School Tours

A fun day out for your primary school group in Malahide!


It couldn’t be easier to bring your class on a fun and educational school trip if you combine a visit to see Ireland’s only Model Railway Museum and the magical fairy trail and butterfly house at Malahide Castle!

Just a short walk between the two with coach parking available at Malahide Castle…


With a wonderful mix of model railway trains and tracks, fairy houses , butterflies and plenty of open space and fresh air. A school trip to the Model Railway Museum and Malahide Castle is the perfect package for your class day out!


Start your day at either the  Casino Model Railway Museum or Malahide Castle’s Fairy Trail, depending on your mode of transport! Coach parking at Malahide Castle and a short stroll to the Model Railway Museum or take the DART to Malahide Village and stop into the Model Railway Museum followed by a walk through the park to Malahide Castle! We’ve lots of options…

The Casino Model Railway Museum is a historic and eye catching renovated thatched cottage located beside Malahide DART and train station. Your class will have fun with their interactive activity booklet guiding them through the museum where they will learn about Ireland’s train network down through the years. They will also feast their eyes on Europe’s largest collection of handmade model trains and carriages dating back to the 1950’s. The large scale model railway with over head tracks is truly a train lovers delight …

Just across the road at the pedestrian lights is the entrance into Malahide Castle, take your class on a stroll up through the park and to the visitor centre where your class will be given their interactive booklet for the magical fairy trail on the West Lawn.

With fun sculptures, fairy houses and lots of other hidden gems to find, little visitors are invited to use the interactive booklet to solve clues and answer questions on their way around the trail.

The day doesn’t end there, you can also enter the wonderful walled botanical garden where the exotic butterfly house can be found. The children will find themselves mesmerised by these beautiful creatures as they flutter through the tropical trees and plants. Be careful to watch your step as they can land anywhere to rest their weary wings!

A minimum of 3 hours should be allowed for a combined school trip to the Model Railway Museum and Malahide Castle Fairy Trail and Butterfly House. Please allow extra time for lunches or time in the playground separately.

Pricing and information:

  • Model Railway Museum visit only ( approx. 45 mins) €4.50 per student
  • Combined Model Railway Museum and Malahide Castle Fairy Trail and Butterfly House ( approx. 3 hrs) €8.00 per student
  • Teachers GO FREE
  • Coach parking at Malahide Castle ( 10 minute walk to the Model Railway Museum from Malahide Castle visitor centre)
  • Gift shop on site for pocket money souvenirs
  • Avoca on site at Malahide Castle for take out teas and coffees for the adults 🙂
  • Ideal for 5-10 year olds

Enquire about your school group today by emailing or calling +353 1 8454670