Rathfarnham Castle will re-open on Friday 3rd July at 9.30am. 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  to book your visit. Visitors are asked to observe all social distancing and hygiene recommendations.

From Monday 29th June limited indoor and outdoor seating will be available at the tearooms and toilet facilities in the tearooms will re-open. 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!

What’s On

A More Immortal Atlas @ Rathfarnham Castle
Aug 8 @ 9:30 am – Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm

The OPW is delighted to present A More Immortal Atlas, an exhibition of new work by Orla Whelan. This work explores the relationship between colour and form within the expanded conditions of contemporary painting. It is motivated by an existential anxiety, and by a belief that that abstraction, in all its historical complexity, is a viable means to address metaphysical uncertainties. While Whelan’s practice is rooted in painting, she often uses non-traditional painting materials to refer to the material and tropes of painting. The wooden wedges which have become part of her artistic vocabulary, are a usually unseen element of traditional painting. Using wood veneers on panel, she appropriates the traditional craft of marquetry to make contemporary paintings. The exhibition includes a large floor-based painting developed specifically for Rathfarnham Castle, as well as new large-scale paintings, a modified painting table, a series of small works and an experimental text.

The exhibition is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm with last admissions at 4.45pm. Due to Covid19 restrictions it is advisable to book your visit by calling 01 493 9462 or emailing Admission to the exhibition is FREE.