We visited this castle late afternoon arriving a little after 5pm to see it had just closed for the day.
Set in extensive parklands this land was taken by the Normans and in the year 1174 they installed Sir Richard Talbot as Lord of Malahide Estate. The dynasty lasted 8 centuries up to the death of Lord Milo Talbot in 1973.
Malahide Castle and demesne is now under the care of Dublin County Council.
Malahide has won the Tidy Town Competion and as you walk through the streets you can see why they were winners. Everything is neat and colourful. Clean roads, pots in flower hanging from buildings , green parks everywhere and clean footpaths.
A joy to walk the streets and enjoy the history of the town. New street is where we had dinner and then walked down to the marina.
About a 3 minute drive from the village on the road to Portmarnock you will arrive at a nice beach, however this beachland has a place in history.
It was from here on June 24th, 1930 that the Southern Cross, piloted by the great Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith with Irishman Captain Paddy Saul as navigator, flew to Newfoundland, Canada, on what was the second ever airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west.
Besides the history this is a very nice beach, but a little cold for us to go swimming as we are used to much warmed waters.
Towering over the village is the beautiful church spire, a focal point of the village and a good signpost for any tourists who may have lost their way.
The Web Page link below will take you to the Malahide Historical Society page where there is some very interesting information.
This is a very beautiful village with great community pride, wonderful attractions, brilliant scenery including seascape , parklands and gardens. When we visited in late August the weather was warm and calm.
Only 10 minutes from Dublin Airport it is an ideal place for an overnight stay for that early morning flight and avoid the Dublin traffic.
Gibney's, with its seven separate bar and lounge areas, is a rambling ramshackle of a pub. Each of the seven areas has its own characteristic: the Bar is just that - a bar area for a quiet beer or just to shoot the bull; the Front Lounge is at the front, strangely enough, and is ideal for sitting around the real fire; the Back Kitchen is a tucked away little room for those who want to enjoy the pub but with a little peace and quiet; the Well Room is so-called because its main feature is a well (again strangely enough) and is where most of the pub's entertainment takes place; the Wine Room is set up like a wine bar but you can have your beer there if you want; the Sports Bar has the usual big tellies and is also used as a live music venue and last, but not least, there is a sheltered beer garden caled the Yard for those open air enthusiasts (ie - smokers!).
I've only been here for a couple of afternoon beers and service has been friendly enough, although I found the pub to be a little too big for my personal tastes. Worth a visit tho!
Duffy's on Main Street certainly stands out from the row of shops in which it is located with its bright red bar frontage (I was going to say pillar box red but then I remembered that the Irish post boxes are in fact green) and its cobalt-blue lounge exterior.
This is a slightly glammed-up Victorian type pub with separate bar and lounge areas. Friendly locals and staff and a relaxed slightly gentrified ambience - well at least it was on a quiet Monday, early evening. Not a bad boozer!
Like Duffy's, Smyth's comprises two separate bars - the public bar and the lounge, although these have a common entrance. I don't know anything about the lounge except that it is on the right! Joe and Ellen had already spent the previous evening reconoitering and so we headed straight for the public bar.
This was the "jewel in the crown" as far as my personal taste in bars goes - cracking bar! Ellen and Joe, having been in the night before, were received like long-lost returning siblings by a couple of the regulars and even I, who had never previously set foot in the town (far less the pub) was greeted by name and warm handshakes - Ellen and Joe having told them I was due to visit.
Yep this was definitely the place for The Craic as we shot the bull with the mad Irishmen, Billy and Finn, talking travel and pubs, travel and beer ( and knocking back a few of them as well - thirsty work shooting the bull!!).
The public bar was exactly what a public bar should be - nothing fancy just good company and great craic!
The Malahide-Portmarnock Road follows the Velvet Coast which has plenty of places to park the car and enjoy the sand and water. We stayed on the grass and enjoyed the view.
We came to the large Globe which stands out on the flat grass. Many people have their photo taken beside it , but we just chose to photo as a memory of our visit.
After taking photos of Malahide Castle we walked to the rear and found the ruins of a church. There was also an old graveyard with tombstones. We took a few photos but had no interest in checking out the gravestones which a fellow tourist said dated back centuries.
Our walk to Malahide Castle took approximately 20 minutes from the village centre. We passed through an assortment of playing fields, including Rugby and Cricket and most likely the adjacent fields used for football.
The pathway was lined with large trees, then onto open parkland, childrens' playgrounds, botanical gardens, the toy railway museum and several other attractions. We were there on a sunny August afternoon, ideal for walking.
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.
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
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.