COVID-19

Rathfarnham Castle will re-open to the public on 28th October.  Due to Covid19 restrictions the number of people permitted in the building at one time is limited, and booking is advisable. Call 01 493 9462 or email rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie  to book your visit. Visitors are asked to observe all social distancing and hygiene recommendations.

Limited outdoor seating is available at the tearooms and toilet facilities in the tearoom are open. A take-out service is also in operation. Enhanced cleaning regimes have been put in place and visitors to the tearooms are asked to observe all hygiene recommendations. Toilet facilities will be for customers only and children using the facilities must be accompanied by an adult.

Please respect Social Distancing. Please adhere to responsible practice. Enjoy your visit.

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!

News

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Death Masks

Death Masks

Many of the things we do, such as putting up a tree for Christmas or brides wearing white feel like habits that have always been with us. However, both of these traditions, along with many others, were popularised relatively recently in the nineteenth century. One...

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The Portrait of a Man – Nicholas Loftus (1687-1763)

The Portrait of a Man – Nicholas Loftus (1687-1763)

Looking at this painting of Nicholas Loftus, it is easy to think that this is just another painting of a man in a white wig, wearing black clothes. And in one sense you would be right, as there are many similar looking paintings from the time. However, with a little...

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Tea or Coffee

Tea or Coffee

‘Go on, go on, go on.’ Did you know that per capita Ireland is the world’s second greatest consumers of tea? (Turkey has the first place spot.) This love affair with tea started in the eighteenth century. If you were a guest at an upper class house like Rathfarnham...

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