The magnificent Malahide Castle is steeped in history, having been both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles.
The castle is set on 260 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, and the demense is one of few surviving examples of 18th century landscaped parks. The 22 acres of ornamental gardens include the beautiful Talbot Botanic Gardens, were largely created by Lord Milo Talbot between 1948 and 1973. The visitor centre houses an interpretation & exhibition area that relate the story of the walled gardens as seen through his eyes.
The demesne was the private home of the Talbot family from 1185 until the last Talbot died in 1973. The history of the Talbot family is recorded in the famous Great Hall, where family portraits tell their own story of Ireland’s stormy history through the generations. The house is furnished with beautiful period furniture and houses an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, many from the National Gallery of Ireland.
This romantic visitor attraction offers:
- medieval castle with beautiful period furniture and paintings
- botanical interpretive centre
- exhibition of Irish and local history
- Secret Walled gardens
- expansive West Lawns walk
- local craft and souvenir shops