Visiting Malahide Castle & Gardens

Malahide Castle is one of the highlights to any visit to Dublin. Located by the seaside village of Malahide, the castle is steeped in history, playing a central role in Medieval Irish history. The Castle has just under gone a multi million euro redevelopment and renovation making it the Jewel in the Crown of Irish Tourism. There are a number of tours available including the castle tour itself and a tour of the Secret Walled gardens. The park is open to the public, including the sylvan walks, children's playground, tennis, pitch and putt, golf, and football. The re-vitalised visitor experience including the renovated castle, the secret garden and new retail and dining centres opened in Autumn 2012. The refurbished castle features a botanical interpretive centre, a museum, an engaging castle tour, exhibition of Irish and local history, Secret Walled gardens and an expansive West Lawns walk as well as local craft and souvenir shops,  which offers a truly memorable and unique experience.

The Castle, along with its subsidiary attractions, is operated by Fingal County Council, who also oversee the Castle Demesne. The main castle, museum, interpretive centre and walled gardens can be visited for a fee. The castle has an eating facility, and adjacent is a craft shop. The castle's best-known rooms are the Oak Room, and the Great Hall, which displays Talbot family history.

TOURS, Opening Times & Admission Prices

Open all year Round

  • Monday - Sunday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

*Last castle tour 3.30pm (Nov - Mar)


Admission to the castle includes the following tours:

  • Botantic Garden Interpretive Centre (located via the Castle Courtyard to the rear of the castle)
  • Secret Walled Garden (located via the Castle Courtyard to the rear of the castle)
  • West Lawn Gardens (located directly to the rear of the castle itself)
  • Castle History Museum (located in the valuted ground floor of the Castle building itself)
  • Castle Tour (located in the Castle itself)

Admission Prices

Malahide Castle is open all year round, see the dates & times above. Castle tour tickets can be purchased from the Admission Desk in the Visitor Centre. Located in the courtyard


General Admission

Group Admission (minimum 20)




Student / OAP



Child (u12)




€26 (from


Castle & Demesne Upgrade

The Castle has just completed a massive €12m refurbishment and improvement project, delivering a vastly enhanced tourist experience at Malahide Demesne. The project, which was implemented by a cross-departmental, multi-disciplinary team within the Council, provides a ground-breaking visitor experience for North County Dublin.

Opening up the prized walled and botanic gardens of the castle to the public is at the centre of the project as is the revamp of the courtyard to include commercial attractions and a museum on the history of the castle and the Talbot family that occupied it for so many years

Seen as one of the most important and exciting tourism projects to be undertaken in the State in recent times, it includes:

  • An updating of the Castle to allow greater physical mobility and to provide state of the art visitor facilities.
  • An enhanced Interpretation Area within the Castle, which will bring alive the stories of the people who lived in the Castle.
  • The opening up of the so-called “Secret Garden” – the Talbot Botanical Gardens, with enhancement of the already world-class gardens and substantially improved access and opening hours.
  • A revamping of the Courtyard area to provide a garden museum and interpretation area.
  • A new high quality retail and restaurant offering in the courtyard environs.
  • Improved links between the Demesne and Malahide village.


Malahide Castle Entrance

Malahide Castle Entrance