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 guided tour of some 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. The time at Malahide is approximately two hours.
The return drive, along the coast road, will afford excellent panoramic views of Dublin Bay before driving back to the ship.