Hotels near Malahide Castle & Gardens

For over 800 years Malahide castle & gardens have stood proud on over 260 acres of lush Irish parkland waiting for you to discover it. Originally owned by the Talbot family, they called the castle home for multiple generations.

King Henry II gifted the lands and harbour of Malahide to Richard Talbot in 1185 as a reward for his services to the crown. The castle was originally a wooden fortress and only took its stone structure shape over the subsequent years. The Talbots lived in the castle for eight centuries between 1185 and 1973, only leaving for 11 years from 1649 to 1660 when the castle was occupied by Cromwellian soldiers.

The final Baron, Lord Milo Talbot, lived in the castle until his death in 1973 when the estate was subsequently sold to the Irish State shortly after. Malahide Castle has since hosted a number of international leaders and summits, concerts and regularly welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

There are plenty of things to do at Malahide castle including the wonderful Fairy Trail, magical castle tours, and even a locomotive train that drives from Malahide Castle.

Fairy Trail

The fairy trail at Malahide Castle is perfect for kids of all ages to enjoy. The trail is about 1.8km long and should take your family about 1hr 15mins to complete. There are plenty of sculptures, fairy houses, and lots of hidden gems along the way including clues which the whole family can try to solve together, time flies when you’re having fun with the family!


Butterfly House

Malahide Castle is home to Ireland’s only Butterfly House. There are over 20 unique species of butterfly housed here flying between many varieties of exotic and tropical plants.


Castle Tour

This guided tour isn’t only a trip around the castle, it’s a trip through 800 years of Malahide’s history. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and include a passionate guide who is happy to answer all your questions!

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Accommodation in North Dublin

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport is the perfect place to explore Malahide Castle & Gardens.

Park your car at our secure car parking facility and unwind in the relaxing atmosphere of our award-winning AA Rosette restaurant, The Italian Kitchen.

Located just 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre, there are plenty of places to visit in addition to the castle such as the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo and Tayto Park. The Red Bean Roastery, located beside our contemporary lobby, is available to create your treasured coffee and make sure you are well energized for the day ahead, while the Playwright Bar is there for those late evening endeavours.

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport’s recent €25 million-euro refurbishment ensures all the spaciousness you would expect from North Dublin’s premier 4-star hotel is offered throughout the entire property. We have also introduced our ‘Keep safe’ programme to ensure your next stay with us is a safe and enjoyable one. More details about the programme can be found here.

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