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

Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm
10:30 am
Exhibition: Variations on Form 18th February – 23rd March 2018 Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5.00pm Last admission 4.15pm This exhibition covers 20 years of the work of artist Hester Heuff, highlighting changes occurring in[...]
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Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
7:00 pm
Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin City, Ireland. Ever passed the Triumphal Arch on Dodder Park Road and wondered about it? Well wonder no more! Join us for a free talk on the history of the arch on[...]
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Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
1:30 pm
Rathfarnham Castle Rathfarnham Co. Dublin Ireland. Interior Join Rathfarnham Castle Head Guide, Eoin O’Flynn, for a fascinating talk on life in Rathfarnham Castle as revealed by the 1803 Account Book for the castle. Admission is[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
7:30 pm
Join us for this special evening of Baroque and Irish Music performed by Sonamus. Sonamus are Cormac Breatnach (whistles), Annette Cleary (cello), Rachel Factor (harpsichord) and Eamon Sweeney (baroque guitar). Admission FREE. Booking ESSENTIAL. Call[...]
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