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Itinerary

Leave downtown Dublin in a climate-controlled vehicle. As you travel through the countryside north of the city, your driver-guide explains the region’s history.

Your first stop is Malahide Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest castles. Richard Talbot, one of Henry II’s knights, first built Malahide during the 12th century, and it stayed in his family for almost 800 years.

After a tour of the interior, a stroll in the ornamental gardens, and a visit to the craft shop (and café, if you would like), you'll travel through picturesque Malahide village and along the rugged coast to the fishing port of Howth.

Explore the quaint streets and pretty harbor with its traditional fishing boats before heading up to Howth summit to savor sweeping views across Dublin Bay. Finally, you’ll return to your central Dublin starting point.

Locations visited
Malahide Castle
Howth Head
Howth Hills
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Overview

Spare yourself the hassle and expense of driving yourself around Ireland on a convenient Dublin Bay tour that’s perfect for lovers of natural landscapes. Explore the 12th-century Malahide Castle and its famous gardens, wander the quaint village of Howth, and enjoy sweeping countryside vistas. Your local guide puts all of these views into context and provides historical information you may otherwise have missed, 

Highlights
  • Visit two of Ireland’s most picturesque sights without the hassle of driving
  • Explore 12th-century Malahide Castle and its gardens 
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time 
  • Learn about context, culture, and history from your local driver-guide
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great trip to get out of town

The half day trip to Malahide Castle, Dublin Bay and Howth gives you a nice opportunity to see a little of the closer Dublin area. Malahide Castle is not a palace. It is an old castle that has been occupied for hundreds of years until...More

2  Thank MartinStutensee
Dublintour, Manager at Gray Line Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi MartinStutensee, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to read that you had such a wonderful time on our Howth and Malahide Tour! Indeed Malahide Castle is not a palace, but it is very close in my opiniom, and the size...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A quick and entertaining half day out.

We took the 4 hour tour to Malahide castle and Howth fishing village with Grey Line on August Sunday the 26th. Our tour guide was Trevor, and the bus was a double-decker one, not very comfy, but quite allright for a short tour. Trevor did...More

1  Thank José Luis L
Dublintour, Manager at Gray Line Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi José, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to read that you had such a wonderful time on our Howth and Malahide Tour! Be sure to spread the word now! All the best, Brian L

Reviewed 21 August 2018
Very informative!

The tour of the Malahide Castle was extremely interesting. The quick tour of the Dublin Bay was outstanding. I only wish it could have been a full day, with more time to explore.

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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile
Great Tour

Had a great 1/2 day trip to Malahide Castle. Our guide was Gerry and our driver was Noel..Wonderful commentary by Gerry ...great history and funny stories on the way. Beautiful sites along the way of Dublin Bay and the coast. Had great fish chowder and...More

2  Thank Roseann C
Dublintour, Manager at Gray Line Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Roseann, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us. And well done for visiting Crabby Joe's as it is indeed one of the finiest eateries in the area of Howth. Who doesn't love a bit of chowder now...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile
Castle tour and Howth

We did the afternoon tour to Malahide Castle and Howth. The guide on our bus gave good commentary and the Castle was beautiful. The tour only allowed time for the castle tour. It would have been great to have even 20-30 minutes to explore some...More

2  Thank SpeedyStacey
Dublintour, Public Relations Manager at Gray Line Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

SpeedyStacey, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent tour with us. We are continuously looking at ways in which we can improve our Tour and take your feedback on board. I have escalated your feedback to the relevant Department. Kind regards, Laura

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