Malahide Castle is set on 250 acres of park land in the picturesque seaside town of Malahide. For nearly 800 years it served as both a fortress and a private home. It is said to be the oldest Irish castle continuously inhabited by the same family, the Talbots. They lived here from 1185 right up until the last Talbot died in 1973. Legend has it that 14 Talbot cousins breakfasted at the castle before riding out to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 never to return. The house is beautifully furnished with period furniture and also boasts an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery. Many alterations have made been over the years made to the Castle itself, but the surrounding parklands have barely changed in 800 years. The grounds are also open to the public, and appeal to all visitors of all ages. A major feature of Malahide Castle Demesne is the beautiful Talbot Botanic Gardens.
Private banquets are held the medieval great Hall for 30-76 persons. Tours are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Japanese. Coach, bus and car parking is available.
Shopping and Refreshments
A recent addition is the fantastic Avoca store, foodhall and coffee shop, which is popular with locals. Famed for its eclectic mix, favouring both Irish and natural products, Avoca is the perfect place to pick up unusual and beautiful gifts of clothing, cosmetics, home furnishings or food items.
Castle Demesne and Childrens' Playgrounds
The grounds of the castle are worth visiting in their own right. A small wooded area makes for a fine short walk, while there is also a wonderful park for children, divided into two sections. One section contains a sandpit and toddler-friendly swings, a small slide, sand pit, and other playground items aimed at younger children. Another section has a giant slide, climbing frame, and other items aimed at older children.
Image by Robert Müller