Malahide is a picturesque coastal suburban town just 15 minutes from Dublin city centre.Recent excavations have revealed traces of a settlement dating back to 6000BC.

The extensive Velvet Strand stretches to the horizon and is extremely popular with bathers and water sports enthusiasts. Malahide also boasts a marina with some three hundred berths and the only natural inlet along the East Coast. As a result Malahide is a popular destination for visiting yachts from both Ireland and overseas.

Malahide Castle is set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide. It was built both a fortress and a private home and was inhabited for nearly eight hundred years. The castle is beautifully furnished and has a great selection of portraits hanging on the walls. Private banquets are held in the medieval great Hall and tours are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Japanese. There is also a craft shop and restaurant located in the castle.

If you are into doll houses or period furniture Tara's Palace is a must see. Situated in the castle courtyard, this large doll's house which has been under construction since 1980 is modeled on several of Ireland's "great houses" for design and architecture. Scaled at one to twelve this display is truly spectacular. Besides the dolls house there is classic dolls, toys and other dolls' houses, including one from 1700 and one from the family of Oscar Wilde's mother.

Another interesting place to visit while at Malahide Castle is Fry Model Railway Museum. This museum features of handmade models of Irish trains, from the beginning of rail travel to modern times. One of the world’s largest miniature railways, the exhibition is unique in that it is a working railway covering an area of 2,500 sq. feet.

Nearby Newbridge House & Demesne, Donabate, was built in 1736 for Archbishop Cobbe. This Georgian house still contains its original furniture, paintings and other antique decorations. The extensive 150hectar demesne includes a walled garden, a Deer and wildlife Park, playing and walking areas and a 19th Century working farm. A museum of 19th Century rural life is enclosed by the courtyard. If its golf your into then there is plenty of choice in the area, Malahide,Donabate and Corrstown are great golf courses. Donabate Golf Club was founded in 1925. Located approximately 15- minutes from Dublin Airport and 2 miles off the M1 motorway, where ever you’re located it’s just a short drive away. Malahide is a 27-hole parkland golf course which is enjoyed by members and visitors alike. Corrstown Golf Club boasts a superb twenty-seven holes. Each hole has its own unique blend of beauty and difficulty; we guarantee that your golf game will be tested to its limits.

Famous people from Malahide include Nicky Byrne from Westlife, Ronan Keating, Brendan Gleeson and Stephan Rea as well as U2s Adam Clayton and The Edge. The town prides itself on good quality foods and its restaurants are well worth a visit. There are also plenty of pubs and clubs to whet you appetite and a great choice of Hotels and B&Bs to choose from.

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