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.

Summer Opening Arrangements

From late April to late September, Rathfarnham Castle is open daily 09.30am – 5.30pm. Last admissions 4.45pm.

Winter Opening Arrangements

From late September to late April, Rathfarnham Castle is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm.

 

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Look for the star symbol throughout the website to check out some interesting facts about the history of Rathfarnham Castle!

What’s On

2.00pm
We’ve all heard of people bringing teabags on holiday abroad or know people who are not themselves until their first coffee of the day. These two beverages are so part and parcel of our daily[...]
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2.00pm
A talk on the life and career of Adam Loftus (d.1605) who commissioned Rathfarnham Castle as a private residence in 1583. The talk will cover his origins in Yorkshire, his arrival to Ireland in 1560[...]
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7.30pm
James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses was published 100 years ago in 1922. To mark this centenary celebration South Dublin Libraries and the Red Line Festival present readings of Ulysses by acclaimed actor Barry McGovern. Barry McGovern[...]
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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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