This historic fortress is considered to be one of the oldest castles in the Republic of Ireland. Set in over 250 acres of lush parklands near the sea town, Malahide Castle is just 9 miles away north of Dublin. The castle was built in 1185 by a diplomatic family-The TALBOT’s who owned the tower house for 800 years until the last lord Talbot succumbs to death in 1973. Between the castle and the sea, a village arose where small traders, fishermen and agricultural workers were said to reside.
For those who wanted to explore Malahide Castle and Gardens, here are some tips to make your trip memorable.
Traverse the Tower House
Malahide castle and gardens had undergone a major renovation through the Fingal Country Council and Failte Ireland to preserve it for the next generations. It was re-opened in 2012 and is opened to the public all year round. In the 15th century, the hall was created and three decades after, furniture, reception rooms, corner towers and plaster decorations were included.Moreover, portraits were also used as decorations in the castle wall.
2. Enter the Secret Walled Garden
The Walled garden which was said to be created by the last lord (Milo Talbot), is one of the four Botanical Gardens in Ireland. Marvel over 5000 species of plants and seven glass houses of varying size. Share the Talbot’s passion of gardening by visiting the plantsman’s paradise.
Stroll Around the Parkland
Aside from the castle and garden, the place is also popular for fitness enthusiasts. The parkland has a sports ground for lawn games such as tennis and exercise trails for walking and strolling. It is also a good place to let the kids play around or for sun bathing. No wonder people flock around during weekends!
Included with the refurbishment in the year 2011 to 2012 is the improvement of the trails and signage which makes it easier for visitors to roam around.
Enjoy the Food and Shop for Souvenirs
After the long walk and exploration, reward yourself with food or buy eye-catching souvenirs. Relax while sipping your coffee or tea and browse the gift shop for homewares, blankets, and clothing.