Plan a Visit

Opening Hours

May – September inclusive
Open daily
9.30am -5.30pm
Last admissions 4.45pm

October – April inclusive
Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
10.30am – 5.00pm
Last admissions 4.15pm


The castle can be accessed from Rathfarnham by-pass, between Rathfarnham Road and Grange Road (near Rathfarnham Village).


Buses serving the area are numbers 16 from City Centre, 17 (Blackrock – Rialto), and 75 (Dun Laoghaire – Tallaght). Check the Dublin Bus website for up to date schedules.
There is parking for both cars and coaches on site.

Rathfarnham Castle

Rathfarnham Castle

Drag the yellow figure to the red pin to explore the site at streetview level.


A playground managed by South Dublin County Council is in the grounds of the Castle.

Stuart and Chambers Tearooms open all year round, seven days a week, and serve hot drinks and light lunches. For bookings or inquiries please telephone 01 493 9461.

The Castle provides access for visitors with disabilities. In the Pay and Display car park, there is designated parking available. Wheelchair ramps provide full access to the tearooms and Castle. There are special needs toilets available, as well as a lift in the Castle.


Tours are available at the Castle throughout the day, both guided and self-guided. Groups of more than ten should contact us to book in advance.


The average length of a visit is one hour.

Photography / Video

Photography is permitted. For commercial photography please contact us.


Adults €5
Senior/Group €4
Child/Student €3
Family €13

Holders of the Heritage Card gain free admission. The first Wednesday of every month is free for everyone. School groups are also entitled to free entry.


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Did you know...

… that Rathfarnham Castle was opened to the public in a previous life? In the late eighteenth century, Henry Loftus allowed members of the gentry to visit the marvellous house and grounds, and had special silver coin tickets minted which read ‘This Ticket admits four persons to see Rathfarnham on Tuesdays only’. One of these tokens still survives in a private collection.

Also in the Area

Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park

Distance: 1.9km.

Former school run by Patrick Pearse, now a museum in beautiful grounds.

Marlay Park and House

Distance: 2.3km.

Three-hundred-acre park containing a Georgian house and walled garden. The courtyard of the manor contains a number of craft workshops.

Airfield House, Farm, and Gardens

Distance: 4.1km.

Thirty-eight-acre working farm, gardens, café, and heritage experience.

Dodder Valley Park

Distance: 2.3km.

A scenic park, rich in heritage, that runs alongside the River Dodder.


Rathfarnham Village



A heritage walking trail of Rathfarnham, produced by South Dublin Libraries.

Rathfarnham, from the original Ráth Fearnáin, is a historic and picturesque village in south Dublin. There is a number of good local cafés, and lots of opportunities to shop. There is also a wide selection of restaurants and pubs if you are staying later in the evening.

Large festivals and concerts are held in Marlay Park, and there is a market there every weekend.

Only 25 minutes from the city centre, and a gateway in itself to the splendour of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, Rathfarnham village is well worth a visit.

Explore the history of the village of Rathfarnham on the South Dublin History website.

You can also read about the history of the Castle before your visit.

Discover why Rathfarnham Castle is probably the earliest example of a fortified house in Ireland.

Learn More