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

Jul 5 @ 9:30 am – Aug 25 @ 4:45 pm
9:30 am
nagOffsite Installation featuring works by Helena Gorey, Kristina Huxley, Roseanne Lynch, Jane Proctor and Masashi Suzuki and objects from the John Hutchinson collection. Curated by Mark St. John Ellis, this exhibition juxtaposes contemporary artworks and[...]
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Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
11:00 am
Join Anna Ehrenstein for a special workshop on representation, looking at historical and contemporary selfies and portraits with a discussion on shared experiences and ideas of representation. As part of the workshop, self-portraits and portraits[...]
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3:00 pm
Picture Collecting at Rathfarnham Castle: a talk by Adrian le Harivel, Curator of British Art at the National Gallery of Ireland. Admission to this special Heritage Week talk is free. Booking advisable at 01 493[...]
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7:30 pm
Smashing Times presents The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII by Mary Moynihan, Paul Kennedy and Fiona Thompson, is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Curator’s Talk by Mark St. John Ellis, Curator of the nagOffsite Installation at Rathfarnham Castle. nagOffsite was created in 2014 taking the philosophy of the gallery aesthetic into non white cube spaces. As with all[...]
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