Malahide Castle can be found 9 miles (14km) north of Dublin in the coastal village of Malahide. The castle itself is surrounded by 260 acres (1.1km2) of parkland known as the Malahide Demesne Regional Park.
Dating back to the 12th century the castle used to be a fortress as well as a private home to the Talbot family who lived here for nearly 800 years.
Inside the castle you can find many beautiful pieces of period furniture along with a wide collection of Irish paintings.
The Talbot family's turbulent history can be followed in the Great Hall. Here several portraits tell the story about each generation of the Talbot family, such as the tale about the Battle of Boyne in 1690 where 14 members of the family sat down together for their breakfast but were all dead by the end of the day.
Today the castle is used as a tourist attraction which can be visited for a fee but only as part of a guided tour running every fifteen minutes for approximately 35 minutes. The tour is available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese.
After the tour, a stop at Malahide Castle Restaurant has become very popular, not just with tourists but also with the locals. Here you can enjoy freshly baked scones with homemade jam and cream or a reasonably priced full meal.
As the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland, Malahide Castle is said to have no less than five ghosts whose presence can be felt in every single room!
Another great attraction within the castle grounds is the Fry Model Railway, a large collection of handmade models of miniature trains covering 2500 square feet.
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