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

Sep 7 @ 9:30 am – Sep 30 @ 4:45 am
9:30 am
NagOffsite Project, an exhibition of contemporary works by nagGallery artists exhibited in a traditional historic setting. Artists include Gareth Jenkins, Ian Charlesworth, Jane Proctor, Kohei Nakata, Masashi Suzuki and Roseanne Lynch. Exhibition open daily 9.30am[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 pm
Take this rare opportunity to visit the castle after normal opening hours. Take a guided tour or self-guide and you can check out our temporary exhibition too! The Rockmount Choir will be along to perform[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
10:00 am
Discover the power of meditation and living mindfully. Join Kadam Adam for this meditation workshop and learn how meditation and living mindfully enables us to discover the real source of pain and difficulty. Suitable for[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
10:30 am
Ceramics Ireland Selected Annual Members Exhibition will feature the work of makers from the four corners of the country. A diverse range of ceramic work will be on show including functional, decorative, wall panels and[...]
Rathfarnham Castle