Set in the quaint, picturesque seaside town of Malahide, the charming castle of Malahide is a medieval castle, which was the house for the Talbot family for 791 years. This was the first castle I was visiting in Ireland and I was eagerly looking forward as it was listed as one of the prettiest castle in the island. So we were excited to spend our day touring this castle and its garden after which we were planning to explore the town of Malahide. Now, here is a quick history of this castle: Built in 1185, this castle is set in 260 acres of estate which was granted to Richard Talbot by Henry II in 1174 as he accompanied him to Ireland.
Malahide castle is about 30 minutes drive from Dublin city and as we made our entry inside this estate through the main entrance gate, acres and acres of green meadows and forest greeted us. Eager to catch a glimpse of the castle we parked our car and walked towards the visitor center and booked our ticket for the next tour.
As we had almost 45 minutes to wait, we decided to stroll around the walled garden, which is called as Talbot Botanical Garden behind the visitor center. We were quite amazed to see the dream like landscape, where I felt as if I have stepped into Alice’s Wonderland.
Lord Milo Talbot who was very passionate about plants created this ornamental garden and we found plants from different parts of the globe here. This tiny Botanical garden has over 500 spices of plants, various glasshouses and a beautiful Victorian period ornate conservatory, which is over centuries old.
Finishing off the tour of the walled garden we walked towards the castle, passing by the ruins of Malahide Abbey and the first glimpse of castle was the long winding stone staircase that lead to a door of a tower and this reminded me of Rapunzel!
As per the information, we were asked to gather infront of the main door of the castle, which looked tiny, covered with ivy all over the walls. We were summoned inside and were given few minutes to go through the exhibit articles and belongings of the Talbot family.
As the tour started we walked to the first floor of the castle to the Oak room, which was fully lit through sunlight beaming through the Gothic windows on one side of the room. The walls of this room are completely covered with finest carved paneling of oak and few depicted biblical scenes. We then continued our tour through the drawing rooms and bedrooms of the castle, which showcased the beautiful furniture, paintings and artifacts giving us a glimpse to the Talbot family lifestyle.
One interesting piece of furniture in the Drawing room was the wooden screen that was beautifully decorated and was placed next to the fireplace. We learnt that women in olden days used to wear make up which was made up of wax and to prevent them from melting as they sat next to the fire while enjoying their drink, these screens were used to block the heat.
Our next stop in the castle was the Great Hall, which was used as the dining hall displayed the huge, epic painting of Battle of Boyne, few portraits of the family members of the Talbot family and has a minstrel’s gallery. And here comes the spooky part of the tour, our tour guide tells us that over the years around five ghosts were sighted within the castle.
Often, the visitors would spot a ghost in their pictures (and I stopped clicking after listening to this!) who is said to be a jester who fell in love with a Lady, who was denied by Henry VIII at the castle. This jester was later found dead, stabbed to his heart on a snowy night, and on his death he swore that he would haunt the castle. Another ghost is of Lord Galtrim or Sir Walter Hussey who was killed in the battle on his wedding day and it is said that he was spotted inside castle wandering at night, crying in pain as his bride-to-be married his rival upon his death. Also, few of the workers of the castle has spotted the ghost of Lady Maud Plunkett chasing her husband’s ghost in the castle’s corridor. The other two ghosts of this castle are of Miles Corbett who appears in a soldier’s armour, which falls suddenly into pieces and the White Lady, the most popular ghost of this castle, who would leave her painting and wander around the castle.
Creeped out enough after listening to the horror stories of the castle we walked out as we finished our tour and spent few more minutes on the castle grounds, strolling in the lawn and relaxing under the shades of the trees.
The price of the tickets for tour starts from €12 and the tour lasts for about 50 minutes and can be purchased here or at the venue.
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