Located in County Dublin, Malahide is a coastal suburban town that derives its modern name from “Mullach Íde”, meaning “the hill of Íde” or “Íde’s sand-hill”. The town is surrounded by Swords, Kinsealy and Portmarnock. 16 km away from the city centre, it is connected with services of DART and Irish Rails. With village like centre, the town has residential areas in the south, west and north-west.
The history of the town revolves around the Talbot family and the Malahide Castle, which was once an attractive building. Decorated with portraits and artifacts, the castle was home of the Talbot family for more than 800 years. Rooms which engross ones’ attention are the Oak Room and the Great Hall that are filled with decorative carvings, period furniture and paintings, providing insight into the Talbot’s family history. In addition to the guided tour of the castle, one can also go to the Talbot Botanic Gardens, Fry Model Railway and Museum of Childhood & Tara’s Palace.
Another popular landmark of the place is the Tara’s Palace, which is built to 1/12th scale. The magnificent palace displays a beautiful collection of antique dolls and toys, with one belonging to Oscar Wilde’s mother and other to the 1700. In addition, the palace also features a beautifully designed miniature castle. This palace got its inspiration from the Titania’s Palace, built in 1907 by Sir Neville Wilkinson’s.
Covering an area of 2,500 sq ft., the Fry Model Railway is known to be one of the largest and unique railway exhibitions. Surrounded by the beautiful gardens of the castle, it displays a unique collection of working handmade models of Irish Trains, belonging to 1920s and 1930s. A treat for all age group, Dublin,Tourism Attractions and Fingal County Council look after the Fry Model Railway.
Nature lovers can head towards the Malahide Castle Demesne, which is a perfect example of 18th century landscaped parks, having a protective belt of trees. Developed behind the castle over a large area, it also houses the Talbot Botanic Gardens, It has thousands of plants, many of which are from Australia, Chile and other places of the Southern Hemisphere. The demesne also has children playground, golf course, sports pitches, tennis courts, exercise trails with many entries and car parking. Greenery and beautiful parks adds to the aesthetics of the place and it a perfect place for relax and walk.
Known as a convenient base for Vikings in history, the town gained popularity during Georgian times, when wealthy dwellers moved to this place. This is evident from the large number of Georgian houses standing at seafront. Besides these landmarks, there are many clubs in Malahide. One can head to golf clubs, basketball clubs and other clubs that represent different sports like soccer, rugby, sailing and cricket. In addition, the town also has pubs and restaurants where one can relax and enjoy with loved ones.
Malahide, with its historical landmarks, Malahide Presbyterian Church, clubs and restaurants is a great getaway destination, where one can go to with friends and family.
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