Malahide Castle, built in 1185 by Richard Talbot, knight to King Henry II, is one of the oldest and finest examples of a Norman stronghold in Ireland. King Henry II granted the lands and harbour of Malahide to Talbot as a reward for his "war-like" services during the conquering of Ireland.
At the Battle of the Boyne, the Talbots sided with the Jacobites and as a result, lost 14 members of the family. All 14 members had met here in Malahide Castle on the morning of the great battle. Even after siding with the Jacobites, the Talbots continued to hold Malahide Castle.
The magnificent turreted towers were added in 1765 and boosted the defensive capabilities of the castle.
Malahide Castle remained in the Talbot family for almost 800 years until in 1975, the last remaining member of the Talbot family, Rose Talbot, sold the castle to the Irish State.
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The Malahide Castle Gardens, largely designed and created by Lord Milo Talbot, span 22 acres and include a stunning collection of over 5,000 species of plant from around the world.
There is also an Interactive Garden Exhibition showcasing the history of the Malahide Castle Gardens and its creator, Lord Milo and Rose.
The Malahide Castle Demesne is more than just acres of grassland. There are children's playgrounds, walkways, woodlands, picnic areas and even a 9-hold golf course and 18-hole pitch and putt course.
The Malahide Castle Demesne truly has something for everyone.