Malahide Castle is a charmingly romantic, ivy draped castle that is only a few miles north of Dublin.
The castle originated in the 12th century and the towers were added in the early 1700’s. It was owned by the Talbot family for 800 years and was originally received by the fist Talbet when he came to Ireland with King Henry II of England.
During the time of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 (more catholic vs. protestant war) fourteen members of the owner’s family sat down to breakfast in the Great Hall and all were dead by evening. The tour of the castle includes this Great Hall and it’s a truly intense feeling to stand in a room with such tragedy.
Malahide Castle is reported to be extremely haunted having up to five different known ghosts. I didn’t “feel” any weird vibes when I was there or anything, but I have read reviews from tourists that claim to have felt and even seen suspicious things while touring the castle. Whether it be fact or myth, these legends make this castle that much more enticing!
More than anything, I just loved the beauty of the castle. The lush ivy that drapes all over the castle is magical. You can walk out of the back of the castle through a gorgeous gate and view an old graveyard and ruined church (I am a sucker for old graveyards.) There is also a botanical garden behind the castle that you can walk through. The Castle sits on almost 300 acres of estate parkland.
This castle is a far stretch from being the most amazing castle in the world, but it is definitely worth visiting especially if you are staying in Dublin due to it being so close. You can do the castle in an hour or so and be on your way to other things. I personally loved this castle and thought it was a great experience.