Visit the magnificent medieval castle with a dramatic 800 year heritage

Generations of the Talbot family have called Malahide Castle home. Hear their stories, explore the private rooms and collections, and discover the central part this castle played in Irish political and social life on a guided tour.

Set on 260 acres of parkland, the gardens and Butterfly House at Malahide Castle are a tranquil retreat just minutes away from Dublin city centre and airport. Discover 5,000 plant varieties from around the world, wood carvings and fairy trails with perfect picnic-ing spots and much more during your visit.

Family friendly in every sense of the word, the Fairy Trail is an enchanting experience in the wooded West Lawn. With fun sculptures, fairy houses and lots of other hidden gems to find, little visitors are invited to use the interactive booklet to solve clues and answer questions on their way around the trail.

  • The Great Hall hosts 30 paintings on loan from The National Gallery of Ireland.
  • Tours are not just a tour of the castle but a trip through 800 years of history.
  • Avoca Store, Cafe and Food Market on-site.
  • A treasure trove of exotic flora, the Walled Garden started life as a kitchen garden to cultivate fruit and vegetables over 200 years ago.
  • Prepare for your heart to flutter as you experience the only Butterfly House in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Covering 20 acres, the West Lawn was originally the site of a deep moat that protected Malahide Castle in medieval times.
  • Full of magic and fun, the interactive Fairy Trail is perfect for kids of all ages.

Malahide Castle, Fairy Trail, West Lawn and Butterfly House and Walled Garden are open year round.

See website for opening times and tour times.


Admission Rates:

Rates apply, book online

Useful Information
  • Discover over 800 years of history on a guided tour of Malahide Castle
  • Meander down the winding pathways of the enchanted Fairy Trail
  • Get up close and personal with rare species in the Butterfly House
  • Discover the rare collection of plants and flowers in the Walled Garden
  • Enjoy a browse in Avoca Gift Shop
  • Take a break in Avoca cafe and food market
  • Picnic in the park and let the kids loose in the state-of-the-art playground
Getting There

Malahide Castle and Gardens is located a 10 minute drive from Dublin Airport and a 25 minute drive from Dublin city centre. Ample free parking is available on-site.

Public Transport:

Bus: Dublin Bus routes 32 and 42 connect Dublin city centre with Malahide village. See

Dart: Dublin’s rail network, serves Malahide from a number of city centre stations. The castle is approx. a ten minute walk from Malahide village.

Map Location: 53.444926, -6.162271
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Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Eircode: K36 YP65
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