Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle information

Location
Malahide , Ireland
Address
Malahide
Telephone
+353 1 846 2184
More information
www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie
Prices
adult/child €12/6
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm, last tour of castle 4.30pm
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Despite the vicissitudes of Irish history, the Talbot family managed to keep the castle under its control from 1185 to 1976, apart from a brief Cromwellian interlude (1649–60). It's now owned by Dublin County Council. The castle is the usual hotchpotch of additions and renovations; the oldest part is a three-storey 12th-century tower house. The facade is flanked by circular towers that were tacked on in 1765.

The castle is packed with furniture and paintings; highlights are a 16th-century oak room with decorative carvings, and the medieval Great Hall, which has family portraits, a minstrel's gallery and a painting of the Battle of the Boyne. Puck, the Talbot family ghost, is said to have last appeared in 1975.

The parkland around the castle is a good place for a picnic and, on a fine day, the best part of a visit.