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Ireland was always on my bucket list. The beauty of the landscape and the historic castles, really appealed to me. When we planned this trip, I knew I wanted to take in as much as we could, in the short time that we had. Our first tour, was a half-day North Coast trip. Last week, I shared about Howth Harbour and some delicious seafood chowder, that we enjoyed. Today’s post is all about our tour of Malahide Castle.
About of Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle was built (or at least parts of it) in the 12th century, making it one of the oldest castles, in Ireland. It was home to the Talbot family for almost 8 centuries, from 1185 to 1975, when it was sold to the Irish State. The castle sits on 260 acres, along with botanical gardens, a fairy trail, and a butterfly house.
Malahide Castle is now a popular tourist destination. They offer guided tours, daily (12.50 euros/adults and 6.50 euros/child). They also have special events and concerts, held on the castle grounds. If you visit at Christmastime, they have special holiday events to take part in. Pretty much every part you visit, comes at an extra cost. So, keep that in mind, if you are planning a trip.
Touring Malahide Castle
The tour guide we had was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She walked us through the rooms and told stories about the Talbot family. It was amazing to hear and see the history of a family, dating that far back.
There are parts of the interior, that have been updated to modern times. In order to preserve some of the original stairs, they have put in newer stairwells, for daily use. We did end up using some of the original staircases, but were asked to use the new handrail and not the original. It’s nice that they are trying to maintain what they can, for as long as they can.
Rose Talbot (the last namesake of the Talbot family), sold some of the furniture in 1975, before selling the castle to the Irish State. They believe she sold the furniture and castle to pay off her inheritance tax. Thankfully, there are some pieces that remained and some that they were able to get back.
I’ve never enjoyed learning history, in a classroom setting. Reading textbooks and listening to lessons, was enough to put me to sleep. But, when the history is turned into a story and the lesson is taught, in the place that it actually happened…well that just changes things! This is how history, comes alive for me.
When I don’t learn about the lives of the people that lived in them, I always think of castles as something out of a fairytale story. Evil Queens, snobby step-sisters, and of course, the Princess. Thanks, for that, Disney! I’m glad I got to dive deeper into this particular castle. The Talbots have a long and interesting history and Malahide Castle, will continue to tell it, for years to come.
Until next time!