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[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
7:30 pm
‘The First 100 Years’ is a concert that reflects on the founding of the Irish State. in 1919 the first Dáil convened in Dublin and the first Democratic Programme for Government was devised. During the[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Nov 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
  A special guided tour of Rathfarnham Castle’s newly preserved original kitchens, exploring their use from the 16th to 18th centuries. Also, with the aid of photographs, a look at the artefacts found in the[...]
Rathfarnham Castle