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Rathfarnham Castle

An inspiring Elizabethan castle within easy reach of Dublin City Centre

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Rathfarnham Castle

An inspiring Elizabethan castle within easy reach of Dublin City Centre

See all opening times

Limited Access

Castle closed until further notice. Grounds open.
Café takeaway only.

Admission

Free Admission

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

Getting here

Rathfarnham
Dublin 14
D14 K3T6

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Rathfarnham Castle

The castle at Rathfarnham dates back to the Elizabethan period. It was built for Adam Loftus, a Yorkshire clergyman and politician. Loftus was ambitious and eventually rose to become Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Loftus’s castle, with its four flanker towers, is an excellent example of the Elizabethan fortified house in Ireland. In the late eighteenth 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, Sir Peter Lely, and Hugh Douglas Hamilton.

It now hosts a wealth of exhibitions and cultural events.

Opening Times

Open throughout the year

09:30 – 17:30

Seasonal Opening Times

May – September

Daily 09:30 – 17:30

Last admission 16:45

 

October – April

Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
10:30 – 17:00

Last admission 16:15

Contact

Rathfarnham
Dublin 14
D14 K3T6

01 493 9462

Getting Here

Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, D14 K3T6

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Facilities

  • Art
  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Changing exhibitions
  • Coach parking
  • Events Venue
  • Lift
  • Playground
  • Toilets

Restrictions

  • Assistance dogs only

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Rathfarnham Castle. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Rathfarnham Castle.

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