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

Jul 6 @ 9:30 am – Aug 26 @ 5:15 pm
9:30 am
An exhibition of paintings by Jane Rainey, with the landscape as a departure point, depicting a post-apocalyptic habitat where systems have collapsed and balance on a fine line between chaos and structure. Open daily 6th[...]
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Aug 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Join us for this special Heritage Week tour which weather permitting, will focus on the exterior features of Rathfarnham Castle and reveal what they tell us about the building’s history. Admission free.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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7:30 pm
Join us for a very special Heritage Week talk by Dr. Penny Johnston on the plant remains found here during recent archaeological excavations and what this evidence tells us about life at Rathfarnham Castle hundreds[...]
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2:00 pm
Rathfarnham Castle Rathfarnham Co. Dublin Ireland. Painting Join us for this special Heritage Week talk and mini-tour focused on three particularly colourful generations of the Loftus family. Admission free.
Rathfarnham Castle
2:00 pm
Rathfarnham Castle Rathfarnham Co. Dublin Ireland. Painting Join us for this special Heritage Week tour of the Castle’s Art Collection which includes fine landscapes and portraits by Angelika Kauffman, Sir Peter Lely and Hugh Douglas[...]
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