COVID-19

Due to Covid19 restrictions Rathfarnham Castle is closed for tours until further notice.  The tearooms are open providing a takeaway service. Enhanced cleaning regimes have been put in place and visitors to the tearooms are asked to observe all hygiene recommendations. Toilet facilities in the tearoom are open and are for customers only. Children using the toilet 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!

The Rathfarnham Castle Blog

Stay up to date, and enjoy glimpses from behind the scenes at Rathfarnham Castle! Below are the latest entries. Click here for the archive.

The Birds of Rathfarnham Castle

The Birds of Rathfarnham Castle

Perhaps surprisingly, at least three species of birds use Rathfarnham Castle as a nesting site; the feral pigeon, the jackdaw and the herring gull. They do so because in other locations they would choose ledges on sea cliffs or mountainsides to build their nests and...

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A Bird for Halloween – The Raven

A Bird for Halloween – The Raven

Begin, murderer, Pox, leave thy damnable faces and begin! Come, the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge. Hamlet, William Shakespeare If you have ever been to the Tower of London you may have seen or certainly heard about the six or so ravens that are still kept...

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Death Masks

Death Masks

Many of the things we do, such as putting up a tree for Christmas or brides wearing white feel like habits that have always been with us. However, both of these traditions, along with many others, were popularised relatively recently in the nineteenth century. One...

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