Rathfarnham Castle - Open House Dublin 2024

Rathfarnham Castle

Rathfarnham, Dublin, D14 K3T6

Dates & Times
  • Saturday 14th October:
  • 11am – 12pm
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Sunday 15th October:
  • 11am – 12pm
  • 3pm – 4pm
Tour type
  • Building Tour
Architect

Sir William Chambers and James 'Athenian' Stuart

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.

This tour takes you 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.

This tour is pre-book only. However, visitors who have not secured a place on a guided tour are welcome to self-guide.


Accessibility Information
Rathfarnham Castle is fully accessible to visitors using wheelchairs and visitors with mobility issues. There is a passenger lift to all floors and there are wheelchair accessible toilet facilities in the Castle and in the tearooms. The tearooms are fully accessible. There is ramp access into the Castle.

Wheelchair accessible
Accessible Toilets
Assistance Dogs welcome


Photography Credit
© David Davison

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