The original castle at Rathfarnham dates back to the Elizabethan period and was built for Archbishop Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who later became Lord Chancellor of 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 (1741-1807), Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), and Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808). Rathfarnham Castle is managed and operated by the Office of Public Works.
Summer Opening Arrangements
From late April to late September, Rathfarnham Castle is open daily 09.30am – 5.30pm. Last admissions 4.45pm.
Winter Opening Arrangements
From late September to late April, Rathfarnham Castle is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm.