The 16th Century Rathfarnham Castle is one of the finest castles in County Dublin and a very popular tourist attraction for all ages. For more information on the castle itself and how to get here read on.
Rathfarnham Castle was built in about 1583 by a Yorkshire clergyman by the name of Adam Loftus – he later became Archbishop of Dublin and subsequently Lord Chancellor of Dublin. It was declared a National Monument in the mid 1980′s. During it’s turbulent past it has received a number of makeovers and is now open to the public.
The guided tour…
A tour of the castle will last about 1 hour or so and guided tours take place from May to October. There’s no entrance fee.
May – October: Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm with the last admission at 4.30pm.
The tearooms are open all year round. May to October 9.30am - 5.30pm and in the Winter 10am to 4pm.
During the guided tour, you can view the fine 18th century interiors by Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The castle offers a unique history of secret tunnels and chilling tales of love and murder. Visitors will also get to see the orginal layers of the castle, that were uncovered during research.
Rathfarnham Castle also hosts regular events such as concerts, exhibitions and activities for younger visitors. All visitors get to enjoy the beautiful gardens that surround the castle as well.
How to get here…
By car – Rathfarmham is located near the by-pass, between Rathfarnham Road and Grange Road.
By bus – Take either the 16, 16A from the city centre, 7, 47A, 47B from Hawkins Street, 17 from Blackrock-Rialto, or 75 Dun Laoghaire-Tallaght.
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