Charming or a haunted castle of Malahide!

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 castleMalahide 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.

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Victorian ornate conservatory

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.

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Talbot Botanical Garden

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Victorian ornate conservatory

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.

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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!

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Ruins of Malahide Abbey

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The tower and the winding staircase!

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.

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Malahide castle

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.

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The Oak room

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The Drawing room

Malahide castleMalahide castleOne 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.

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The wooden screen which saved the Lady’s make up from melting down!

Malahide castleMalahide castleMalahide castleMalahide castleMalahide castleMalahide castleOur 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.

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The Great Hall

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.

Malahide castle

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.

Hope you guys enjoyed our post, do let us know if you guys have been to any haunted castles or encountered a ghost ever! 

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26 Comments

  1. October 18, 2016    

    The stories of ghosts is indeed spooky. I have been to some castles in the US and learnt that people who built them were very close to their properties, but didn’t hear of any such stories here.

    Otherwise, the gardens looks good and even the works inside.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you Alok. When the properties are so beautiful, its not surprising that the owners get attached to it.

  2. October 19, 2016    

    Very beautiful castle.. Great post

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you 🙂

  3. October 19, 2016    

    Very interesting!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you

  4. October 20, 2016    

    Now this is a place that I sure would love to visit. Interesting how wax makeup was prevented from being melted. Nice pictures and narrative.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you Ami :).

  5. October 21, 2016    

    This would be the perfect location for a styled photo shoot. I love the flowers and that gorgeous wrap around stone staircase. SO picturesque and beautiful.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Yes totally agree with you. The castle provides a perfect backdrop for photoshoots.

  6. October 21, 2016    

    Castles are fun to see and explore, and one day I hope to take my kids to Ireland! I especially love the ghost stories, a historic mansion tour wouldn’t be complete without them. The gardens also look very inviting, I would love to explore the 200 plus acres that surround the place.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      It will be a fun day for the kids with all the interesting stories connected to the castles.

  7. October 22, 2016    

    Great shots… Loved reading the post… Thanks so much for sharing!
    https://outfitsandmakeupblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/long-haul-travel-essentials/

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you Ritu 🙂

  8. October 23, 2016    

    Wow, I was in Dublin back in 2011 but never heard of this. “Ghost” is a Pearl Jam song. When I think of Ireland, castles certainly come to mind!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Certainly, Ireland has some pretty amazing castles.

  9. October 23, 2016    

    This ghost stories is a bit scary but made a perfect setting for the ghost tour at night. The castle and its surroundings look so great during the daylight, and those furniture keep reminding me of the Downton Abbey.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Hahah yes, the castle does resemble the Downtown Abbey setting :).

  10. October 23, 2016    

    Castles are fun to explore and there are so many of them where I live. I’ve always been found of wandering around the country and being able to visit those places. This place is so charming and the colors are just amazing! Love reading this post really!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you for the love Liana 🙂

  11. October 23, 2016    

    What a beauty ! Such a lovely place.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank you 🙂

  12. October 25, 2016    

    I love ghost stories, I love history and also if a place has something interesting like how things in the places are still so well preserved…I know it is a place I would love to visit! Such a beautiful Castle!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Thank yu for stopping by our blog Vysakhi. We are sure you will love Malahide Castle if you into to spooky stories 😉

  13. October 25, 2016    

    Oh wow looks very intriguing! Not sure if I’d be brave enough to spend Halloween there though 😉

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      November 4, 2016    

      Hahah, that would be one Halloween to remember 😀

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