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Malahide Castle and Gardens
Malahide Castle and Gardens

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Daily 9:30am - 5:30pm
Malahide Demesne, Malahide, County Dublin

The Basics

Castle admission can be booked in advance. Once on site, visitors can explore the area with a tour guide or opt to independently tour the castle grounds and botanical gardens, where more than 5,000 species of plants grow. Malahide Castle can also be seen during guided full- or half-day tours of Dublin’s north coast. These typically include round-trip transport from Dublin city center and free time to explore Howth village, which overlooks Dublin Bay.

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Malahide Castle and Gardens Admission Ticket
Malahide Castle and Gardens Admission Ticket
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$16.40 per adult
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Not only are you able to tour the castle, but you are also able to explore the butterfly garden, rose garden, and fairy garden! The cafe and shop were pleasant surprises and something we would highly recommend.
Whitney_L, Oct 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Malahide Castle makes a great day-trip destination for history buffs and gardening enthusiasts.

  • Malahide Castle tours last 45 minutes.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring rainproof gear so you can explore the grounds, no matter the weather.

  • A visitor center, Avoca café, children’s playground, and shop are located on the estate.

  • Special events, such as concerts, take place on occasion.

  • The castle is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Malahide Castle is eight miles (13 kilometers) from Dublin city center. Car-free visitors can get there by organized tour, by Dublin Bus routes 32 or 42, or by taking the DART (Dublin’s electric rail system) to Malahide station, which is located in Malahide village. The station is less than a 5-minute drive (25-minute walk) from the castle entrance.

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When to Get There

To explore the walled gardens and grounds, and perhaps even enjoy a picnic at the castle, the best time of the year to do so is in summer. This is when the weather is warmest, though be warned—rain is still a common occurrence even in summer. Avoid the biggest crowds by coming on a weekday, or if it’s a weekend, first thing after opening (9:30am).

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The Ghosts of Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is popular among ghost hunters and rumors fly concerning the castle’s spectral residents. It’s said that up to five separate ghosts haunt the estate, with Puck—a 16th-century jester—being the most famous of them all. His last reported appearance was way back in 1976.

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