School Tours 2019

Fun-filled educational days out for primary schools.

"The children had a great day." - Carmel, Dublin Principal

"One of our SNAs said it was the best tour she had been on in her 21 years going on school tours." - Lorna, Dublin Teacher

Explore the 800-year-old castle with a guided tour designed especially for primary school students. See the rooms where the Lords and Ladies of Malahide lived for hundreds of years, hear tales of battles and banquets and learn more about the infamous Malahide Castle ghosts!

Then continue the fun outdoors. Younger students can get caught up in the magic of our fun woodland Fairy Trail, which is just outside the castle on the West Lawn.
Nature loving students will adore the Butterfly House. It’s the only one in the Republic of Ireland and it’s right here in our Walled Garden. Watch the colourful creatures flutter their wings and see how many of the 20 different species your students can pick out.

Engaging for a wide variety of age groups, our school tours include:

  • Free entry for one teacher per class
  • ​Ample free coach parking on-site
  • Lunch and snack breaks on open parkland
  • Free-play time at the on-site playground
  • One-hour lunch break
  • Straightforward bookings with our dedicated reservations team

Add Newbridge House and Farm

Tucked away on 365 acres of green parkland in Donabate, ​Newbridge House and Farm offers an ideal mix of history and nature. Tour guides are waiting to share the secrets and stories of the 300-year-old Georgian mansion with your class, before a visit to the chicks, goats, pigs, horses, and more on the traditional farm.

Just 15 minutes away from Malahide Castle and Gardens, Newbridge is an ideal extra destination on your school tour this summer.

Packages 2019

Malahide Castle Pass (4 hours)
Guided Castle Tour, Fairy Trail and Butterfly House
Cost per pupil: €7.50
Malahide Outdoor Adventures (3.5 hours)
Fairy Trail and Butterfly House
Cost per pupil: €6

Nature Explorers (4 hours, excluding transfer time)
Butterfly House and Newbridge Farm Experience
Cost per pupil: €8.50

ADD ON Outdoor Tour Guide
Book a Malahide Castle team member to guide you through the Fairy Trail and Butterfly House
Cost per class: €60 (maximum 35 students).

ADD ON Avoca Treat Kits
Ready-made Avoca snack packs ready to collect on the morning of your tour, including a smoothie, crisps and Avoca chocolate chip cookie
Cost per pupil: €6.00

All tour times include a hour-long break for lunch and snacks.

Book Your School Tour

For all the information on our school tours for summer 2019, download this PDF or get in touch with the dedicated Shannon Heritage Reservations Team on 061 711 222.
Please note: final numbers for all tours and treat kits must be confirmed three days in advance of the tour date. Cancellations or changes made after this point will be non-refundable. Although we will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals, this may not always be possible and we ask schools to arrive on time for their allocated slots.


Enjoy a gift of magic and adventure with our Annual Membership Pass

Offering cardholders unlimited access to Malahide Castle and Gardens (including the Butterfly House and Fairy Trail) and Newbridge House and Farm, our new Annual Membership Pass makes light work of great days out for all the family!

Members can also enjoy a 10% discount on entry to other Shannon Heritage properties, 10% off in the Malahide and Newbridge gift shops, and much more...

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