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.
May – September – Open daily – 9:30 – 17:30
October – April – Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mon – 10:30 – 17:00
All visits are self-guiding at present. As the number of people permitted in the building is limited booking is advisable at
01 493 9462 or email@example.com.
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
01 493 9462
- Baby Changing
- Car park
- Changing exhibitions
- Coach parking
- Events Venue
- Assistance dogs only
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Pearse Museum – St. Enda’s Park
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Approx. 4.4 km from Rathfarnham Castle
St Stephen’s Green
A Victorian civic gem in Dublin’s greatest garden square
Approx. 4.9 km from Rathfarnham Castle