Explore This Magnificent and Historic 12th Century Castle Just Outside of Dublin City
One of Ireland's oldest castles, Malahide castle and its gardens have been set on 260 acres just outside Dublin since the 12th century. For more than 800 years, the castle was home to the Talbot family and is closely connected to their history. The family's history can be explored in an exhibition on the ground floor and the castle itself can be seen on a guided tour through the reception rooms. Your group will get insights on some personal details of the Talbot family members as well, since the tour puts a strong focus on how the legacy of this family has impacted all the inhabitants and visitors of Malahide Castle.
The gardens were created by Lord Milo Talbot, who was a passionate plant collector and traveller, between 1940 and 1970. They can be accessed freely and are home to rabbits, squirrels, birds and other forest dwellers. The gardens attempt to share his dedication with visitors by showcasing and preserving his large collection of greenery from the southern hemisphere.
Your group can also rent bikes at the visitor centre to explore the grounds or even longer routes leading up to the coastline.
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Daily from 9:30 – 17:30
Last guided tour at 16:30 (Apr-Oct) or 15:30 (Nov-Mar)
Notes for Group Leaders
Malahide Castle is around 60 minutes by public bus or by DART from Dublin City Centre. We recommend to take either the public bus 32 or the train at O' Connolly Station. You can also book a private bus transfer for your group with us - contact us for details.
Duration of Tour
Approximately 60 minutes
Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland, 25 minutes walk from the DART station