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Malahide Castle, Ireland

Malahide Castle, parts of which date to the 12th century, is set on 260 acres estate parkland in the seaside town of Malahide.

The estate began in 1185, when Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1174, was granted the "lands and harbour of Malahide". The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century and it was home to the Talbot family for 791 years, from 1185 until 1976, the only exception being an 11 year period starting in 1648 when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Corbet was hanged following the demise of Cromwell, and the castle was restored to the Talbots.

The building was considerably enlarged during the reign of Edward IV, and the towers added in 1765. The estate survived such losses as the Battle of the Boyne, when fourteen members of the owner's family sat down to breakfast in the Great Hall, and all were dead by evening, and the Penal Laws, even though the family remained Roman Catholic until 1774.

In the 1920s the private papers of James Boswell were discovered in the castle, and sold to American collector Ralph H. Isham by Boswell's great-great-grandson Lord Talbot of Malahide.

Malahide Castle and Demesne was eventually inherited by the seventh Baron Talbot and on his death in 1973, passed to his sister, Rose. In 1975, Rose sold the castle to the Irish State, partly to fund inheritance taxes. Many of the contents, notably furnishings, of the castle, had been sold in advance, leading to considerable public controversy, but private and governmental parties were able to retrieve some. Rose Talbot, the last surviving member of the Talbot family died in 2009.

Visitors can take the Malahide Castle Audio tour offering users a unique opportunity to explore this 800 year old Dublin Castle. The guide takes you through the castle and recounts many of the interesting tales associated with it.

Opening Times

April to September
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00am – 5:00pm

October to March
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Last tour is 30mins before closing

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Ticket Prices

General Admission<*>
Adults €7.50
Concession €6.30
Child (u12) €4.70
Family €18.00

Group Admission (minimum 20)
Adults €6.50
Concession €5.30
Child (u12)€3.70

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Disabled Facilities

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More Information

Telephone: 00 353 (0) 1 4862184
Email: mocallaghan@dublintourism.ie

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Malahide,
County Dublin,
Ireland

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