Malahide has one of the nicest beaches on the east coast, with the coast line sharp formed of both sand and rocks. It is true magic that the tide has such great impact on the place, at one point you are able to walk full distance to hope on the beach, next minute - the water comes to shore. But do not worry, even when the tide is high you can safely walk by the shore, thanks to a great community projest - the health routes that takes about 15 km and runs from Malahide to Howth.
I couldn't walk the whole distance, but I managed to get by foot to Portmarnock, another nice place to visit in Fingal :)
Malahide has an amazing Marina which is well known in Dublin County Area and a favorite for many Irish yachters. One of it's biggest assest is location, it is close close to Dublin (a quick journey on the M50, mere miles away from the Airport and well accesible by public transport. The location makes it perfect for cruising along the scenic east coast of Ireland.
Visitors will find all the necessary services in the marina centre or Malahide itself.
Restaurants, pubs, hotels and shops. Within walking distance there also is a park, botanical garden - and what is more important (for me) an amazing beach! For sport maniacs a golf course and a tennis court is alsa accessible :)
The Marina is open all year round, so if you have a chance, go and check it out :) Perfect place for a family activity weekend or a romantic get-away (I know I tried it out!)
Tara's Palace is undoubtedly one of the world's most significant exhibition of Doll's Houses, beutifully arranged compositions will take your breaths away!
This museum is decorated with Paintings by leading Irish Artists and consist of miniature furnishing masterpieces adorn the State Rooms and private apartments. The displays are supported by a collection of dolls, antique toys and other dolls houses, including "Portobello", circa 1700, one of the earliest surviving dolls houses from the Collection of Vivien Green, Dolls House from the family of Lady Wilde (Oscar's Mother).
It is a great tourist spot as it adjoins the Fry Model Railway and the Malahide castle.
Perfect place for a family get-away.
Malahide Castle is set on 250 acres of park land and was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years. The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died, his sister sold it to the town of Malahide and moved to Australia.
The house is certailny worth visiting, it is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings. A guided tour will take you centuries back to everyday life of the Talbot family and maybe if you are really lucky you will spot the castle ghost!
January – December
Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm
April – September
Sunday & public holidays 10am to 6pm
October – March
Sunday & public holidays 11am to 5pm
Closed for tours 12.45pm to 2pm
Restaurant remains open during lunch
Children (under 12): €4.55
There has been found traces of settlement in Malahide dating back as far as 6000 BC. In the 8th century the Danes arrived and established a base in the area, and in the 12th century the Normans came. They installed Sir Talbot as Lord of Malahide and his family were Lords of the castle all the time (almost) until 1973. During Georgian times Malahide grew and from that time many fine houses can still be seen in town and along the sea front.
Malahide is situated in the northern end of the DART line and is counted as one of Dublin’s wealthiest suburbs. Being close to the vast parklands of the castle and just by the sea make many opportunities for different recreational activities. There is also a large marina.
The parklands around Malahide Castle covers about 250 acres. Here you can find nice walks, fields for playing and places where it is nice to have a picnic in summer. Within the grounds there are is also a cricket pitch, tennis courts and a golf course. Next to the castle is a botanical garden with more than 500 species of plants (it was closed in February), and near are the ruins of an Abbey, the Fry Model Railway and a few handicraft shops.
For more than 750 years the same family was living at Malahide Castle. The Talbot family lived here between 1185 - 1973, except the years when Cromwell was in Ireland 1649 - 1660. The last Lord Talbot died in 1973 and then his sister sold the castle to the Irish state and moved to a family plantation in Tasmania.
To see the castle you must join a guided tour. I don’t think you will have to wait very long, I didn’t even if it was February when I visited. The first room the group was taken to was a 16th century oak room with beautiful carvings. In the castle there are many lovely furniture and portrait paintings (many of the paintings are from the National Gallery), but you are not allowed to take any photos of them.
Entrance fee is 7 Euro (February 2007).
The castle is open all year round Monday - Saturday between 10am - 5pm. It is also open on Sundays and Public Holidays, April - September 10pm -6am and October - March 11am - 5pm. There are no tours around lunch, 12.45pm - 2pm.
The Fry Model Railway is a unique collection of handmade models of Irish trains, from the beginning of rail travel to modern times. One of the world’s largest miniature railways, the exhibition is unique in that it is a working railway covering an area of 2,500 sq. feet.
Irish and international exhibits from the earliest railway developments are run on a Grand Transport Complex which includes stations, bridges, trams, buses, barges and even the river Liffey… pick out the models of Cork and Heuston Stations, O’Connell Bridge and other Dublin landmarks, perfectly constructed in miniature. Definitely a treat for all the family including adults.
The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. It was home to the Talbot family for 791 years, from 1185 until 1976 following the death of the last Lord Talbot in 1973, the only exception being the period from 1649-1660, when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Corbet was hung following the demise of Cromwell, and the castle was restored to the Talbots.
In the 1920s the private papers of James Boswell were discovered in the castle, and sold to American collector Ralph H. Isham by Boswell's great-great-grandson Lord Talbot de Malahide.
Malahide Castle, built in 1182 is one of the oldest castles in Ireland and it's been in the same family since then too. The Talbot's were a noble family of norman origin who built a keep for defense which have since been enlarged many times. The Castle was sold to Dublin City council in 1975 after the last earl of Talbot had died in 1973.
You can enjoy a very nuice walk in the park/forest before you come to the castle itself and once there you have the possibility to go on a sound system guided tour in the castle which lasts for about ? hour.
One of the most interesting aspects of the castle is that since the Talbot's were a catholic family they supported the King in the battle of the BOyne in 1690. We all know how that ended and 14 members of the family had breakfast in the castle on the morning of the battle. Neither of them returned home in the evening...
When you're at the castle, don't forget to walk AROUND the castle to its back yard. There you will find some small shops with glass- and silver things and more importantly the very famous peacock which resides there...
Next to the castle is also a model railwau museum which might interest the children and the child within us. It is unfortunately closed at the moment until April 2006 so I don't know anything about it.
MALAHIDE CASTLE IS ONE OF THE "MUSTS" OF A VISIT TO DUBLIN!