Rathfarnham Castle

Rathfarnham Castle

Contact Details


Grange Road
Dublin 14
D14 K3T6

Tel No.: +353 1 493 9462

Email: rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie

Website: www.rathfarnhamcastle.ie


Opening Hours


May - October inclusive
Daily  -10.00 - 17.45
Last admissions 16.45pm

November- April inclusive
Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
09.30am - 17.30

Last Admission 16.15

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Senior/Group: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00.


Toilets, toilets for visitors with disabilities, passenger lift, car/coach park

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

Stuart and Chambers Tearooms
Open all year round
Access for visitors with disabilities

Winter opening hours:
10.30 - 17.00 Monday to Friday
10.00 - 17.00 Saturday and Sunday

Summer opening hours:
09.30 - 17.00 Daily

Seating capacity: 50
Telephone: + 353 1 493 9461

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The original castle at Rathfarnham dates back to the Elizabethan period and was built for Archbishop Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman, who came to Ireland as chaplain to the Lord Deputy and quickly rose to become Archbishop of Dublin, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and was closely involved in the establishment of Trinity College. The castle with its four flanker towers is an excellent example of the fortified house in Ireland and recent excavations at the castle have shed new light on the earlier phases of the castle and its occupants. In the late 18th 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).

Location: Rathfarnham by-pass, between Rathfarnham Road and Grange Road (near Rathfarnham Village)

Bus Routes: 16/15b from City Centre, 17 (Blackrock - Rialto), 75 (Dun Laoghaire - Tallaght)

Guided Tours: Self-guiding. Guided tours available on request.                 
Duration: 1 hour
Groups of 10 or more must pre-book

Leaflet/Guide Book: Leaflet in English and Irish .

Seasonal Events: Occasional exhibitions and concerts

Photography/Video allowed: No