Malahide Castle is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, with some parts dating back to the 12th century. For 791 years the castle was home to the Talbot family, with the exception of the years 1649-1690, when it was granted to Miles Corbet by Oliver Cromwell. The Talbot family returned to their home following the downfall of Cromwell.
The last Lord Talbot died in 1973. The castle was then inherited by his sister Rose, who sold it to the Irish State to help fund inheritance tax.
The parklands included in the Malahide Castle estate stretch over 270 acres. It is one of the best examples of an 18th century landscape park, its woodland border sheltering extensive lawns. Today, the castle’s parkland grounds encompass many sports facilities including tennis courts, a short golf course and a cricket pitch.
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