This castle, which once belonged to the Talbot family, one of whom was a loyal knight of Henry II, is situated barely 8 mi from Dublin. You'll no doubt be amazed by this place as soon as you arrive, in terms of both the excellent state of preservation of the façade and the impeccable presentation of the surrounding gardens, spanning some 250 acres. The castle itself is over 800 years old and has served as both a fortress and a seigniorial residence over the years. A tour of the castle will take you through various rooms, including parlours, bedrooms and game rooms, among others, all furnished with period furniture and a large number of family portraits. With all of the old clothing, ancient dolls houses and museum lamps, you will be transported back in history to the castle's heyday. Of course, there's no shortage of legends to be told here, either, one of the most famous being that of the Battle of the Boyne, which took place in 1690. Legend has it that after sitting down to lunch, and for no apparent reason, the 14 members of the Talbot family who had all sat down to eat together all died that very day.
Behind the castle we discover the Talbot Botanic Gardens, a genuine paradise for tree lovers.© iStockphoto.com / Aleksandrs Rumjancevs
This full service marina is well within walking distance of all the local attractions, making it an ideal place to moor© The Irish Image Colle / age fotostock
The construction of the Malahide Castle dates back to the 12th century: first a fortress, then a private residence, it was also inhabited by Oliver Cromwell© Jack Hansen - dambicon / 123RF
According to legend, one of the first owners of the manor comes back every 25 years, for one night, to haunt all 76 rooms and protect his property ...© Alexander Kharitonenko / 123RF