Malahide Castle, Malahide

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Home to the same family for nearly eight centuries, Malahide Castle sits just a few minutes north of the capital city, easily accessible by car or public bus. The estate dates back to the 12th century, when Richard Talbot (a knight serving King Henry II) received these lands as part of a royal grant. Talbot's descendants lived here until 1976, expanding and modifying the original structure over the centuries. Take a guided tour to see the interior of the castle, noted for its Talbot family portraits and decorative carvings. The surrounding parkland also contains several popular attractions, including a museum housing a large collection of antique dolls and toys. For Malahide Castle and beyond, use our Malahide itinerary maker app to get the most from your Malahide vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    the castle is nice because it is furnished garden is huge and beautiful the guided tour in English is a audio guide. The Museum Shop offers pretty things
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  • August 16, 2017
    Do a tour of the castle and gardens, take sometime to walk in the extensive grounds and visit the cafe and playground.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Spent a few hours here with our three kids. Very interesting gardens (the first glass house with the butterflies was definitely a highlight for our five-year-old!) and great guided tour with Maria. Sh...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Really nice place. Great little tour and walking through the gardens was really nice. However it looked like it could need a bit more funding as the gardens were a bit messy. Perhaps also a few more signs to tell stories about the gardens and the houses if there is any? There must be. It would be a great feature to have more story along the way.
  • June 18, 2017
    We had a wonderful time. The guided tour was well worth it. Knowledgeable, dedicated tour guides do a great job of summarizing the castle's 800+ year history. Only about 20 minutes north of Dublin airport, the castle and gardens are a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Several well-kept greenhouses and a butterfly habitat make for a relaxing tour of the castle grounds.
  • July 5, 2017
    Loved the drive out with the Hop On Hop Off Red bus City Site Seeing, sit up top for the view. The guided tour through is fun and the guide shared a lot of the history with us. This castle is stunning.
  • June 14, 2017
    Customer service was very bad. The parking lot was closing at 2pm because of a concert but no one told us when we bought our tickets so we took our time and we couldn't visit everything, especially the walled garden. The lady at the counter wasn't agreeable at all when we asked to be able to come another day with our tickets. The castle and grounds are nice though, even though the tour guide spoke very quickly.
  • May 23, 2017
    We recently visited the Malahide Castle with few of our friends. The grounds at the Malahide Castle are vast and very beautiful. After some deliberation we decided to take a guided tour of the Castle for a fee. We first went to Botanical Garden and got confused finding way to Castle. Later discovered through map that you have to return to the Central building (where we bought tickets) and go on the other side for Castle entrance. There is a lot of history in the Castle and the staff has done a great job of preserving each room and the guide explains it beautifully. However the Castle itself was quite small from the other castles we have seen. Once through with the Castle tour we came back to Central Building to visit the shops and cafe. Stayed for some more time on the grounds. It was an overall good experience...

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