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Malahide Castle, Dublin Bay and Howth Village Half-Day Tour from Dublin

County Dublin, Ireland
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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.
  • Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle tour from Dublin
  • Scenic coastal drive around Dublin Bay
  • Learn about local culture and history from your guide
  • Admire stunning views of Dublin Bay from the Howth Summit
Depart Dublin by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for your journey north to Malahide. As you travel, admire the countryside and hear about the region’s history from your driver-guide.

Stop first at Malahide Castle, a beautiful castle-mansion dating to the 12th century. Enjoy a tour of the interior, admiring the period furniture and historic paintings of the main rooms.

Take time to stroll around the beautiful ornamental gardens, including the walled botanical garden created by Lord Milo Talbot, and finish with a visit to the craft shop and cafe (own expense).

Then, drive through the pretty village of Malahide and along the picturesque coast to the fishing port of Howth. Saunter around the charming streets and harbor, dotted with fishing boats, and then head up to Howth summit to soak up the stunning views over Dublin Bay.

Your tour then concludes with drop-off back at the starting point in Dublin.
Stop At:  
Dublin Visitor Centre
Check-in at Dublin Visitor Centre, 16 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Malahide Castle
While enjoying the gardens and castle grounds, where you will find the private gardens of Lord Talbot, you too have the option to enjoy all there is to offer such as a Museum Shop, Avoca Retail & Cafe, The Malahide Outdoor Store and the Irish Centre for Cycling.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
After your visit to Malahide Castle, you will continue the tour with a scenic coastal drive through the picturesque town of Malahide and then on to the traditional Irish fishing village of Howth. Here you will get to take the time to wander around this pretty village before making your way to Howth Summit, overlooking Dublin Bay. which makes for the perfect photo opportunity.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free

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Eion is the best!
, Mar 2020
Eion made this tour AMAZING. We enjoyed the scenery, Howth, and the castle but I would say Eion is the reason this this tour was so great! He kept us laughing and gave plenty of suggestions. You can tell he enjoys his job :)
Above Average!
, Feb 2020
The rating is slightly depressed because of the weather playing a bit of a spoil sport. The Castle tour was good and informative. However, the Bay was beset with strong winds with intermittent rains.
, Feb 2020
Everything was great although we could have spent more time in Malahide as the one hour slot was not enough to walk around the garden at all
Fun experience!
, Feb 2020
This was a great trip! Our guide Trevor was very friendly and told us additional history along the way.
Loved the castle and gounds
, Feb 2020
Great tour and our guide was a lot of fun. Learned so much at the castle . Thanks so much for a fun afternoon
Good half day trip
, Feb 2020
Our driver/tour guide was so energetic, funny. Had a lot of information about the area. Gave us good food recommendation too.
Lots of fun, driver was hilarious!!!
, Feb 2020
Loved learning about Ireland, the history and its people. Truly a great time! The driver was inspiring and a goof...he was funny and entertaining!
Visit to Malahide Castle
, Dec 2019
Our guide at Malahide Castle was extremely informative and made the castle come alive with about all the turmoil the castle had gone through over time.
Informative, Entertaining, Inexpensive, and Efficient
, Dec 2019
The guided tour at Malahide Castle was excellent. The guide was knowledgeable, articulate, entertaining, and accepting of questions from the group. My only complaint would be that there was not a lot of guidance as to where to go with our free time (and included ticket!) to explore the gardens/lawns of Malahide Castle. Our group likely spent too much time wandering the lawn not understanding the significance of the trees/plants in that area when we would've rather been in the rose garden. The price was great, the timing was great, and the views were phenomenal. Our bus driver was constantly cracking jokes and providing insight into historical and current aspects of all of our stops (and all locations in between). I learned more on this trip than I did any of the other activities we did in Ireland, and it was only a half-day!
Very Enjoyable Tour
, Nov 2019
We chose this tour as a private excursion from our cruise ship stop in Dublin. 'Eon" our host was very informative and entertaining. Thank you.

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