The magnificent medieval castle with a dramatic 800-year heritage
Setting down roots in the medieval era, generations of the Talbot family called Malahide Castle home. Hear their stories, see the rooms where they lived and explore the surrounding 260 acres of lush parkland.
A BRIEF HISTORY
A magnificent fortress with a long and dramatic history
King Henry II gifted Richard Talbot the lands and harbour of Malahide for his services to the crown in 1185. From that point on, the Talbot family became intertwined with Malahide’s history and development.
Discover the political and social upheavals that shaped the castle and the Talbot family over the course of centuries.
The castle’s treasures tell the story of Ireland’s nobility
From intricate oak panelling to vintage Victorian toys, discover the Castle’s furniture and artwork collection.
Enjoy stunning copies of Raphael’s Vatican frescoes and admire more recent works on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland. Meanwhile, come face to face with the castle’s former residents in the Talbot portraits lining the walls.
FURNITURE & PAINTINGS
Meet the ghosts that haunt the castle corridors
Rumoured to be the most haunted castle in Ireland, over hundreds of years, the castle’s residents, workers and visitors have all reported eerie happenings.
Learn all about the ghosts of Malahide Castle on a guided tour, including Puck, the unlucky-in-love court jester, and the infamous Lady in White…
Explore elegant reception rooms and intimate bedrooms with our expert guides
From battles to banquets, learn how the castle grew in strength and importance over centuries and continues to play a key role in Irish social and political life today.
Our expert guides offer fascinating insights into life in one of Ireland’s oldest castles.