Malahide Castle

Malahide, Ireland

Malahide Castle (Irish: Caisleán Mhullach Íde), parts of which date to the 12th century, lies, with over 260 acres (1.1 km2) of remaining estate parkland (the Malahide Demesne Regional Park), close to the village of Malahide, nine miles (14 km) north of Dublin in Ireland.

The estate began in 1185, when Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1174, was granted the 'lands and harbour of Malahide'. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century and it was home to the Talbot family for 791 years, from 1185 until 1976, the only exception being the period from 1649–60, when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland; Corbet was hanged following the demise of Cromwell, and the castle was restored to the Talbots. The building was notably enlarged in the reign of Edward IV, and the towers added in 1765.

The estate survived such losses as the Battle of the Boyne, when fourteen members of the owner"s family sat down to breakfast in the Great Hall, and all were dead by evening, and the Penal Laws, even though the family remained Roman Catholic until 1774.

In the 1920s the private papers of James Boswell were discovered in the castle, and sold to American collector Ralph H. Isham by Boswell"s great-great-grandson Lord Talbot de Malahide.

Malahide Castle and Demesne was eventually inherited by the 7th Baron Talbot and on his death in 1973, passed to his sister, Rose. In 1975, Rose sold the castle to the Irish State, partly to fund inheritance taxes. Many of the contents, notably furnishings, of the castle had been sold in advance leading to considerable public controversy, but private and governmental parties were able to retrieve some. Rose Talbot, one of the last surviving members of the Talbot family died at Malahide House, Tasmania in 2009. Her closest relatives, who married into the German surname Dietsch, travelled to Canada and the United States of America. Members of the Dietsch family still live in the USA and Canada today.


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Founded: 1185
Category: Castles and fortifications in Ireland


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Timmy (20 months ago)
There is a lot to see here. There is a very large playground for kids of all ages. The parking is free. I didn't go into the house, but I did see the butterfly house which was very cool and gardens which are pleasant. There is also a fairy garden for kids and for them to run around in.
S. E. (20 months ago)
Well preserved castle with a rich history and many antiques. Susan is a great guide. Don‘t miss to stop by the botanical garden and relax in the cafe.
Liza Vandermeer (20 months ago)
I was quite disappounted with the garden at Malahide Castle. All the promotional information emphasized the fact that it was and still is a "botanical garden" with many interesting, rare specimen plants from remote parts of the world. In fact, the garden is apparently maintained by well-meaning volunteers, and very few of the specimen plants are labelled or identified. As a biologist and botanist, I feel that it would be more accurate if the people in charge amended the information provided so that it is less misleading. It's a nice enough public garden, and a lovely spot to pass a few hours. However, although it may have once been an interesting botanical garden, all it is now is a pretty old garden with a few intriguing but mostly unlabelled exotics - not unlike many old gardens in this part of the world. The greenhouses are run-down and in need of significant upkeep, and are largely being used for very different purposes than they once were, when the exotic plant collection was actively maintained.
Rowena Pilapil (21 months ago)
We really enjoyed our tour of Malahide Castle and Gardens. The castle was majestic but not very imposing. We actually were able to see most parts of the castle including the bedroom and the dining room. We were told that there is a room with a resident ghost but unfortunately, we didn't see it. We specially liked the blooming garden and the lawn is so unbelievably green. And yes, we would love to come back!
Dan Farris (21 months ago)
We really enjoyed the tour. It looks so much larger on the outside. Beautiful furnishings. Informative tour. Would loved to have toured the gardens but weather did not permit.
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