Model Railway Museum

Experience a self guided tour of The Casino Model Railway Museum

The Casino Model Railway Museum offers a close-up look at the exquisite workmanship of Cyril Fry’s hand-crafted models. Delve into the extensive interactive displays giving detailed information about Irish rolling stock and the history of the Irish railways.

This cottage, now sensitively renovated, was built around the beginning of the 19th century by Richard Wogan Talbot. It is thought to have been a shooting lodge. It was designed as a Cottage Orné (“decorated cottage”), a rustic style which developed firstly in England out of the Italian picturesque style of painting in the 17th century. This style used shaped thatched roofs, elaborate woodwork, and the surrounding landscape to create the picturesque effect.

The Talbot family have lived for over 800 years in Malahide. Sir Richard de Talbot, a Norman knight, was granted lands here in 1185 for services to the king, Henry II. Richard Wogan Talbot, the 2nd Baron, joined the British army at an early age and fought in several European wars. He was elected to Westminster in 1806 and served until his retirement in 1833.

In the early 1920s the Kirker family, well-known in the Malahide area, moved into the house. Dr John Gilbert Kirker served as President of the Royal College of Physicians and went on to help found the Irish Epilepsy Foundation in the 1960s, now called Brainwave. The Kirker’s had two donkeys, Salt and Pepper, who were known by all the children around the area. The family left the house in 1999.

Model Railway Museum

1 April – 30th September

Tuesday to Sundays we are open from 9.30am-6pm . Mondays from 1pm.

Last entry to museum 4.30pm

1st October – 31 March

We are open Mondays from 1pm-5pm . Tuesday to Sundays from 10am-5pm

Last entry to museum 4pm


General self guided admission :Adult €7.50   Child €5.00    Family €22.00 (2+2)   Student & Seniors €6.00

Malahide Castle Fairy Trail & Butterfly House AND entry to Model Railway Museum- Combo ticket

Family €40 (2 +2) Adult: €14 Child €8

Choose to visit the Fairy Trail at Malahide Castle or The Model Railway Museum first, please note that last entry to either attraction is 4.30pm. We recommend allowing a minimum of 1 hr 30mins for visiting the Fairy Trail and Butterfly House and approx 40 mins for the Casino Model Railway Museum. It is approx 10 minute walk between the 2 places, so please plan your day keeping these elements in mind.

There is plenty of picnic lunch space .There are lots of options for eating including,   Avoca Cafe & Foodhall on site at Malahide Castle or choose from among many other cafe’s and restaurants in Malahide Village.


Getting Here

The Casino Model Railway Museum is in the heart of Malahide Village , on the beautiful north coast of Dublin and easily accessible by bus, train and DART (Dublin’s light rail network) from Dublin City Centre- just 13km away!

By car: 10 minutes from Dublin Airport and 25 minutes from Dublin City Centre. Parking available at Bridgefield car park or on street parking. Free parking is also available at Malahide Castle just a 10 minute walk away.

By train: Take the DART to Malahide from any DART stations located across the city.

By bus: Malahide village is served by Dublin Bus routes 32 and 42 from Dublin City Centre and Go Ahead route 102 from Dublin Airport

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Enjoy a gift of magic and adventure with our Annual Membership Pass

Offering cardholders unlimited access to Malahide Castle and Gardens (including the Butterfly House and Fairy Trail), Newbridge House and Farm and The Casino Model Railway Museum, our new Annual Membership Pass makes light work of great days out for all the family!