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 – Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm
10:30 am
Exhibition: Variations on Form 18th February – 8th April 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 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
2:00 pm
Rathfarnham Castle,Dublin City, Dublin,Ireland.Watercolours by George Holmes. Front & back View. Join Rebecca Jeffares for a fascinating talk on the history of the Rathfarnham Castle Demesne. The talk will be followed by a short walk[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
7:30 pm
Maeve Brennan’s Long Gaze Back: a talk on Maeve Brennan, the Dublin-born author and journalist by her biographer Angela Bourke. Admission FREE. Booking essential. Call 01 493 9462 or email rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie
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