This is a great tour for your private group of 20 to 40 guests to see the charming country and castles near Dublin. The village of Malahide has history dating back to the arrival of the Vikings around 800AD, but it is thought there were people living in this area even before that time. Around 1180 AD, the Talbot family were granted extensive lands in the area and over the centuries that followed, they developed their estate, with Malahide Castle as the main residence and the small harbor village that was home to the people who worked the estate.
Today, Malahide Estate consists of approximately 260 acres, a mere shadow of its former size. The castle, with parts that date back to the 12th century, is still the center of attention. It remained in the Talbot family for more than 790 years, with the exception of 11 years in the mid 1600s when Oliver Cromwell granted it to loyal followers. It was finally sold in 1975 after the death of the 7th Baron of Talbot.
During your private groups guided tour of the halls and rooms it is possible to see one of the best collections of Irish period furniture, and a unique collection of Irish historical portraits in oils from the collection of the late Lord Talbot de Malahide.
Outside is the 20-acre garden, which was largely created by Lord Milo Talbot, the last Baron de Malahide in the 25 years before his death. There are in excess of five thousand species and varieties of plants and trees in the gardens. Follow the information panels in the garden and find out about the Victorian Greenhouse, the Old Rose Garden, the Peach House, the Alpine Yard, the Pond and much more. You'll visit the castle and view the 5 rooms open to the public, the exhibition area, gardens, Avoca Shop, and restaurant. The total time at Malahide is approximately 2 hours.
After your visit to the castle, you will drive to the 200 acre Ardgillan Estate to visit its castle and gardens. Although referred to as a Castle, the residence at Ardgillan is a large country-styled house with castellated embellishments. Originally named "Prospect," the central section was built in 1738 by Robert Taylor, with the west and east wings added in the late 1700's. The home remained in the Taylor family until 1962. During your tour of the house you will see the ground floor rooms and kitchens of the Castle. The gardens include a walled herb garden, rose garden, Victorian conservatory or glasshouse, and tea rooms. The total time at the estate is approximately 90 minutes. After your visit, you will be driven back to the ship.