The Demesne and grounds have pleasant walks, play areas, picnic sites, cricket pitch, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course and an 18-hole pitch and putt course. Fun for all the family!
The children’s playground, which is a short walk from the Castle, is split into sections for toddlers and older children. With slides, swings and climbing frames, the playground has something for all ages, including picnic tables where parents can keep an eye out!
The Demesne grounds has plenty of public sporting amenities including the Sports Pavilion (with a small shop for snacks, drinks and sporting equipment) a 9-hole par-3 golf course, with an 18-hole pitch-and-putt course, Tennis & Basketball courts and a Boules area.
When completed the Cricket Ground in Malahide Castle will have a capacity for 12,000 spectators and be capable of hosting international matches. The development of a new outfield and grass banking that will accommodate the vast majority of the crowd and will double the size of the ground to 17,000 square metres.
The extensive system of pedestrian paths throughout the estate are perfect for walking and exploring this picturesque and tree lined park. While you are enjoying your walk you will notice several buildings of architectural and archaeological interest on the grounds of the Demesne.
A lodge which adjoins what is known as Malahide Gate was designed by A. Souther Forest in 1886 and is a structure of particular charm and character. To the east of the “Dublin Drive”, almost hidden by woodland, is a Lime Kiln formerly used to produce lime by firing rocks drawn from the nearby quarries.
Between the Lime Kiln and the Castle, but now overgrown and hidden by Ivy, is the site of a former “Ice House”. About halfway up the Dublin Drive, again hidden by trees, is a very fine covered well known as “Yourell’s Well” in which there is a supply of crystal clear water!
The ruins of the old Abbey and burial ground contains the Talbot family vault – which has not been in use for 200 years – and the tomb of Maud Plunkett, who married into the Talbot family in the 15thcentury. Among other surviving features are an unusual three-arched bell turret, a mitred head carving above the southern facing door, and a holy water font.
The Abbey has two Sheela-na-gigs (used to ward off evil) in north-east and north-west corners of chancel, and a heavily worn holy water basin, or stoup, next to south doorway into nave. All are in red sandstone and may have been brought here from an earlier Anglo-Norman chapel. The Abbey reflects the Talbots’ growing power and influence in the area in the 15th century.