6 Must-See Castles Near Dublin

Ireland is a country steeped in history, culture and folklore. We have our mythological figures from the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Fomorians to Cú Chulainn to the Salmon of Knowledge. We have had kings and famines and invasions and we do our best to remain in touch with our roots. 

One part of our heritage that is still on view today are the amazing castles and castle ruins which decorate our countryside. In fact, there are believed to be over 30,000 castles and ruins in Ireland. Not all of these are grand, huge affairs like we see in the movies. Some are smaller and much more modest. 

But the question is, what are the best castles near Dublin? What are the must-see structures that provide us with the echoes of the past? Let’s take a look at four such castles in Dublin and two in neighbouring counties. 

Dublin Castle

Ok, so this is a no brainer. If you’re going to visit Dublin and you want to go castle-viewing, then it only makes sense to start with Dublin Castle! It dates back as far as the 13th century and was built on top of a Viking settlement. For over 700 years it was the seat of English and British rule in Ireland and is now a government complex and major tourist attraction.

The State Apartments within the castle are open for entry through guided or self-guided tours. The castle is beautifully decorated with sculptures, paintings, furniture and much more that dates back from the 17th century to the present day.

The castle is centrally located between Temple Bar and St. Stephen’s Green and admission is free. 

Malahide Castle

Staying in Dublin and the next must-see castle is Malahide Castle. Located in North County Dublin and with easy access through the use of the DART, Malahide Castle has something everyone can enjoy, no matter what age. 

Tours of the over 800-year-old castle take visitors through a history of the castle and the Talbot family who resided there for much of its existence. You get the chance to see private rooms and hear stories of battles, banquets and more! The gardens span 260 acres and are home to over 5,000 species of plants. And if you are a lepidopterist – or butterfly aficionado to the lay person – you are in luck because Malahide Castle Butterfly House happens to be the only butterfly house in Ireland and is called home by over 20 species of butterfly.

Younger people can enjoy the fairy trail, an interactive, 1.8-kilometre trail where visitors solve clues and answer questions as they go. The Casino Model Railway Museum is also just a short walk from the Castle and is another must visit place in the vicinity.

Drimnagh Castle

Drimnagh Castle is again in Dublin and while it may have less prestige than its predecessors, it does have something no other castle in Ireland has…a functioning moat which is fed by a small stream called The Bluebell. This unique feature has led it to be a very popular filming location and has featured in Hollywood movies such as Ella Enchanted starring Anne Hathaway as well as British productions such as The Old Curiosity Shop and BBC’s The Tudors.

Entry ranges from €4 to €6 per ticket. The castle is located about 30-40 minutes from the city centre depending on traffic, though the chance to explore this wonderful castle should make up for that.

Swords Castle

Located in the heart of the town of Swords, the castle is often overlooked in favour of some of its more better known counterparts. The castle was built around 1200 by Archbishop John Comyn as a residence and administrative centre. It is free to enter though opening hours vary depending on the time of year. 

The castle has a fully functioning and unusually large chapel that is also available for weddings. As recently as 2017 the remains of three burials were discovered, highlighting the potential need for further excavation.

One of the major benefits the castle has is its close proximity to Dublin Airport. Situated only 2 miles away, the castle is perfect for some last-minute sightseeing before heading overseas.

Leap Castle

Now for a change of pace and the first castle outside of Dublin. Leap Castle is located an hour and a half from the capital in Coolderry, County Offaly. Why Leap Castle? Many castles have tales of ghosts and ghouls roaming the hallways at night, making noise and being downright spooky but Leap Castle has more than most. It holds the honour of being the most haunted castle in Ireland. So if you’re the type of person who enjoys a scare and a spooky tale then visiting this castle is definitely for you. 

While restoration works continue on parts of the castle, it is privately owned with current occupants. It is not possible to visit all of the structure, though at times visitors can be granted permission to see some of the ruined upper floors.

Trim Castle

Trim Castle is located in County Meath, roughly 50 minutes outside of Dublin. The town of Trim itself is filled with medieval structures and only adds to the spectacle of the castle. It is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland and took over 30 years to construct, starting in 1173. As with so many other castles in Ireland, its majesty has been sought out far and wide and featured as a filming location in the movie Braveheart. An added bonus are the modern walkways that allow you to look down on the interior of the keep and give a sense of the sheer size and scale of the castle. 

And if you needed any further reasons to visit Trim Castle, it is located in the Boyne Valley which features some of the richest parts of Irish heritage dating back 9,000 years. A twenty-minute drive from the Castle brings you to the Hill of Tara, the seat of the old High Kings of Ireland and also features heavily in Irish Mythology. Also in the Boyne Valley are Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, three Stone Age (Neolithic) Passage Tombs that predate the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge.

A journey to Trim Castle and the Boyne Valley holds a world of possibilities.

Your Base For Castles Near Dublin

Now, when you plan to visit these castles, especially if you’re from outside Dublin, a question you may be asking is where is the ideal location to stay in the city to explore such castles and other historic sites? 

Why not stay at Maldron Hotel Tallaght? It is conveniently located on the N81, and just off the M50 and N7 motorways, the ideal base for anyone travelling to and from the North, South, East and the West of Ireland! 

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  • General Hotel Information

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    Check-in is 3pm on the day of arrival. In the case of earlier arrival, we try our best to accommodate our guests where possible. Please note that an earlier check-in is subject to availability and that additional charges may apply.

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    Does the hotel offer baggage storage?

    Yes, you can leave your luggage with the reception until your room is ready or you are ready to depart.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Tallaght is pleased to offer complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms.

    Is there a laundry service available?

    No, we don’t offer a laundry service in the hotel.

    What do I do if I accidentally left some items in the hotel?

    If you have left any items behind following your stay at the hotel, please contact our reception team directly via phone on +353 (0)1 468 5400 and if found, we will return to you via post.

    Are pets permitted in the hotel?

    No, pets are not permitted in the hotel, with the exception of guide and service dogs.

    Is the hotel reception desk open 24 hours a day?

    Yes, our reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day.

    What is the hotel’s smoking policy?

    At Maldron Hotel Tallaght, we operate a strictly non-smoking policy within the entire building and therefore also in all of our bedrooms. We do have a designated outdoor smoking area at the front of the hotel to accommodate guests who smoke. A deep cleaning fee will be charged to guests who are found to be in breach of our no smoking policy.

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    Do you sell gift vouchers?

    Yes, we have Maldron Hotels gift cards available to purchase at reception or online. Our gift cards can be used in any Maldron Hotel or Clayton Hotel.

    Do you provide printing facilities for boarding passes?

    Yes, our reception team can assist with printing your boarding pass.

    Does the hotel offer currency exchange?

    Yes, we offer currency exchange at the hotel. Speak to our reception team at the front desk and they will be happy to help you.

    Do you supply travel adapters?

    Yes, travel adapters can be purchased in the hotel’s vending machines.

  • Location & Parking

    Where exactly is Maldron Hotel Tallaght located?

    Maldron Hotel Tallaght is located on the N81, less than 4km away from exit 2 on the N7. Situated within walking distance to The Square Shopping, local tourist attractions and venues. The hotel is within easy access to the Luas Stop, Airport Hopper and the main Dublin bus routes. More information you can find on our location page.

    How far is the hotel from Dublin city centre?

    Maldron Hotel Tallaght is 12km and approximately a 30-minute ride on the LUAS from Dublin city centre.

    How far is the hotel from Dublin Airport?

    Maldron Hotel Tallaght is located 19km and approximately 25 to 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport.

    We recommend taking the Airport Hopper, an hourly airport shuttle service from Dublin Airport to Maynooth and Tallaght areas. Tickets can be booked online. Alternativity, taxis are available outside arrivals in both terminals. Journey time and fares depend on traffic.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    The Tallaght LUAS stop ‘Red Line’ as well as different busses are located within a 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

    Are there any shopping areas nearby?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Tallaght is perfectly located for a shopping break in Dublin and close to several great shopping centres, including The Square, Dundrum Town Centre and Liffey Valley as well as being just a 30-minute trip by LUAS from Dublin city centre where you’re spoilt for choice.

    Is there a car rental station near the hotel?

    Yes, Europcar is located just a 6-minute drive from the hotel.

    Is there parking at Maldron Hotel Tallaght?

    Yes, we offer complimentary underground car parking to all of our guests.

  • Rooms & Amenities

    What room types does the hotel offer?

    Maldron Hotel Tallaght boasts 119 spacious and comfortable hotel rooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 5 different room types, including Double Rooms, Twin Rooms, Triple Rooms, Executive Suites and Suites We also have a number of Interconnecting Rooms available at the hotel.

    Are there wheelchair accessible rooms available?

    Yes, we have wheelchair-accessible rooms available at Maldron Hotel Tallaght. To check availability or to book an accessible room, please contact our reservations team directly on +353 (0)1 468 5400.

    Does the hotel have family rooms?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Tallaght has a number of family rooms that can accommodate up to 3 people comfortably with a double and single bed.

    Can I get a cot in my room?

    Yes, cots are available upon request. Please make sure to book your cot at the time of the booking as they are on a first booked, first served basis.

    Are the hotel rooms air-conditioned?

    No, unfortunately, our bedrooms are not air-conditioned.

    Do the bathrooms have a shower or a bath?

    All hotel bedrooms have both a bath and a shower.

    Does the hotel offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, we offer wake-up calls for guests. Please speak to a member of the reception team to arrange a wake-up call.

    What amenities are included in the room?

    All of our bedrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, safe, toiletries, iron and ironing board as well as tea/coffee making facilities for your complimentary use.

  • Dining

    What dining options are available in the hotel?

    Our Grain & Grill bar and restaurant is open 7 days a week serving great quality food at reasonable prices from breakfast right through to lunch and dinner. If you just want to grab a quick bite or have some drinks, the bar offers you plenty of options to choose from.

    Does the hotel offer breakfast?

    Yes, we are renowned for a great selection of breakfast options available each morning. Choose from traditional cooked breakfast favourites as well as healthier and nutritious options to kickstart your morning. Breakfast is served 7 days a week in our Grain & Grill restaurant, Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 10.00am and weekends and bank holidays from 8:00am to 11.00am.

    If breakfast isn’t included in your rate, you can still purchase breakfast for an additional €13.50 pp.

    What are the opening times of the Grain & Grill Bar and Restaurant?

    Lunch is served from 12.00pm until 2.30pm daily. Dinner is served from 3.00pm – 9.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 3.00pm – 9.00pm on Sunday. Guests can also avail of our bar food menu from 12.00pm – 9.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 12.00pm – 9.00pm on Sunday.

    Does the restaurant cater food for allergies?

    Yes, all of our menus have a full allergy listing. Please inform your waiter if you have any allergies, vegetarian or dietary requirements and our kitchen team will be delighted to assist.

    Does Gain & Grill offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, we offer a separate kid’s menu for our younger diners.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, in-room dining is available daily. You can order from our Click & Go menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be collected at the collection point in our restaurant at your requested time.

    Is there a reservation for dinner required?

    No, a dining reservation is in general not required. However, we advise you to reserve your table to avoid disappointment. To book, please contact our reception team on +353 (0)1 468 5400.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

    Yes, we offer a private dining space for groups or special occasions such as birthday parties, communions and confirmations as well as family celebrations. For more information or to book, please contact us via phone on +353 (0)1 468 5405 or email us at events.tallaght@maldronhotels.com.

  • Leisure Facilities

    Does the hotel offer a swimming pool and gym facilities on-site?

    Yes, our leisure centre has a 20m indoor swimming pool with a separate kiddies pool. We also have a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room on-site. For our more active guests, we also provide a fully equipped and state-of-the-art gym with free weights area, weight machines, kettlebells and cardio equipment. Whether you want to maintain your workout routine or plan to relax and unwind, you can do both in Club Vitae at Maldron Hotel Tallaght.

    What are the opening hours of the swimming pool and gym?

    The leisure facilities at Maldron Hotel Tallaght opens from 6am to 10pm Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm on Saturday and from 9am to 6pm at Sunday and bank holidays.

    Kids opening hours are from 9am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 6pm on Sunday and bank holidays.

    Is there an age limit for using the leisure facilities?

    Yes, children under 16 are not permitted to use the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room or the gym. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must be fully supervised when using the facilities.

    Is the use of the leisure facilities complimentary for guests?

    Yes, all hotel guests have full complimentary use of our leisure facilities.

  • Meetings & Events

    Are there meeting and event room facilities available at the hotel?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Tallaght has 7 state-of-the-art and air-conditioned meeting rooms available, catering for interviews, board meetings, training sessions, presentations, seminars and events. We also host weddings at the hotel, offering a fabulous range of wedding packages to suit all tastes and budgets at this exquisite Dublin wedding venue.

    For prices and availability, please contact us via phone on +353 (0)1 468 5400 or email info.tallaght@maldronhotels.com.

    Does the hotel facilitate conferences?

    Yes, we host conferences on-site.

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Our meeting rooms can accommodate up to 550 delegates depending on the room chosen.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    All our meeting rooms are equipped with standard presentation facilities (LCD projector and screen), flipcharts, water, writing paper and pens as well as a stationery box. Free WiFi will be provided complimentary in all meeting rooms.

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Yes, we have a variety of dining options as well as customised menus available for meetings to suit your budget and requirements.

    Do you have corporate rates available?

    Yes, we have corporate rates available at Maldron Hotel Tallaght. Please contact us directly via phone on +353 (0)1 468 5400 or email info.tallaght@maldronhotels.com for more information and to discuss a reduced corporate rate.

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes selected sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Yes, we are delighted to confirm that all Maldron Hotels are registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. That means if you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for more information and details.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    The best way to book is online on our website where you can easily see our best rates and what exclusive offers and packages are available. Alternatively, you can call us on +353 (0)1 468 5400 or email info.tallaght@maldronhotels.com.

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    If you have not yet received a booking confirmation by email, please check your junk/spam folder of your emails. Alternatively, you can also contact our reservations team via phone on +353 (0)1 468 5400 or email info.tallaght@maldronhotels.com and they’re happy to help you or re-issue a new confirmation to you immediately.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    At Maldron Hotel Tallaght, we accept all major credit/debit cards, cash as well as contactless payments.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    A valid credit/debit card is required to secure all bookings made online or over the phone, unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. Please note nothing is charged to the card at booking stage when booking directly with the hotel (with the exception of advance purchase offers or bookings that require a deposit. This will be clearly noted on the booking offer).

    For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with photographic ID. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    Under 12’s are considered to be children.

    How do I make a group or multiple room booking?

    To make a group or multiple-room booking, please contact our reservations team directly via phone on +353 (0)1 468 5400 or email info.tallaght@maldronhotels.com and they’re happy to assist you.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    One guest must be 18 or older to guarantee the booking. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, you can. However, pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment at arrival as we may not have rooms available depending on the time of the year. Please note that an ID must be provided on check-in.

    Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, depending on availability, we’ll be happy to accommodate you for further nights at an additional cost.

    How can I cancel or amend my reservation?

    If you booked on our website, you can amend or cancel your booking online by clicking the ‘Manage Booking’ at the top of our website. Alternatively, you can call us directly on +353 (0)1 468 5400 to cancel or amend your booking.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Maldron Hotel Tallaght offers free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to the day of arrival unless advance purchase non-refundable rate was selected. Please note that some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer and date.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    If you booked through a third-party website or online travel agent, you must cancel your booking through the same website or agent as we are unable to do this on your behalf. Please note that they have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    What does our “no show” policy entail?

    In the event of a non-arrival or a non-cancellation on the selected date of arrival, you will be charged the full amount for your first night’s stay. If your booking is advance purchase, the total amount will be non-refundable and you will incur a 100% penalty charge for the entire duration of your stay.

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