Set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years, and is an interesting hodge-podge of architectural styles. The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died.
The house is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery. The history of the Talbot family ( who lived there) is recorded in the Great Hall, with portraits of generations of the family telling their own story of Ireland's stormy history. One of the more poignant legends concerns the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, when fourteen members of the family breakfasted together in this room, never to return, as all were dead by nightfall.
Many additions and alterations have been made to this romantic and beautiful structure, but the contours of the surrounding parklands have changed little in eight hundred years, retaining a sense of the past. The grounds are also open to the public, and appeal to all visitors, young and old.
Tours available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Japanese.
Address: Malahide, Co. Dublin
Public Transport: 42 Bus from Beresford Place (near Busarus). DART(Suburban rail) to Malahide.
April to October: Monday to Saturday 10am-1pm/2 - 5pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 11am - 6pm
November to March incl.: Monday to Saturday 10am-1pm/2pm- 5pm, Sunday and Public Holidays 11am to 5pm.
Note: Map is an approximate indication ONLY. Please contact Malahide Castle for directions and precise location prior to your visit.