Rathfarnham Rhythms

Enjoy an eclectic programme of 7 Irish musical acts filmed live at Rathfarnham Castle.

June to September 2021

COVID-19

Rathfarnham Castle is open for self-guided visits.  As we need to limit the number of visitors in the Castle at one time, It is advisable to pre-book your visit by calling 01 493 9462 or emailing rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie. The tearooms are open daily providing limited indoor seating and a takeaway service. Please respect Social Distancing. Please wear a face covering. Please adhere to responsible practice.

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 daily. Admission is free until 31st December. In order to manage social distancing requirements we are limiting the number of people permitted in the building at one time, and so it is advisable to book your visit in advance. 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

Aug 5 @ 8.00pm – 8.45pm
8.00pm
  Leslie Dowdall, one of Ireland’s leading vocalists and singer songwriters first came to prominence with In Tua Nua. With Leslie as lead vocalist, In Tua Nua recorded four albums and played and toured with[...]
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8.00pm
  Helen Hancock (soprano) and Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp) will perform a programme of French songs and lieder as well as two Irish songs. Galway-based Helen is a native of Dublin. Her musical passions centre on[...]
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Sep 9 @ 8.00pm – 8.45pm
8.00pm
  Jem Mitchell is a singer/songwriter from Dublin. Having fronted several indie rock outfits in the late 1980s and early ’90s, Mitchell took a long hiatus from writing and performing to re-emerge in 2013 on[...]
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8.00pm
  Shobsy is a performer/songwriter from Dublin. He is about to embark on a solo career after years as the frontman and lead songwriter of acclaimed Irish band State Lights. The band had a run[...]
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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 Herring Gull

The Birds of Rathfarnham Castle – The Herring Gull

The final bird of the three species that regularly nest on Rathfarnham Castle is the herring gull or the European herring gull as we should properly call it (there is an American herring gull) the quintessential “seagull” and the backdrop to trips to the seaside....

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions Christmastime and traditions go hand in hand. This is despite us not always knowing where these traditions come from or why we follow them. Have a read and find out about which traditions can trace their origins to pre-Christian times and how a...

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