Malahide Castle lies about 40 minutes drive to the North of Dublin City. The village itself is a lovely picturesque bustling seaside village. It’s a great little spot for a half day excursion and full of little shops, pubs and restaurants to easily keep you entertained. On the edge of the village lies extensive parkland at the centre of which is Malahide Castle. The castle itself is small but it has the romantic look with castellated roofing and turrets. The original part of the castle was built in the tower shaped Norman style and has stood for the last 600 years. The castle was in the Talbot family for all this time except for a decade during the Cromwellian years. The last resident, Rose Talbot, handed over the castle to the Irish State after she couldn’t pay the inheritance taxes.
The new visitors centre in the courtyard is beside the coach park so you enter there on arrival and collect your tickets from the reception desk. Each member of the group will get an individual ticket although only one person need go and collect them all. The reason everyone gets their own ticket is that they need them to enter the Botanic Gardens which are also included in the tour.
For the Malahide castle tour, you will walk over to the front of the castle and upon entry, you will be shown to the reception area where you gather before the start of the tour. There are a few artifacts here and some history of the castle. Photography is allowed in the castle but you must turn off the flash.
The tour takes about 40 minutes and takes you through the oldest part of the castle, the dining room, the
drawing room, into the turrets and finishes in the Grand Hall where the Ghost Door is a feature.
After the tour, the group will have free time to explore the extensive gardens and parkland walks. On site there is also Avoca coffee shop and craft shop.
We can combine this tour with Howth Village and fit them both into a half day programme or you could include Malahide in a Boyne Valley full day excursion if you wish.
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Author: Sandra Curtin