Malahide is an affluent seaside village fringed by a long stretch of golden sand. Pastel-coloured houses, cosy pubs and a centuries-old castle give Malahide a fairy-tale feel. Shop in the historic centre, dine by the marina and stretch your legs on coastal walking trails. Fast train connections make Malahide a haven for Dubliners in search of fun.
Things to do in Malahide
Malahide swaps high street brands for independent boutiques, atmospheric pubs and farm-to-table bistros. Many restaurants offer al fresco seating, complete with twinkling fairy lights. Walk down to the marina for waterfront dining options. Picnic Park hosts some of the best food trucks in Ireland, with everything from wood-fired pizzas to Mexican tacos on offer.
Malahide Beach is a two-kilometre stretch of golden sand and grass-covered dunes. Bask in the sunshine, build sandcastles and take a dip in the Irish Sea. The beach is just steps from the village, making it easy to enjoy a stroll with ice cream or a serving of fish and chips.
A scenic coastal walking trail links Malahide with the nearby town of Portmarnock. The trail hugs the clifftops and treats you to fantastic views over the coast. Along the way, you’ll pass by an impressive Martello tower built to defend the coast in the 19th century.
Malahide Castle soars over the coast and represents more than 800 years of history. It was built by the Talbot family and features grand rooms filled with antiques, tapestries and oil paintings. Learn about the legacy of the Talbots and stroll around the parkland-style gardens. An enormous Lebanese cedar overlooks the West Lawn and provides plenty of shade for picnics.
Getting around Malahide
Malahide is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The village is 30 minutes away from Dublin by car or train. Dublin Airport is a 15-minute drive away.