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

May 6 @ 9:30 am – May 30 @ 4:45 pm
9:30 am
A main show of PhotoIreland Festival 2019, The Invention of Memory takes the relationship between memory and identity as the departure point for this conversation, meandering across works of Irish and international lens-based artists, presented[...]
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7:30 pm
After the political and military upheavals that caused such terrible disruption to life and society in 17th-century Ireland a more peaceful period reigned – one that allowed the growth of a vibrant musical life in[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
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