Things to do
Malahide, Ireland, is designated as a national heritage town. The town is very attractively laid out; its streets radiate from the central diamond and are lined with colourful shops, merging with terraces of graceful homes, neat gardens. At the waterfront we have a beautiful Marina and coastal walks. The town’s major tourist attraction is Malahide Castle and Gardens and of course the many restaurants and bars that constitute the vibrant social life of the town.
LOCAL PLACES TO VISIT
Malahide Castle & Gardens
This castle was built in the 12th Century by the Talbot family, who remained in residence until 1975 when it came into State ownership. It attracts thousands of visitors every year and in 2012 a major renovation was completed. Now visitors can enjoy not only the Castle, but a Visitor Centre and access to the previously closed Gardens which contain many rare species. These Gardens are a major addition to botanical heritage of the country. There are many period rooms on view and the Castle contains part of the National Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. The Demesne has pleasant walks, play and picnic areas, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course and a pitch and putt course.
Toots – Malahide’s Road Train
Toots, great for all the family! Toots operates every 30 minutes, starting out from the DART Station in Malahide, to the Village Shops and Restaurants, past the Grand Hotel to the Blue Flag Beach and onto the highly acclaimed Malahide Castle & Gardens. You can choose to stay on for the 40 minute loop of this award winning little village, or you can hop on hop off throughout the day and enjoy all that Malahide has to offer.
Avoca Shop and Cafe
Avoca is an Irish family-run business that is one of the world’s oldest surviving manufacturing companies. The Avoca store is home to an extensive range of clothing, artesian foods and the famous Avoca café. They export their famous throws & blankets as well as the clothing ranges to boutiques around the world and have their own food label with dozens of delicious products. There are Avoca perfumes, glassware, ceramics… enough to satisfy all your gift and gourmet needs.
Berths and Cruiser hire.
NEARBY PLACES TO VISIT
Newbridge House & Traditional Farm (NI Road, Donbate, 10km)
Built in 1736 for Archbishop Cobbe. Original furniture, paintings and objets d’art are a feature of this gracious Georgian house. The extensive 150 hectare demesne includes a walled garden, a wildlife and Deer Park, playing and walking areas and a 19th Century working farm, where animals, machinery and old farming techniques are on view. A museum of 19th Century rural life is contained in picturesque old buildings around the 18th century courtyard.
Ardgillan Castle & Demesne (N1 Road, near Balbriggan)
Built in 1737. Now beautiful restored and furnished in Victorian style, the principal rooms, kitchens and the Down Survey Exhibition (a series of survey maps from 1654) are open to the public. The park commands views of the coast and contains a rose garden, a walled herb garden and Victorian conservatory.
Skerries Mills (N1 Road, Skerries)
Skerries Mills complex comprises a watermill, 5-sail windmill, 4-sail windmill and associated mill races, mill pond and wetlands. The history of the mill can be traced to the early 16th century and a bakery was established on the site by 1840.
Newgrange (M1 Donore Exit, 25km)
Designated a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO, The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. The mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 metre long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. It is estimated that the construction of the Passage Tomb at Newgrange would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years.
If you want to take a bicycle ride around the town or explore further afield on one of the many recommended routes, you can hire a bicycle in Malahide. Ask for the Hotel discount!
Phone: +353 1 816 8345