|Address||:||Malahide, Co. Dublin|
|Phone||:||+353 (0)1 8169538|
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, it's a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years.
Malahide Castle ( Caisleán Mhullach Íde), is one of historical castels in county Dublin which part of it dates back to the 12th century. The castle lies, with over 260 acres (1.1 km2) of remaining estate parkland (the Malahide Demesne Regional Park), close to the village of Malahide, nine miles (14 km) north of Dublin in Ireland.
History of Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle is very unique in Ireland because the Talbot family managed to keep control of the castle for 791 years. The Talbot family began their reign in 1185 and ended in 1976 despite a short interlude, 1649 to 1660, while Cromwell marched through Ireland.
The lands and harbor of Malahide were granted to Richard Talbot in 1185, one of the knights who arrived in Ireland with Henry II in 1174. According to Burke's Peerage, Richard Talbot or de Talbot was the common ancestor of the Lords of Malahide and of the Earls of Shrewsbury.
Malahide Castle is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery.
Considering places to visit in Dublin, 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.
Open All year round*
From 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Sunday
Last guided tours of castle at 4.30pm or 3.30pm Nov - Mar
*Closed for Christmas on 24th, 25th, 26th December
Malahide Castle Tours
There are four main reception rooms and bedrooms open to the public as part of the guided tours of the castle. The castle's knowledgable and friendly guides will take visitors on a journey through time and give them an extraordinary glimpse into the life in the castle during the 800 years that the Talbot family resided there - right up until 1975!
Highlights of the tour are the beautiful reception rooms, The Oak Room, The Small & Large Drawing Rooms and the Great Hall, home to the original Battle of the Boyne painting - on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland. The castle is adorned with beautiful period furniture and an extensive collection of paintings from the National Gallery of Ireland.
The guided tours start from 9.30am daily all throughout the year ( except 3 days in December) and last approximately 45 minutes, however allow plenty of time to roam through the private gardens, visit the interpretive areas and simply enjoy the beautiful surrounding parklands at Malahide Castle.
Guided tours are available in 6 different languages via our interactive audio sets, they are: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. All the tours are conducted by an English speaking guide. The last guided tour is at 4.30pm and 3.30pm from November through to March.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by contacting castel's reservations department on +353 1 8169538, alternatively you can purchase tickets on the day at the admission desk in the visitor centre, located in the Courtyard. All tickets must be collected at the Visitor Centre prior to entering the castle.
Adult €12 ,Child €6, Student €8, Senior €7.50, Family tickets from €30
Group rates also available; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The beautiful ornamental gardens beside the castle is in area of about 22 acres and were largely created by Lord Milo Talbot. He was an enthusiastic plant collector who brought specimens from around the world to create the gardens here; he also re-landscaped the grounds here to dramatic effect.
In all there are in excess of 5000 difference species and varieties of plants present. The gardens are best described as a small Botanic garden. In addition to the abundance of flora the exhibition presents fascinating stories about the gardens, Milo and Rose and the wonderful world of southern hemisphere plants
Avoca Foodhall and Cafe
The Avoca Store and Cafe is located in the courtyard of Malahide Castle. Avoca which is renowned acorss the world for its locally sourced delecious Irish food, artisan food from home and abroad and beautifully hand made Irish products are super attraction at Malahide Castle and Garden.
The Demesne and the grounds around Malahide Castle have beautiful walking area; picnic tables, 9 hole golf course, 18 hole pitch and putt course, tennis courts, a beautiful Criket ground and much more. Ideal place for the family to enjoy the summer afternoons. While you enjoy the pedestrian paths throughout the picturesque park you will notice several buildings of arctictectural and archaeological interest. For more information about these beautiful buildings.