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Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

1. Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

Start your tour as you depart from Dublin and explore the nearby coast of Dublin Bay, moving through the interior and then the coast. Make a photo stop at the curious Casino Marino for the chance to learn about the use of this little architectural jewel. Take a tour inside Malahide castle and enjoy some free time to explore its gardens at your own pace. This castle was owned by the same family, the Talbot, for 800 years. Hear the ghost stories that are associated with its walls and corridors. It dates from the 11th century and was enlarged and restored at the time of Georgian splendour. En route, marvel at pretty villages like Malahide, parks like St Anne's, and beaches like Portmarnock. Take an optional walk from Howth's Summit cliff to the village to enjoy breath-taking views of Dublin bay and the Wicklow mountains. In the fishermen's harbor of Howth, have the chance to see seals swimming and begging for food from the boats. Finally, return along Bull island and the park of Santa Ana and Fairview.

Dublin: Coastal, Castles & Distillery Tour with Tasting

2. Dublin: Coastal, Castles & Distillery Tour with Tasting

Travel in an airconditioned bus from Dublin to Howth Peninsula for a panoramic tour. Explore the castles of Malahide and Ardgillan on guided tours. See how Pearse Lyons Irish Whiskey is crafted and sip on some whiskey samples. Visit the graveyard of the St. James Church during your visit to Pearse Lyons Distillery.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at centrally-located meeting points on Dublin's Nassau street or at the Custom House Quay. Relax aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. The guide will keep you well informed with storytelling and local history on the drive. Take in views of the stunning Clontarf Coast where you can gaze out at Bull Island before a passing through the verdant hills and charming villages of Howth Peninsula. Stop at 'Malahide Castle and Gardens' for an in-house tour of one of the most pristine Irish castle interiors in the country. Visitors can then stroll through their wonderful gardens before purchasing a coffee or browsing through their gift shop. Continue to Ardgillan Castle and on the way, pass through magnificent North County Dublin Coastal towns of Skerries and Balbriggan. Walk through the halls of 18th-century Ardgillan Castle on a guided tour. Have some free time to purchase lunch in the the Castle Tea Rooms. Make your way to the heart of Irish Whiskey distilling at Pearse Lyons Distillery. Uncover the secrets of the whiskey-making process straight from the distillers. Savor three samples of the Pearse Irish Whiskey range. Finally, experience the macabre on a guided tour of the St. James graveyard where your guide will share the history of St. James Church with you. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Malahide Castle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 285 reviews

Interesting the castle. Cute Howt.

We had booked a tour with a guide in Italian, but having only been two of us we had to take part in the tour in Spanish, (with a 50% refund). The castle is very beautiful to visit. Do not take the walk on the headland in Howt, insignificant and also very inaccessible especially if the weather is not the best. It would have been better to stay in the fishing village, but we were not allowed even if in the description of the tour there was the choice option. Anyway it remains a good memory. Ps: you can see the seals from the pier sitting on a rock!

Our tour guide was phenomenal! Her enthusiasm was contageous. She was excited, fun, and knowledgeable! We loved seeing the castles and coastline. The one downfall was that everything was too rushed. If the tour would limit the castles to one and give us time to get out and walk around in Howth, that would have made the day even better! A wonderful day in all, just not enough time to enjoy our sites!

The castle and gardens are spectacular, a truly beautiful experience, I recommend wandering around the castle garden to see the variety of flora and fauna present. The city of Howth is also very pretty and characteristic, you can eat good local fish. The Italian guide was very friendly and kind, a small but comfortable bus.

Pleasant tour in a nice environment with nice host. Too bad we didn't visit the rocky coast due to the time it took for Irish food. All in all a successful day with nice weather.

The castle is fine, but I liked the HOWHT peninsula better, very beautiful beaches and the coast, and the place with its little houses