Malahide Castle & Gardens

Malahide, Dublin
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This historic landmark on Dublin’s north coast. Tour guides will take you on a journey through the history of the Talbot Family and their fascinating legacy.

THE CASTLE ROOMS TOUR

There are four main reception rooms and bedrooms open to the public as part of our guided tours of the castle. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will take you on a journey through time and give you 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.

Our 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 our private gardens, visit our 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, we have German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. All our tours are conducted by an English-speaking guide. Our last guided tour is at 4.30pm and 3.30pm from November through to March.

Ticket prices:

Adult €12, Child €6, Student €8, Senior €7.50, Family tickets from €30

Group rates also available; please contact reservations@shannonheritage.com for further information.

THE CASTLE EXHIBITION

The Talbots were one of Ireland’s most prominent families, were involved in some of the key moments and events in this country’s history and have left this castle and grounds as their legacy.

  • The legacy of Lord Milo
  • The Demesne and village
  • A haunted castle
  • Protecting the past
  • A family home
  • Glimpses of the past
  • A treasure uncovered
  • The Talbots abroad
  • The Battle of the Boyne
  • Picturing the past

 

THE CASTLE INTERPRETIVE AREA

Malahide Castle’s interpretive area is located on the ground floor of the castle. Upon entering the castle visitors can enjoy meandering their way around the caverned interpretive area prior to or after taking the guided tour. The interpretive area is a great way to find out a little bit more about Malahide Castle and its rich history and the fascinating story of the Talbot Family- not forgetting some of the ghostly residents!

The panels of information focus on key family members and shares some personal glimpses of life in the castle.

Private Tours & receptions- For those interested in something a little more exclusive for your guests or group, Malahide Castle can cater for private tours in the evening from 6pm, The caverned interpretive area is the ideal space for an intimate drinks/canape reception before embarking on an exclusive tour of the castle.

THE GARDENS

THE GARDENS INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION

The aim of our exhibition is to help you to share in Milo’s passion with this garden, southern hemisphere plants and travel. Malahide Gardens, as a small botanic garden, is full of amazing plants, fascinating stories and hours of learning and entertainment. Come explore it with us!

Interactive: Use touch screens to explore Milo’s detailed notes and botanic information cards, Isabel’s garden diary and attempt to decipher Milo’s notes written in code.

Around the world in twenty plants: From Europe to South America, Australasia and the Far East, the plants of Malahide Gardens present an opportunity to travel the world while exploring the gardens

THE WALLED GARDEN

The first sign of ornamental gardening appears on the ordnance survey maps of 1872, when the triangular section of the North West corner was sectioned off for flowers.

Originally a kitchen garden for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, the walled garden replaced an earlier garden to the South East of the castle. It is large by Irish standards and is unusual in not following the typical rectangular design and having a very large pond at the South Western corner.

This area was extended in 1902 with the arrival of Lady Isabel Talbot, a very keen gardener and again in 1946 as Lord Milo Talbot’s plant collection increased. The garden is divided into different areas and gives the impression of a series of secret gardens. There are 7 glasshouses ranging in size from the Primula house to the Victorian Conservatory.

A ticket for the garden exhibition and Walled Garden will include access to the Walled Garden.

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Opening hours

Open All year round*
From 9.30am- 5.30pm Monday-Sunday
Last guided tours of castle at 4.30pm or 3.30pm Nov-Mar

Latitude: 53.444865

Longitude: -6.164536