Malahide Castle and Gardens is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, set on 260 acres, this 12th century castle has been home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. The ornamental gardens adjoining the castle cover an area of about 22 acres.
It is definitely a day trip to do if you have not gone already. The Demesne has lovely walks, picnic sites, cricket pitch, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course and an 18-hole pitch and putt course. There is a great children’s playground, which is a short walk from the Castle. It is split into sections for toddlers and older children. With slides, swings, climbing frames, sandpits, the playground has something for all ages.
You can visit the recently re-opened castle and gardens too (family ticket from €26). Avoca have also opened up a shop and foodhall in the castle courtyard.
In June, Medieval Mayhem at Malahide Castle & Gardens is running on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June. It aims to bring history to life with an outdoor event for all the family. You will be able to see how families lived hundreds of years ago, experience a medieval battle through the daily battle re-enactments. You can witness how the women and children cooked and made crafts, watch the falconry and archery displays. Food & drink stalls will be provided by Malahide Village. Tickets prices: Adult €10, Child €6 and family tickets from €20. ( Includes entry to The Walled Garden & West Lawn).
Pop into Malahide village while you are out there and explore the village, marina and beaches. For ideas on what to do, where to go etc see http://www.enjoymalahide.com/