Make your own way to Malahide Castle, easily accessible from central Dublin by car or bus in 30 minutes, between the hours of 9:30am and 5:30pm. On arrival, take a guided tour of the 12th-century fortress, which has been owned by the Talbot family for more than 800 years.
Delve into the opulent depths of the castle’s reception rooms and bedroom, many of which are filled with period furniture and portraits purchased form the National Gallery of Ireland. Hear tales of the Talbot family and of ghosts reputed to haunt the halls of the 800-year-old castle before heading outside to explore the castle’s sprawling grounds independently.
In the botanical gardens, more than 5,000 species of plant from around the world bloom. Enrich your horticultural knowledge at interactive information panels and opt to purchase locally sourced produce from the on-site care and restaurant.
Between two and four hours is a sufficient time to spend inside and around the castle.