Find Rathfarnham Castle
The Castle is easily accessible from both Dublin City Centre (only 7km) and the M50. Once in the local area, the Castle is accessed from Rathfarnham bypass, between Rathfarnham Road and Grange Road (near Rathfarnham village). There is parking for both cars and coaches on site.
By Public Transport
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.
If travelling from a different starting point within Dublin, Hit The Road is an excellent website that provides a joined-up travel solution that uses your phone’s GPS, with live information from Dublin Bus, Luas, and DART services.
The Castle provides access for visitors who require universal access.
In the Pay and Display car park, there is designated parking available. Wheelchair ramps provide full access to the Tearooms and Castle. There are accessible toilets available, as well as a lift inside the Castle.
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.
A playground managed by South Dublin County Council is in the grounds of the Castle.
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These exciting attractions are all just a short distance from Rathfarnham Castle.
Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park
Former school run by Patrick Pearse, now a museum in beautiful grounds.
Marlay Park and House
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
Thirty-eight-acre working farm, gardens, café, and heritage experience.
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.