Tour to Malahide Castle
Drive to Malahide via the North Dublin coast road taking in picturesque views of Howth. The Howth peninsula is situated at the north end of Dublin bay, 15kms from the city centre. The name Howth is derived from the Danish word 'hoven', which means “head” and it is a charming fishing village with an abundance of pubs and restaurants and plenty of places to stroll.
Malahide, which means "on the brow of the sea" is a village nine miles north of Dublin. The castle is close to the village and is built on a small rise, which commands a view of the bay. There are many magnificent oaks, chestnuts and sycamores dating to the days of the Tudors. Malahide is a 12th century castle, one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic, with an excellent collection of period furniture and oil portraits. The castle belonged to the Talbot family from 1185 to 1976 when it was sold to Dublin County Council. The castle itself is a combination of styles and periods. The medieval Great Hall is the only one in Ireland that is preserved in its original form while the National Portrait Gallery features many fine portraits of the Talbot family and 18th and 19th Irish notables.
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