Welcome to Rathfarnham Castle

The original castle at Rathfarnham dates back to the Elizabethan period and was built for Archbishop Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who later became Lord Chancellor of Ireland. In the late eighteenth century, the house was remodelled on a splendid scale employing some of the finest architects of the day including Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The collection includes family portraits by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), and Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808). Rathfarnham Castle is managed and operated by the Office of Public Works.

During the works taking place, many exciting archaeological artefacts have been discovered! Read the full government press release here, and watch the video here. Rathfarnham Castle reopened to the public on the 16th of October 2015, and you can see photographs from the launch here.

Open Daily

Rathfarnham Castle is open seven days a week from May to September, and from Wednesday to Sunday during winter. Tickets for tours of the Castle interior can be purchased at reception. Click here for more information.

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Did you know...

Look for the star symbol throughout the website to check out some interesting facts about the history of Rathfarnham Castle!

What’s On

Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm
9:30 am
  Ceramics Ireland Selected Annual Members Exhibition will feature the work of makers from the four corners of the country. A diverse range of ceramic practice will be on show including functional decorative, wall pieces[...]
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9:15 am
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rathfarnham Castle was constructed for Adam Loftus, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, in c.1583. The rationale of this Study Day is to encourage and promote further research into this outstanding example of architecture[...]
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7:30 pm
Silken Thomas: The Making of a Modern Opera Silken Thomas: The Making of a Modern Opera is a presentation which takes a look at how Celia de Fréine and Fergus Johnston worked together to create[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
7:30 pm
Songs from Ireland is a new Irish folk project and record from contemporary folk singer Gráinne Hunt and award-winning guitarist Brendan Walsh.   They perform a collection of traditional Irish ballads and folk songs in[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
7:30 pm
Federico Lorca Garcia, Spain’s national poet, internationally renowned playwright and collector of Spanish folk and flamenco songs, was much influenced by an early translation of J. M. Synge’s Riders to the Sea. And across the[...]
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