With traditional shop fronts, colourful hanging flower baskets and a gorgeous view of Dublin Bay, picturesque Malahide is a homely village that retains its historic character. Visit the medieval castle, stroll to the marina and down to the beach, before discovering the town’s charming cafés and chic boutiques. Explore more things to do in Malahide in our illustrated map…
Things to do
The jewel in Malahide’s crown is its spectacular Malahide Castle; one of Ireland’s oldest castles. Tours regularly run inside, revealing what life was like for the Talbot family who lived there for almost 800 years. There are four main rooms open to the public, including the lavish Great Hall. An interactive exhibition on the ground floor retells not only the Talbots’ story, but the many ghostly figures that haunt the castle to this day!
Food and drink
Duffy’s elegant outdoor terrace is the perfect place to unwind over dinner after a day spent sightseeing. Or if you fancy a little musical entertainment, find yourself a cosy spot in one of Gibney’s many nooks and crannies and settle in for a traditional Irish or acoustic music session. Opposite Malahide Castle, you’ll find The Garden House. Husband and wife team Bryan and Mary have merged their passions of gardening, growing and good food – with mouth-watering results.
Home to a host of chic boutiques, a spot of retail therapy in Malahide is a must. For elegant ladies’ fashion, check out the carefully-curated selection at Bianco on New Street. You’ll also find Ireland’s only dedicated Marc Cain store in the village; perfect if you’re shopping for that special occasion. Also well worth a stop-off are Lulu Belle and Neola. Literature fans will happily while away the day in the welcoming and spacious environs of independent book shop Manor Books, while anyone with a sweet tooth won’t be able to pass up on the Really Old Sweet Shop!
Hop on the DART from the city-centre to Malahide DART Station, or take the 42 bus from Talbot Street. And once you are in the quaint village of Malahide hop on the Malahide Road Train to link between the Castle & Gardens, the marina and the village.