Address: Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Telephone No.: +353 1 493 9462
Open All Year
Wednesday to Sunday inclusive
9.30am - 5.30pm
Last admission - 4.45pm
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 - Friday. 10.00 - 17.00 Saturdays and Sundays.
Summer opening hours: 09.30 - 17.00 Daily
Seating capacity: 50
Telephone: + 353 1 493 9461
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
Seasonal Events: Occasional exhibitions and concerts
Photography/Video allowed: No