Malahide is one of the most beautiful towns around Dublin. This village, which boasts several amazing restaurant and pubs, is very characteristic and it is located just a few minutes away from Dublin. The name Malahide (Mullach h-Ide) probably derives from the time of the arrival of the Normans, meaning the sandhills of the Hydes, a Norman family from the Donabate area (Here you can find more info about Malahide history).
How to get there
Malahide is easily reachable from Dublin by bus or DART. You can use the bus lines 32 or 42 from Dublin city centre (I indicated the location of the bus stops in the map below), but I strongly recommend using the DART because the ride is very scenic since the railway trail runs along the sea. Additionally, the DART station still retains its Victorian charm, so it’s a good starting point for your visit.
What to do
Once you get there, you can stroll around the village and enjoy its vibrant atmosphere while exploring the several local shops, restaurants and pubs. Recently I realised that Malahide is considered the gourmet capital of the East Coast, so this is the perfect place to try a traditional Irish meal. Malahide is also home to golden sandy beaches, from which it is possible to see Lambay Island and the Howth peninsula. The Marina is the perfect place if you prefer to walk by the sea. From there you can admire the hundreds of yachts moored against the horizon.
The most important attraction of Malahide is the Malahide Castle, which is one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions, set on 260 acres. This magnificent and historic 12th century castle had been home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. The castle is open every day from 9.30am- 5.30pm and it is accessible just through tours. The full price ticket is 12 € (here more info about ticket prices and opening time).
After the visit, you can decide to relax at the visitor centre, where you can enjoy the delicious food from AVOCA.
In the map below I indicated all the main places I cited in this post. You can see that the DART station and also the bus stops are really close to the main attractions (the village, the marina and the castle).