Visitors can expect an enhanced visitor experience on entering the castle, including a new Talbot Family Exhibition and interpretation area on the ground floor of the castle, friendly & experienced guides -offering guided tours in different languages. In the old castle courtyard visitors can expect a brand new visitor centre where tickets can be bought for guided & audio tours of the castle & gardens.
The stunning walled gardens will also be opened to the public for the first time- allowing visitors to ramble around at their own pace!
Within the visitor centre in the courtyard, a new interpretation & exhibition area tells visitors the story of the walled gardens as seen through the eyes of 'Lord Milo Talbot', the creator of the gardens and grounds as seen today.
Another added feature is our new education/conference area for groups and schools! We hope you enjoy the new experiencePlease
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles.
The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Talbot died. 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, where portraits of generations of the family tell their own story of Ireland's stormy history. Many additions and alterations have been made to this romantic and beautiful structure, but the contours of the surrounding parklands have changed little in 800 years, retaining a sense of the past.
As befits the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland, Malahide Castle has many ghostly traditions. Many historic castles and houses have one ghost, some have two or three, but Malahide Castle has five.
How to Get There
Bus 42 from city centre. Suburban rail and DART from Connolly station to Malahide.
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.