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Malahide Castle & North Coast Half-Day Tour from Dublin

Product ID: 133218
Visit the historic 12th-century Malahide Castle on a half-day tour from Dublin, and take a look at Lord Talbot's private gardens, recently opened to the public. Then, enjoy a scenic coastal drive to Howth Head and stroll the picturesque village of Howth.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Malahide Castle and its grounds on a VIP guided tour
  • Get an amazing view of Dublin Bay from Howth Head
  • Stroll around the picturesque village of Howth
  • Enjoy expert local guides
Full description
Depart Dublin and journey north towards the village of Malahide to take a guided tour of Malahide Castle, built in 1185 by Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1174.

Wander the castle grounds that span some 250 acres of original estate parkland, and keep a look out for the ghosts that are said to haunt the castle. See the private gardens of Lord Talbot, recently opened to the public and described by garden lovers as a small botanic haven. Then, pop into some of the local craft shops or relax with a coffee and some pastries. 

Next, take a scenic coastal drive through picturesque Malahide and the fishing village of Howth on the peninsula of Howth Head. Wander around the pretty village before making your way to the summit for a spectacular photo opportunity overlooking Dublin Bay.
  • Malahide Castle: entrance and guide
  • Malahide Castle audio: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
  • Guided tour with local expert
  • Occasionally weather conditions and circumstances beyond the tour partner's control can lead to changes or alterations in the route.
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

From the Dublin Visitor Centre, 16 O'Connell Street Upper. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity
• Practical clothing and footwear is recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 375 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Eoin was a great driver/tour guide. I am not sure how he could navigate the Dublin roads AND be so witty and knowledgeable. The castle was very interesting and the grounds were beautiful, even in the Winter. Howth was charming and beautiful but only 45 minutes was not enough time....I would definitely recommend taking the DART to Howth to spend just a half day there.

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December 12, 2019

Malahide Castle was well worth the visit. It was beautiful and we were given ample time to explore the grounds. Howth was a disappointment. We had only 30 minutes in the town. There was absolutely no time to see the cliffs and we were barely able to grab a bite to eat in the allotted time.

August 15, 2019

Malahide Castle was very nice and we had a great tour guide. Our driver was very knowledgeable and able to point out many places and facts on the way.

March 2, 2020

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Gray Line Ireland

Product ID: 133218