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

May 5 @ 9:30 am – Jun 4 @ 4:45 pm
9:30 am
How to Flatten a Mountain is a residency focused on emerging and mid-career visual artists whose practice in whole or in part, makes use of digital or analogue photographic processes. In 2018, the residency runs[...]
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May 6 @ 4:00 am – 7:00 am
4:00 am
Join us to welcome in the Dawn Chorus and to identify birdsong. This event will proceed rain or shine except in the case of severe weather conditions. Please wear appropriate footwear and warm clothing and[...]
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May 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
2:30 pm
Rathfarnham Castle,Dublin City, Dublin,Ireland.Watercolours by George Holmes. Front & back View. Join Denise Gill (RHSI) for a fascinating illustrated talk on Gardening in the 18th Century. This event is FREE. Booking advisable at 01 493[...]
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3:00 pm
Join Damien Burke of the Irish Jesuit Archives for a fascinating talk on the history of the Jesuits at Rathfarnham Castle. Admission to this event is FREE. Booking advisable at 01 493 9462.
Rathfarnham Castle
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
7:30 pm
To celebrate Bealtaine and the arrival of summer join us for an evening of songs performed by the Firhouse Singers. Admission to this event is FREE. Booking ESSENTIAL at 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie.
Rathfarnham Castle
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
In celebration of National Drawing Day you are invited to draw and sketch in the elegant surroundings of the castle. You can stop off at our art tables too and add your Family Portrait to[...]
Rathfarnham Castle
May 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Rathfarnham Castle Rathfarnham Co. Dublin Ireland. Painting To mark National Drawing Day take a guided tour of Rathfarnham Castle’s art collection. From the 17th century to the 20th, portraits to landscape, these paintings not only[...]
Rathfarnham Castle