Malahide Castle Review
Malahide Castle in Dublin reopened to the public in October 2012, following extensive renovations to the visitor centre and grounds. Set on 250 acres of beautiful parkland, the castle is the ancestral home of the Talbot family and is located near the coast in East Dublin
Perhaps the biggest and newest feature is the addition of Visitor centre, accessed through the eye catching walled courtyard. Visitors can also now sample cuisine delights at the wonderful Avoca Cafe, or browse through the Avoca store with its beautiful and unique collections of clothes, jewellery and numerous household items on offer.
The gardens have been landscaped allowing outdoor walks amongst flower beds and hedgerows and a new interactive area of the visitor centre provides an interesting attraction for school groups as well as general visitors. The history of the castle, its previous owners and also interesting facts about Lord Milo Talbot’s Walled Gardens are displayed on exhibition pieces and plaques throughout the exhibition area.
On his travels, Milo Talbot collected many different species of plants and flowers from around the world to make up his garden. The gardens cover 22 acres of natural fauna, landscaped beds and shrubs, magnificent trees and open parkland to browse at leisure. The open areas are hugely popular with picnics in the Summer months.
Malahide Castle is open for tours and visitors can enjoy a brand new interactive exhibition. Knowledgeable tour guides give an introduction to the castles former owners – the Talbot family, who lived here from 1185 to 1973 when the last Talbot died. Visitors are taken through many rooms in the Castle, dating back over 800 years. View and hear about the decor of the time, see historical paintings and ponder the social and political history which defined the day to day operation of the castle.
Towards the end of the Castle tour, visitors are introduced to the Great Hall, where banquets would have been enjoyed by many generations of the Talbot family. This room has served as a modern meeting place too and in recent times has hosted State dinners for visiting EU dignitaries.
Local folklore has it that Malahide Castle is home today to five ghosts. Let us know if you spot one of your day out!
Open 7 days a week!
Main Shop & Foodhall:
Mon to Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Mon to Fri: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Family – 2 Adults & 2 Children: €26.00
Family – 2 Adults & 6 children: €30.00