Malahide Castle was first built in the 12th century and was added to over the centuries, with the towers being added in the 1760’s. The Talbot family occupied the castle for almost 800 years, leaving it in 1975, when it was sold to the Irish State. It is very accessible from Dublin city centre (25 minutes by DART train). It is set in magnificent grounds and it is about a 20 minute walk from Malahide village and train station if you are getting the DART from Dublin city centre.
The tour, about 50 minutes, was interesting, providing a good history of the castle and the Talbot family, and their role in Irish history over the centuries. Following recent renovations, there are now three additional rooms (bedrooms) open to the public – seven rooms in all. While the exterior has a ‘castle look’ about it, the interior is more ‘stately home ‘ in style – so don’t be expecting a traditional castle experience.
I visited the castle as part of the North Coast & Malahide Castle bus tour, and consider the whole tour value, but if I was just visiting the castle on it’s own, I feel the €12 entrance fee is too expensive for what you get. However, if you just want to walk the grounds and view the castle from the outside, there is no charge.
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