Malahide Castle is located in the North of Dublin on Malahide Road. The local Dublin Bus tours have a package you can purchase for 22 Euro that takes you from City Centre to Malahide. The best part of the trip was the ride itself. The tour driver was really funny and shared all kinds of interesting pieces of history along the way to and from Malahide Castle. I wasn't very impressed with Malahide Castle, though. It was a rather small castle with nothing spectacular worth noting.
On the northern outskirts of Dublin, near the airport, Malahide Castle was the home of the Talbot family from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died. Such longevity for a single family is very unusual in Ireland where winners of one conflict tended to become losers of the next, but the Talbots were better than most at adjusting to new realities and so got to keep their beautiful home and its lands. Its now maintained by the state and is well worth a tour. The Castle is of course haunted and walking around it you can definitely get a sense of its history. Its situated in 250 acres of parkland and is a popular venue for families escaping Dublin for the weekend, with playgrounds, sports fields and even a model railway in the grounds. Beside the Castle is a craft courtyard where a famous dolls house is on permanent display. The coffee shop makes a pleasant stop at the end of the tour.
If you don't have the time to drive around Ireland visiting stone castles and can only see one, Malahide Castle is it. The Talbot family owned this castle since the 12th century, and has the look of a true Irish stone castle. The parks and gardens around the castle are huge and within a half hour ride from the center city, you end up in this beautiful seaside town.
Malahide Castle, one of Ireland's oldest and most romantic castles , has changed very little in 800 years. It was occupied by th Talbot family from 1185-1873, when the last Lord Talbot died, and the story of the family reflects Ireland's own turbulent history. The house is beautifully furnished with period pieces and there is an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings. The castle is surrounded by 250 acres of parkland, and set in the attractive seaside resort of Malahide.
Malahide castle was the first real castle that I ever saw so it will always be rather special in my memory. Regardless of the castle itself though, the whole estate and surroundings are beautiful and well worth your time.
This spectacular castle remained in the hands of the same family for nearly 800 years, the property having been originally granted to Robert Talbot by Prince John, Lord of Ireland. The castle features the only surviving original medieval great hall in Ireland, which is hung with a gallery of family portraits. The castle's accompanying demesne was completed by Lord Talbot de Malahide in 1973 and features in excess of 5000 different species of shrubs and trees.