Malahide Castle and Gardens

Malahide Castle and Gardens is a family attraction in North County Dublin, is a great place for a family fun day out, with a variety of things to do and see which should keep kids and adults alike entertained.

Set on 260 acres of lush parkland in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, the castle and grounds are one of the most popular attractions in Dublin.

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Malahide Castle

With its dramatic 800 year heritage, Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland. Visitors can discover its secrets on a guided tour.

The castle is furnished with beautiful period furniture and an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, many on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland.

Learn how courting couples got to know each other on the confidante sofa, see the extraordinary hand woven rug transported back to Malahide from China in the 1950s, and don’t miss the unusual souvenir Isabel Talbot brought back from King George V’s coronation in Westminster Abbey!

Get a glimpse into the personal lives of the castle residents with access to the Master and Ladies private bedrooms.

Summer 2024 News

The Grand Unveiling of the Reimagined Faily Trail

Malahide Castle and Gardens Unveils the Enchanting Reimagined Fairy Trail, Sparking Imagination and Family Fun.

They are thrilled to announce the grand unveiling of the Reimagined Fairy Trail, an immersive experience designed to ignite children’s imaginations and create lasting family memories.

For more information about the Grand Unveiling of the Reimagined FairyTrail look here

Malahide Gardens

Outside in the gardens, discover 5,000 plant varieties, perfect picnic spots and much more during your visit.

Get lost down the winding walkways of the botanical Walled Garden and discover the exotic Butterfly House where you can see 20 different species fluttering their wings.

Stretching over 20 acres of lush grass and woodland, the West Lawn is home to the enchanted Fairy Trail – the most magical part of any visit to Malahide Castle and Gardens. A paradise for photographers, some of the best views of the castle are here. And nature lovers can find rare trees from all over the world.

Enjoy lunch and a spot of retail therapy in the Avoca store, café and food market in the Visitor Centre.

The grounds of the Castle are freely open to the public, with a number of entrances and ample free car parking on-site. There are walks, playing fields and near the house, a children’s playground.

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Malahide Castle Opening Times and Tours

Malahide Castle and Gardens is open 363 days of the year.

Tours of Malahide Castle run daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm in summer (3.30pm in winter). Tickets for a guided tour include entrance to the West Lawn and Walled Gardens.

Admission Prices To Malahide Castle and Gardens

Booking Online:- You can book online here through our booking link directly to the Malahide Castle and Gardens ticket sales

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School Tours at Malahide Castle and Gardens

Fun-filled educational days out for primary schools.

Explore the 800-year-old castle with a guided tour designed especially for primary school students. See the rooms where the Lords and Ladies of Malahide lived for hundreds of years, hear tales of battles and banquets and learn more about the infamous Malahide Castle ghosts!

Then continue the fun outdoors. Younger students can get caught up in the magic of our fun woodland Fairy Trail, which is just outside the castle on the West Law.

Malahide Castle and Gardens offer a number of different packages for primary and secondary school tours. Visit their website for more information or contact the Reservations Team on 061 711 222.

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Malahide Castle and Gardens Fairy Trail

Full of magic and fun, our interactive Fairy Trail is perfect for kids of all ages.

Family friendly in every sense of the word, the Fairy Trail is an enchanting experience in the wooded West Lawn.

With fun sculptures, fairy houses and lots of other hidden gems to find, little visitors are invited to use the interactive booklet to solve clues and answer questions on their way around the trail.

Malahide Castle and Gardens tickets include entry to the Fairy Trail on the West Lawn. Interactive trail booklets are available at the Admissions Desk and priced at €2 each (under 3 Tickets for the Fairy Trail only are also available.

Hungry fairy spotters take note: all Fairy Trail ticket holders can enjoy 25% off children’s meals at the Avoca café in the Visitor Centre!

Booking Online:- You can book online here through our booking link directly to the Fairy Trail  ticket sales

Casino Model Railway-

Why not visit the Casino Model Railway while you are here!

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Getting to Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle and Gardens is located a 10 minute drive from Dublin Airport and a 25 minute drive from Dublin city centre. Ample free parking is available on-site.

There are plenty of public transport options available. Dublin Bus routes 32 and 42 connect Dublin city center with Malahide Village, a ten minute walk from the castle. There is also a direct bus from Dublin Airport to Malahide on route number 102. The DART, Dublin’s rail network, serves Malahide from a number of city centre stations.