Malahide Castle - Plan Your Visit

What can I expect
  • Magnificent medieval 12th century castle just 30 minutes from Dublin City
  • Hear the stories of generations of the Talbot family who lived at Malahide Castle for 800 years
  • Enjoy the Classic Castle Tour
  • Explore the gardens and Butterfly House set among the lush parkland
  • Entry to the private Botanical Gardens and Fairy Trail
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Malahide Castle & Gardens

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Malahide Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest castles, and one of its most spectacular. Less than 30 minutes from Dublin City, the castle boasts a rich history dating back to 1174. You can pre-book your admission to the castle and its delightful botanical gardens - the self-guided tours of Malahide Castle will bring you through over 800 years of the castle's history, and you will visit the plush reception rooms and bedrooms which are filled with dazzling antique furniture and oil paintings. The castle is set on 260 acres of scenic parkland, and you can explore the castle grounds at your leisure.


Classic Castle Tour at Malahide Castle

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Enjoy a look back through 800 years of history of Malahide Castle. Home to the Talbot family and the significant historical events that shaped their lives and impacted Ireland’s history. Explore the private rooms, antique furniture and art collections. Your castle tour ticket includes entry into the Botanical Gardens & Butterfly House.

Botanical Gardens & Butterfly House

This option is perfect for families which includes entry into the Fairy Trail & Butterfly House. On your visit, you will discover the magic behind the walls of Malahide Castle. Children’s imaginations will be set a light as they explore the castle and adjoining enchanted woodlands. Tickets for these magical castle tours include entry into the Fairy Trail where 1.8km of an interactive experience will keep your children enthralled and entertained for hours!

Gardens & Butterfly House


Malahide Castle is set on 260 acres of parkland, and among that, lies the impressive gardens and Butterfly House. This area is a gorgeous retreat just minutes away from Dublin City. Within the gardens, visitors will discover 5,000 plant varieties, perfect picnic spots, and picturesque walking trails.

Visitors can also experience the only Butterfly House in the Republic of Ireland. Step inside the beautiful Cambridge Glasshouse in the Walled Garden and watch the colourful creatures fly among tropical plants and spot their individual traits and markings. Pick up a leaflet at the Admissions Desk to help you identify the various species.

Malahide Castle Tickets

Pre-booking is highly recommended for Malahide Castle's tours. You can book tours directly from this website.

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Getting to Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is located just outside the village of Malahide in County Dublin.


You can take Dublin Bus Routes 32 and 42 to Malahide Castle - the bus stop here is less than 200 metres from the Castle. For more information on Dublin Bus routes, visit There is also a direct bus from Dublin Airport to Malahide village on route number 102, this is operated by Go-Ahead.

DART & Irish Rail

The castle is approximately a ten minute walk from Malahide Station.


The Classic Castle Tour is approximately 45 minutes.

The Classic Castle Tour has audio guides which are available in Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Mandarin.

The Magical History Castle Tours are self-guided.

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