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This township is chiefly known for its glorious Malahide Castle, a picture-book castle. Full review →The stunning walled gardens are now open to the public.
Most castles still open to the public in Ireland are ruins, but this one stands so solidly, you get the picture -- it's what a castle should be. Full review →It's the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny day.
Despite the vicissitudes of Irish history, the Talbot family managed to keep the castle under its control from 1185 to 1976, apart from a brief Cromwellian interlude (1649–60). Full review →
Rebuilt on several occasions over the centuries, Malahide Castle is home to some elegant furniture dating from the 17C and 18C, as well as a gallery of portraits and canvases. Full review →
Historic home of the de Talbots, the castle itself is an interesting hotchpotch of architectural styles. Full review →