Malahide and the 5 Best Things to do there

Malahide is one amongst a number of coastal areas in Ireland with breathtaking qualities to it, with a history dating as far back as 6000 BC. This is inclusive of its seaside, its town area, and the restaurants and bars it has on offer, among other things. The aim of this list is to outline the top 5 best things to do in Malahide out of all of its qualities, as follows below. 

1. Malahide Beach

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It goes without saying that Malahide Beach is a quintessential part of the town for both its residents and visitors alike. Stretching out at 2 km long, this beach consists of an estuary and a marina, which is highly popular within the summer months. Some of the common sights around this area include the Irish Sea itself, its sandy shores, and the various boats and yachts often out at sea by the beach.

Address: Robswalls, Co. Dublin

2. Malahide Castle and Gardens

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Another major draw of this area is its castle and gardens known as the Malahide Castle and Gardens. Established in 1185 as a wooden fortress and later becoming the castle we know today, this vast castle offers attendees tours of the interior ripe with royal furnishing and history of the castle itself and even concerts. The “Gardens” part of this destination includes a vast green area surrounding it, consisting of a botanical garden, a playground, and a GAA pitch to visit.

Address: Back Rd, Broomfield, Dublin


Opening Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily

3. The Casino Model Railway Museum

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Also contributing to the historical offerings of Malahide is The Casino Model Railway Museum. Remaining a mainstay there for 200 years, this museum’s collection was crafted by Cyril Ray, with all the trains on display created by him. The main aim of this museum is to preserve his works so they can be appreciated for the future generations to come.  

Address: K36 TW6


Opening Hours

Monday from 1 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM – 4:30 PM

4. Yellow Walls Cemetery

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Although it’s a morbid pick on this list, the Yellow Walls Cemetery is another place to bring in the sights of the history of Malahide. It stands as “a burial place for persons of unknown identity, unbaptised children and paupers”, with a history dating as far back as the late 19th/early 20th century on record. One standout sight in this cemetery is the cross commemorating The Gainsborough Wreck, an event in where “vessel called the Gainsborough was wrecked off the coast of Portmarnock during a heavy storm” on November 29th, 1838.

Address: K36 HR88


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday from 10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm

(Closed Saturday/Sunday and Bank Holidays)

5. The Sea Shack Malahide

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For dining within the Malahide area, one of the finest establishments for dining on seafood is The Fish Shack Malahide. The Fish Shack’s Malahide location is renowned for its fish and chips, as well as its other seafood offerings like “the mussels & crab tostadas”. Its appearance and interior consists of wooden furniture, potted plants scattered around, and an outdoor patio area for the sunny days.

Address: K36 V273


Opening Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday from 12 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday to Friday from 12 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday from 12 PM – 9:30 PM

Are these choices amongst the best things to do in Malahide? What other choices should have made this list instead? Be sure to sound off in the comments below! 

Matthew Lehane
Matthew Lehane

An upcoming MA graduate in New Media and Digital Culture in Utrecht University, with a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies from IADT, and a QQI Level 5 qualification in Arts, Culture, and History from DFEI. The topics written (and edited) to date for Babylon Radio range from film, tourism, and photography, with a broader range to come during this internship and in future work.

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