Malahide Gardens - Plan Your Visit

What can I expect
  • Self Guided experiences through the Walled Botanical Gardens and Fairy Trail.
  • Explore the gardens and Butterfly House set among the lush parkland
  • Discover 5,000 plant varieties, perfect picnic spots and much more.
  • Perfect for photographers, family days outs, and for nature lovers
  • One of Dublin's favourite outdoor family attractions!
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Malahide Gardens

Fairy Trail

Sign on the Fairy Trail at Malahide Gardens

Immerse yourself in an outdoor sensory experience like no other and enjoy a fun filled family day out exploring at one of Dublin's favourite family attractions! Set in the private 32 acre West Lawn overlooked by the historic Malahide Castle, visitors can experience the magic of a 1.8km trail. Follow the trail through the enchanting woodlands using the interactive booklet... solving clues and puzzles along the way. Find your way to the fairy shopping village, the fairy travel centre, the fairy library before making your wishes on the fairy wishing chair! There are lots of hidden treasures along the way including some large wooden sculptures and exotic trees!

The woodland fairy trail and its locations will capture the imaginations of little visitors keeping them enthralled for hours. Pack a picnic or visit Avoca foodhall for some delicious take out treats!

With fun sculptures, fairy houses and lots of other hidden secrets to find along this fun fairy trail, your little ones are guaranteed a day full of magic and fun at the interactive Fairy Trail which is perfect for kids of all ages, and is a great place to go on a family day out in Dublin, all set among beautiful wooded trails in lush parkland.

The trail is approximately 1.8km which will take about 1hr 15mins to get around...although time flies when you're having fun with fairies!

Butterfly House

Butterflies in Butterfly House at Malahide Gardens

Visitors can experience the Republic of Ireland's only Butterfly House on the grounds of Malahide Castle & Gardens. Step inside the historic and beautiful Cambridge Glasshouse in the Walled Garden and watch the colourful butterflies 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 Gardens Tickets

Kids enjoying the Fairy Trail at Malahide Gardens

Pre-booking is highly recommended for Malahide Gardens experiences. You can book tours directly from Malahide Castle and Gardens' website.

People sitting in front of Malahide Castle


Getting to Malahide Gardens

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.


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

Butterfly in Butterfly House at Malahide Gardens

Attractions closeby include the magnificent Casino Model Railway Museum.

Entry and self guided experience through West Lawn and Walled Botanical Gardens and Fairy Trail.

24 page interactive Fairy Trail booklet.

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