howth Music School.

The Tower is at the top of the path.