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Malahide Castle and Gardens Tours

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Malahide Castle and Gardens
Malahide Castle and Gardens is one of Ireland’s most easily accessible, important, and oldest castles. The crenelated site was in the hands of the Talbot family for almost 800 years before being sold to the state in 1975. Behind its sturdy stone exterior, the oldest parts of which date as far back as the 12th century, is an antique-rich interior, while the 260-acre (105-hectare) estate features walled gardens and glasshouses.

The Basics
Castle admission can be booked in advance. Once on site, visitors can explore the area with a tour guide or opt to independently tour  the castle grounds and botanical gardens, where more than 5,000 species of plants grow. Malahide Castle can also be seen during guided full- or half-day tours of Dublin’s north coast. These typically include round-trip transport from Dublin city center and free time to explore Howth village, which overlooks Dublin Bay. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Malahide Castle makes a great day-trip destination for history buffs and gardening enthusiasts.
  • Malahide Castle tours last 45 minutes.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring rainproof gear so you can explore the grounds, no matter the weather. 
  • A visitor center, Avoca café, children’s playground, and shop are located on the estate.
  • Special events, such as concerts, take place on occasion.
  • The castle is wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
Malahide Castle is eight miles (13 kilometers) from Dublin city center. Car-free visitors can get there by organized tour, by Dublin Bus routes 32 or 42, or by taking the DART (Dublin’s electric rail system) to Malahide station, which is located in Malahide village. The station is less than a 5-minute drive (25-minute walk) from the castle entrance.

When to Get There
To explore the walled gardens and grounds, and perhaps even enjoy a picnic at the castle, the best time of the year to do so is in summer. This is when the weather is warmest, though be warned—rain is still a common occurrence even in summer. Avoid the biggest crowds by coming on a weekday, or if it’s a weekend, first thing after opening (9:30am). 

The Ghosts of Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle is popular among ghost hunters and rumors fly concerning the castle’s spectral residents. It’s said that up to five separate ghosts haunt the estate, with Puck—a 16th-century jester—being the most famous of them all. His last reported appearance was way back in 1976.
Address: Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland
Hours: Daily 9:30am - 5:30pm
Admission: Adults: €12.50
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Dublin

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Allott more time to spend on the...
Patricia C
, Aug 2017
Allott more time to spend on the grounds if it is a sunny day!

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Skip the Line: Malahide Castle and Gardens Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Malahide Castle and Gardens Admission Ticket

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Malahide Castle boasts the title of one of Ireland’s oldest castles and spans a rich history that dates back to 1174. With so may secrets and scandals to discover, the castle is indisputably best explored with a guide. Pre-book your admission to the castle and its botanical gardens and take a guided tour of Malahide Castle’s opulent reception rooms and bedrooms, brimming with antique furniture and oil paintings. Explore the castle grounds at your own pace ad arrive at and depart from the castle at whatever time you choose.
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Malahide Castle, Dublin Bay and Howth Village Half-Day Tour from Dublin

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Experience the beauty and mysticism of the Irish countryside on this castle tour from Dublin. Visit the beautiful 12th-century Malahide castle and surrounding gardens. With an expert guide, tour the beautifully adorned rooms and authentic Medieval-age decor, then head to quaint village of Howth for a taste of Irish culture that dates back to the Viking Era.
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Design your own ideal (and cost-efficient) tour of Dublin’s top things to do and see with the Dublin Pass and see attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery Bow St., and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. With your single- or multi-day ticket, visit brew houses, museums, castles, cathedrals and more. Explore the city at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to popular sites and discounts at city restaurants and shops. With free entry to more than 25 attractions around town, the Dublin Pass offers something for the whole family. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Ireland’s East Coast: Private Malahide Castle & Gardens Day Trip with a LocalDay Trips

Ireland’s East Coast: Private Malahide Castle & Gardens Day Trip with a Local

Escape the buzzing city center and explore Ireland’s picturesque east coast. The seaside town of Malahide is brimming with Irish charm and is home to one of the country’s impressive medieval castles. Enjoy a private tour of the castle’s historic interior, then wander through the extensive gardens at your leisure. Step aboard a train and in just half an hour you will find yourself in a whole new world. The village of Malahide is the perfect blend of old meets new and its stunning surroundings will have nature-lovers jumping for joy. Start your experience with a peaceful walk through the woods in the direction of the historic Malahide Castle. Feeling hungry? Follow your local host to one of the village’s lunch spots and enjoy a tasty meal. Then take a walk along the area’s beautiful coastline and explore its beaches before taking a short bus ride back to Dublin’s city center.
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Dublin is a coastal city, though few travelers get to explore beyond the city center. On this private tour, spend a day with a local in the seaside suburbs of Malahide and Howth. Get tips on where to find the best fish and chips in town, visit Malahide Castle, and climb Howth Summit—this private tour can be entirely customized to suit you.
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Discover Dublin’s historic landmarks and famous attractions on a private tour tailor-made for you. With a personal guide and private vehicle, enjoy a customized full-day tour and visit sights such as the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, or Malahide Castle; jump out to see Trinity College and St Patrick Cathedral; or escape the crowds in Phoenix Park or Howth village.
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North Coast and Malahide Castle Day Tour from Dublin

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Immerse yourself in the ancient majesty of Dublin’s North Coast on a half-day tour to Malahide Castle and Howth from Dublin. Alongside an expert guide, explore the atmospheric chambers of the 12th-century Malahide Castle and gain insight into the fortress’ 800-year-old history. After touring the castle, delight in the provincial charm of Howth, a quaint fishing village that boasts spectacular coastal scenery. Enjoy a free loop of a hop-on hop-off bus tour on the same day as a part of your day trip.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Malahide Castle and Gardens hours of operation?
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Malahide Castle and Gardens hours of operation: Daily 9:30am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Malahide Castle and Gardens tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Malahide Castle and Gardens can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Malahide Castle and Gardens tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Malahide Castle and Gardens 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Malahide Castle and Gardens costs USD 15.06. Guided Malahide Castle and Gardens tours start around USD 15.06 per person. See all 6 Malahide Castle and Gardens tickets and tours on Viator.
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