Rathfarnham Castle - Open House Dublin 2023
Building Tour

Rathfarnham Castle

Rathfarnham, Dublin, D14 K3T6
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 12pm – 1pm |
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm |
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Sunday 16 October:
  • 12pm – 1.30pm |
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm |
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm
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Exterior of three-storey building painted white.There are steps to the front door, flanked by two lions. A. There are trees behind the building and to the right of the Castle.There are green lawns in front of the building and an avenue leads to the front of the building. Ornate ceiling depicting generic Goddess in a circular central panel and putti at each corner depicting the four seasons. The Ballroom. A long room with arched windows in a bow area at the end of the room. There is a polished wooden floor, there are two ornate chandeliers and paintings on either side of the room. Two columns with ornate capitels flank the bow area.

Visit this Elizabethan fortified house commissioned in 1583 by Archbishop-Chancellor of Ireland, Adam Loftus (d. 1605) as his private residence. The design was radically modern for the time, and the building combined defensive features such as the four angled corner towers and a series of gun loops with the comfort and status demanded by the owner.

Extensive re-modelling and redecoration took place in the 18th century under a series of later owners. Most notable are the works commissioned by Henry Loftus (d. 1783) of the renowned architects Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.

The visit proceeds through a series of finely decorated 18th century rooms including the grand and austere Entrance Hall, the splendid 18th century Ballroom, and the ornate Gilt Room and Four Seasons Room. Several rooms display a collection of fine period furniture. There is also a collection of original paintings including landscapes and portraits hung throughout the building.

Booking essential at 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie. Anyone not booked on a tour is welcome to self-guide on both days and admission will be free on both days.

Accessibility Information

There is ramp access to the building and a passenger lift to all floors. All historic rooms are accessible. There are wheelchair accessible toilets in the Castle. The tearoom and tearoom toilets are also wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair accessible, Accessible Toilets, Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit
© Con Brogan




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