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Experience the beauty and mysticism of the Irish countryside on this 3.5-hour 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.


  • 4-hour tour from Dublin of Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle
  • Scenic coastal drive around Dublin Bay
  • Guided tour of Malahide Castle.
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour times
  • Friendly and experienced local guide

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Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle Half-Day Tour

Malahide Castle and Howth Harbor, Ireland

Choose a morning or afternoon trip and meet your coach in central Dublin for the ride to Malahide Castle. Upon arrival, head to the castle for an included 45-minute tour of the four main reception rooms and bedrooms. Learn about the history of the Talbot family, who resided in the castle for 800 years, and admire lovely period furniture and an extensive collection of paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland. Following the tour, take some time to have a cup of tea (own expense) and explore the grounds and gardens of the 260-acre estate.
Your next stop is the picturesque coastal village of Howth. Enjoy sweeping views of Dublin Bay – spotted with colorful fishing boats – and watch the native seals that cluster around Howth Pier. Then head into town to experience small-town Irish life and view more impressive Viking-Era monuments.
Your coach returns to central Dublin by mid-afternoon or evening, depending on start time.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

EXCELLENT tour! We got to stop in Belfast too. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour was fun and fantastic. Our guide was very informative and friendly. We were a group of 5 and really enjoyed it!

robert m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Would have liked a bit more time to view grounds. Had to hurry to grab a bit oif food.

Bus driver/tour guide was very interesting, and accomodating. Trip to Howth was perfect.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Had a great afternoon spent driving through Dublin enroute to Malahide. Our driver-guide, whom I cannot remember her name!, was awesome! Very funny and enjoyable to listen to and interact with. Upon arrival at Malahide Castle, we were greeted by a guide who walked us through the castle, explaining the history and artifacts and pointing out little quirks here and there. We then had enough free time to explore the gardens on the grounds. Quite lovely. We then returned to the bus and were driven to Malahide in Dublin Bay.

My husband and I had read about a restaurant in Malahide and inquired about it to our driver-guide. She called them for us my phone refused to work that day and made a reservation for us. She then explained where to find the train station for our return to Dublin instead of getting an expensive taxi. The bus left us in Malahide as planned, lol! and we explored the town and pier until our dinner reservation time.

Overall, a fantastic short tour. We highly recommend it! I WISH I could remember our driver-guide's name as she was exceptional at her job and went above and beyond to accommodate us on our spontaneous special request. OH! And despite her refusal to accept, I did dump 10Euro into her tip basket!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellent the only problem getting to the start from our accommodation

Gisela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

the driver and guide, Anne, was very kind
the castle is a beauty location
and the stop in Howth was beauty, too
Great Tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gayleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was great! She even gave us the option to stay in Howth until the next tour came by later that afternoon! It was nice to see some of the Irish countryside.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a hoot laughed till I cried seen some stuff like in pink Floyd

Terry M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful time on our trip. Would highly recommend it to anyone. What made this trip so special was our driver Eoim, he made everything g come alive and explained to us every place we traveled by. Incredible trip!

Heather E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Brilliant driver called Eion who made the day just fabulous.

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