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

Nov 15 @ 10:30 am – Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm
10:30 am
Group show that explores our relationships with others and how our futures are tied together. Curated by Valeria Ceregini, the exhibition features works by Shane Finan (multimedia artworks and paintings), Beata Piekarska-Daly (interactive paintings), Mary[...]
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Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
3:00 pm
Join us for some seasonal favourites with the Rathfarnham Concert Band conducted by Vincent Kennedy, Sing and Tonics, an acapella vocal group and seasonal comedy stories told by Declan O’Brien. Admission FREE. Booking essential at[...]
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Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Have fun designing and decorating your own Christmas card! Workshop suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years. Booking essential at 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission free.
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Jan 8 @ 9:30 am – Jan 12 @ 4:45 pm
9:30 am
A Dublin Bowie Festival event, this exhibition features exquisite portraits and sculptures of David Bowie by UK-based artist Sara Captain and Italian artist Maria Primolan. These beautiful works are inspired by Bowie’s fascination with the[...]
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2:00 pm
We’re delighted to play host to this Dublin Bowie Festival event (www.dublinbowiefestival.ie), an entertaining talk with artist and art historian Sara Captain about the link between David Bowie and the Pre-Raphaelites, a movement that broke[...]
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