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“gardens and castle worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
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Malahide Castle
Back Road, Malahide, Ireland
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Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle Half-Day Tour
Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Malahide
Type: Castles, Cultural
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“gardens and castle worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited in the rain, but still enjoyed walking around the lovely grounds and gardens. We also had a tour of the castle- also good so you can make the most of your visit.
There was a nice well stocked shopping area and cafeteria at the entrance.

Visited August 2014
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“Excellent Historical Castle in Malahide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you have the chance to visit Malahide, you must walk the grounds of Malahide Castle and take a tour of the castle. The castle itself originated in the late 1100's from the Talbots (which ruled the castle from 1185 - 1976). The castle is beautifully decorated, with many original pieces of furniture, paintings, etc -- walking through some rooms, you are taken back 250 years in the blink of an eye.

The tour itself takes about 45mins to an hour. My wife and I's guide - Aiden - was excellent, personable and very knowledgeable on the history past and present of the castle and grounds. The price was cheap for the tour, and we came early in the morning, and had the whole tour to ourselves.

Also, Malahide Castle is the most haunted castle in Ireland, having a minimum of five ghosts. The ghost of Miles Corbet -- who briefly ran the castle in the reign of Oliver Cromwell -- is one of the ghosts, who was executed for signing the death warrant of King Charles I. Corbet was quartered, hanged and drawn, and is now said to haunt the castle in a suit of armour, especially on the anniversary of his death.

The other famous ghost -- who Aiden had spoken of when we were on the tour -- was that of Puck of Malahide. He was a dwarf jester who stood watch over prisoners at Malahide castle. King Henry VIII had sent Lady Fitzgerald as a prisoner, and rumours spread that Puck and Fitzgerald were lovers, and then that they were planning a revolt. To quiet these rumours, the Talbots supposedly murdered Puck (they had claimed Puck committed suicide by stabbing himself, but this is probably not the case). Puck is seen as a friendly ghost, though, and has never hurt anyone, though he has been sighted numerous times over the years, and has appeared in some photos as well.

All in all, this is a place that cannot be missed. If you are into the history of Ireland, architecture and design, or even ghosts, everyone will enjoy this castle. We would definitely visit again when we return to Malahide.

Visited September 2013
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“Don't Miss It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Took a day trip to the Castle, and it was well worth it. The gardens and grounds were perfectly manicured, and the views were spectacular.
Our Castle guide was knowledgeable, very personable, and presented a rich history of the Talbot family up to modern times. The rooms were beautifully furnished and well maintained.
The tour was not rushed which allowed time to enjoy each room with its distinct décor.
Located not far from Dublin, this made for a lovely day in a country setting.

Visited July 2014
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“Most enjoyable historical visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The walk up the driveway through the parkland on a sunny summer’s morning was delightful. While waiting for the tour to begin it was fascinating to view the Talbot family tree showing an essentially unbroken ownership of the house and castle for almost 800 years.

The guide was excellent and she gave an entertaining and informative 45 minute tour. Ghostly presences were mentioned but none became apparent during the visit. The oak room is impressive with lovely wooden features and carvings. A common decorative feature is the broken pediment style, to be seen in gilded mirrors and elsewhere.

The décor has not been embellished and this is evident upstairs in the bedroom area, which look to be authentic in their somewhat functional decoration. The library is another room worth having a look in. As of its time it is somewhat dark, with wooden bookcases filled with volumes and a seated reading space.

The highlight is the Great Hall and it is a magnificent space. The walls are covered with numerous paintings and portraits showing family members and other notables. The fine ceiling has solid wooden beams. The musicians’ balcony is an attractive feature.

The grounds and gardens are delightful to stroll in. The walled garden with its greenhouses and other buildings is a particularly enchanting area.

Visited July 2014
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“Castle Lovers Must Visit Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

WOW! I love castles and especially this one. The tour packs in so much history and beauty. I took some pictures and ate at the café/bakery there. What a treat as well. The grounds are lovely as well. You must make it a priority to visit! It is only about 30 minutes outside of Dublin and an enjoyable ride out there as well.

Visited July 2014
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