Farmleigh House and Estate
IMPORTANT NOTE: 1st January - 30th June 2013. Farmleigh will be closed for the 6 months duration of the EU Presidency, and there will be no guided tours available to the public. There will be limited access to the grounds during this period with restrictions imposed when necessary. Please see www.farmleigh.ie for updates.
House Tours: January - December: Wed - Sun and Bank Holidays 10.00 - 17.00 ( with tours running at 11.00, 13.00, and 15.00 from January to March 17th)
Last tour of the House is at 16.15
The Estate is open to the public all year round, 7 days a week, 10.00 - 18.00
Last admission through the Front Gate is 16.30
Boat House Cafe open 7 days a week.
Last admission through the gate is at 16.30. Please note that all opening arrangements are subject to cancellation if the house is required for official Government use. Please telephone ahead or visit our website to avoid disappointment.
Average Length of Visit: 1 - 3 hours.
Toilets, Design,Visual Art and Craft Gallery, Limited Car Parking, universal access to House.
Restaurant/Tearooms: Motorhouse Café, Boathouse Restaurant,
Seating Capacity: 60 - 70
Farmleigh is an estate of 78 acres situated to the north-west of Dublin's Phoenix Park, It was purchased by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the Government in June 1999 and developed in order to provide accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, for high level Government meetings and for enjoyment by the public. Farmleigh remains a unique representation of its heyday, the Edwardian period, when wealthy industrialists had replaced landowners as the builders of large mansions in Ireland. Their tastes were eclectic, mising a variety of architectural styles and decors. Edward Cecil Guinness first Earl of Iveagh, the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, built Farmleigh around a smaller Georgian house in the 1880's. Many of the artworks and furnishings he collected for Farmleigh remain in the house on loan from the Guinness family to the State. The Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings and manuscripts is held in the Library. The extensive pleasure grounds are a wonderful collection of Victorian and Edwardian ornamental features with walled and sunken gardens, scenic lakeside walks and a range of plants that provide both visual and horticultural interest throughout the seasons. The Estate also boasts a working farm with a herd of Kerry Black cows. Farmleigh is managed by Facilities Management Services at the Office of Public Works.
Location: 5km from Centre of Dublin, in the Phoenix Park.
Bus Route(s): Take the number 37 bus from Hawkins Street to the Castleknock Gate. Enter the park and take the pedestrian pathway to your right. The House is a fifteen-minute walk from the Castleknock Gate.
Guided Tours: Access to house by guided tour only.
Maximum number: 25
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Pre Booked guided tours of the house can be arranged for Thursdays and Fridays only, please contact Farmleigh reception at 8155900 for further details.
Leaflet/Guide book: English
Seasonal Events: Summer Cultural Programme July - October
Christmas Programme: December
Spring Cultural Programme: April - June
See Farmleigh website for full details.
Photography / Video allowed: Not allowed in the House or the Gallery. No commercial Photography/Video allowed in House or Grounds.
Additional Information: The Library is open for use by scholars and special tours can be arranged by appointment with the Librarian. please contact the Librarian on 01 8155908 for further details.