Dublin – Malahide Castle and Gardens

"Malahide Castle and Gardens"

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Malahide Castle 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 in 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, the Castle and grounds are now operated by Shannon Heritage in conjunction with Fingal County Council and are one of the most popular attractions in Dublin.

Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland and is set on 270 acres  in Dublin and was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years.

The park was in the ownership of the Talbot Family in an almost unbroken line between the years 1185 and 1975 when the park was bought by Dublin County Council. The parkland is a good example of an eighteenth century landscape park with perimeter woodland belt surrounding extensive lawns.

The house is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery. The history of the Talbot family is recorded in the Great Hall, with portraits of generations of the family telling their own story of Ireland’s stormy history. One of the more poignant legends concerns the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, when fourteen members of the family breakfasted together in this room, never to return, as all were dead by nightfall.

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

Malahide Castle has a wonderful Avoca café & store along with the Malahide Castle Gift Shop and the Malahide Outdoor Store.

You can also hire some bikes from the Irish Centre for Cycling located in the visitor centre and take a tour around the beautiful Malahide Village & coastline. For more information visit www.irishcentreforcycling.ie

Tours At Malahide Castle

A visit to Malahide Castle is so much more than just a tour, it is an engaging and truly memorable experience and is guaranteed to be the highlight of your visit to Dublin.

Malahide Castle Opening Times

Open all year round

  • Monday – Sunday / 9.30 – 16.30 (last guide tour 15.30 November – March)

Admission Prices To Malahide Castle and Gardens

  • Adults:- €12.00
  • Student:- €8.00
  • Child:-  €6.00
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children) :-  €26.00
  • Family (2 adults + 6 children):- €30.00
  • Senior: €7.50

Book Online:- You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Malahide Castle & Gardens ticket sales

Other Attractions and Facilities At Malahide Castle

  • Beside the Castle is the famous Talbot Botanic Garden established by the late Lord Milo Talbot who had a particular interest in Southern Hemisphere plants particularly Australasian and Chilean species. Among the collection is the National Plant Collection  of the genus Olearia.
  • The Park also includes a Children’s Playground, 9 hole par 3 Golf Course, 18 hole Pitch & Putt Course, Sports Pitches, Tennis Courts and Cricket Pitch, an exercise trail and a boules area.
  • AVOCA store & café, Malahide Castle & Garden Gift shop & visitor Centre
  • Car-parking (3 car-parks) The main car park is 140 metres from Main Entrance, No 2 car park is just inside the main entrance gates and No. 3 car park is on the north side of the estate close to the Railway station.

Gardens at Malahide Castle

While the grounds and parkland are freely available to the public, there are two particular areas of the Castle estate which will be of interest to gardeners. The West Lawn is open Monday – Sundayfrom 9.30 – 16.30 (last guide tour 15.30 November – March)
and is an area of botanical interest having many species of plants from the Southern Hemisphere.
The Walled Gardens of the castle is open daily, all year round from 9.30am and is self guided .

Visit the Gardens Interactive Exhibition

Our interactive exhibits and activities will give you a glimpse into life for the Talbots during the 20th century and a chance to share Milo’s passion for the gardens and the plants he collected and studied.

Tour the Walled Gardens

Simply follow the information panels in the garden and find out about the Victorian Greenhouse, the Old Rose Garden, the Peach House, the Alpine Yard, the Pond and much more.

Explore research material in the Discovery Room

This room is used as a peaceful ‘Reading & Resources’ room, featuring books and research material gathered by local community and gardening groups. It is also be used for meetings and small events, and features the beautiful illustrations by Margaret Stones from ‘The Endemic Flora of Tasmania’ (financing this book is regarded as Lord Talbot’s greatest contribution to botany!)

Take part in group activities and events in the Project Room

The Loft Room & Project Room

Located in the visitor centre both rooms are available to hire for classes, meetings & events. For more information visit www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie

Family Fun Tip for Malahide Castle

If coming from the city or southside, take the DART to Malahide. It’s a pleasant walk to the Castle. And Malahide is a great place to grab a bite to eat later, which a variety of restaurants to choose from.

Getting To Malahide Castle

The Park is situated within easy walking distance of the centre of Malahide Village.

  • By Bus:
Take Bus 42 from City Centre
  • By DART
To Malahide Station
  • By Car
From Dublin Airport – on leaving at the roundabout take the second exit. At the Airport roundabout take the first exit onto the R132 (signpost for Belfast here). At Cloghran roundabout take the second exit onto the Dublin Road – R132 (signpost for Belfast here). Continue straight onto the R132. At Pinnock Hill Roundabout take the second exit onto the R132 (signpost for Belfast here). At the Malahide Road roundabout take the third exit onto the Swords Road – R106 (signpost for Malahide here). Continue straight on this road and take the first exit on the next roundabout onto the Swords Road. Continue straight along this road for approx one mile, turn right at the traffic lights onto the R107. Take the next turn left onto the Back Road and the next turn left into the grounds of Malahide Castle.From city centre – start at the Daniel O’Connell monument on O’Connell Street, turn left onto Amiens Street – R105 (signpost for Malahide, Howth and Fairview here). Go straight through traffic lights onto North Strand Road R105, continue on this road for approx .5 miles then turn left at the traffic lights onto the Malahide Road – R107, continue straight on this road until you reach your first roundabout. Take the second exit on this roundabout onto the Malahide Road, continue straight until you reach another roundabout, take the second exit onto the Malahide Road (signpost for Malahide here). Go straight through the traffic lights continuing on the Malahide Road, you will reach Kinsealy, keep going straight and you will reach Feltrim and then Malahide. Turn right onto the Back Road and take the next turn left into the grounds of Malahide Castle.



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