Farmleigh House and Estate

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Farmleigh House and Estate
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens • Government Buildings
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
A former historic home of the Guinness family, Farmleigh House now provides premiere accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation.
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1-2 hours
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keanmc
1 contribution
Daylight robbery
Feb 2021
we were ripped off in the Boathouse cafe. They charged us 5.50 euro for an average slice of lemon drizzle cake. The slice of cake, apart from being shockingly priced, was wrapped in cling film which stuck to the top of the cake, ruining the whole thing. My americano coffee was so weak, it was like drinking boiling water. I would have returned it but for the fact that we had walked a good way away. I certainly will not being returning to the boathouse cafe any time soon. Bring your own coffee and cake and enjoy Farmleigh grounds.
Written 25 February 2021
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,883 contributions
Another lunchtime walk
Nov 2020 • Solo
Another lunchtime walk in Farmleigh today.
It’s a great break to drive over park the motor and walk around, I vary the route on different days. An quiet oasis near work.
Written 6 November 2020
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Jonathan L
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Negative
Oct 2020 • Couples
Don't be fooled by signs for visitor parking which indicates spaces to park bicycles. These do not exist. Furthermore, the email address given on their website, and here on trip advisor is defunct and any emails you send will go unanswered.
Written 11 October 2020
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,883 contributions
Visit to Farmleigh
May 2020 • Couples
Lately during the lockdown, we are walking every day and have visited the Phoenix Park a few times. Today we parked in Castleknock and walked into the park as far as the Chesterfield crossroads and decided to walk into Farmleigh. When we got to the gate it was closed. Disappointed that you can’t walk in the grounds.
It’s my favourite area in the park. Will be back.
Written 7 May 2020
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,883 contributions
Lunchtime in Farmleigh
Dec 2019 • Solo
I work on the Navan Road and often go to farm for a walk at lunchtime. It’s close by and much to see and do here.
They have done a beautiful job in decorations fo Christmas. It looks fabulous.
Our tax money is well spent here.
A great place for locals and tourists.
Written 16 December 2019
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Hi motorcar1 Delighted that you are able to take your lunchtime walk in such beautiful surroundings! Thank you for your seasonal endorsement of our 2019 Christmas Decorations and of course Farmleigh Gardens and Estate. You are right about there being much to see and do at Farmleigh, from a tour of the house to taking in the latest exhibition in the Gallery or Cowshed Theatre, not to mention enjoying a coffee on the decking overlooking the lake at the Boathouse Café. Thank you for taking the time out to write such a lovely review. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas !
Written 23 December 2019
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MsIreland2
Dublin, Ireland205 contributions
Beautiful setting
Sep 2019
I attend Farmleigh for an event, it is a beautiful setting and well worth a visit. Coming up to Christmas there is farmers market and also the Christmas lights are up. All the foreign dignitaries stay here on official trips to Ireland.
Written 27 October 2019
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Hi MsIreland2 Thank you for taking time out to post a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and had time to appreciate Farmleigh House and its beautiful setting. As you say Christmas at Farmleigh is very special! , full details of our Christmas festivities and indeed other upcoming cultural and musical events are listed on the Farmleigh website.
Written 1 November 2019
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Charlieboy55
Dublin, Ireland181 contributions
A pleasant retreat from noise and bustle
Oct 2019
As I live quite close to Farmleigh, I regularly walk around the grounds during the morning. It has a small lake, where you can feed the ducks from a café by the water's edge, a walled garden (which latterly has been in poor shape), an ornamental garden and a fine long avenue lined by tall trees. The place is especially magical in spring and autumn.

The house, which is very average by Irish 'big house' standards, is worth a visit. Some years ago, the public was allowed to enter by the hall door and wander around. This was stopped and free organised tours were started. From this year, the tours have to be paid for - €8 for an adult. Although the house is large, only very few of the rooms are open to the public. There is a fine ballroom, where concerts are held from time to time. The conservatory, which is beside the ballroom, has been restored recently.

Overall, a fine place to visit, though the grounds are not in such good condtion as they used to be some years ago.
Written 15 October 2019
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HI Charliesboy55 As a regular visitor we really appreciate your taking time out to review Farmleigh House and grounds, the estate is particularly magical in Autumn, when the grounds are ablaze with colour! We are glad you feel a tour of the house is worthwhile. It has a warm unique charm, reflecting the elegance of a bygone era whilst being perfectly poised to accommodate Guests of the Nation. There are free guided tours on the FIRST Wednesday of every month, tickets are issued on a first come, first serve basis from the Motorhouse in the courtyard. Be sure to keep an eye out for forthcoming cultural events including Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival and of course Farmleigh Christmas events. Details of upcoming Farmleigh events are located under the heading “What’s on “ on our website.
Written 1 November 2019
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Alkaso
London59 contributions
Excellent tour
Oct 2019 • Couples
Thank you to Ian for the excellent informative tour of Farmleigh today. He was so knowledgeable about the history of the house and also of its stunning contents. Great to see the return of the four restored tapestries. Also to see the beautiful Orpen painting of Mary Guinness and her daughter with original cartoon and the actual dress in the Boudoir. Strongly recommend this house and thank you to all staffing this lovely estate.
Written 10 October 2019
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Hi Alkaso, We are delighted you enjoyed your “excellent informative” tour with Ian. Ian has a thorough knowledge of the house and its artefacts and a wonderful way of imparting this information to visitors. The recently restored Flemish tapestries are a source of delight to all at Farmleigh and it is an absolute pleasure to share their artistry and provenance with tour groups. We really appreciate your “strong “recommendation to visit Farmleigh House and gardens, and have passed on your compliments to Ian and the estate staff.
Written 11 October 2019
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Lolly C
Downingtown, PA54 contributions
Very enjoyable tour!
Sep 2019
Farmleigh house is a lovely mansion and the guided tour is so interesting. As this is off the beaten path, there were only three of us on the tour of this hidden gem. We took a taxi there and back.
Written 26 September 2019
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HI lollypsu We are delighted you found the guided tour so interesting, we really appreciate it when someone takes time out to let us know we are on the right track! While Farmleigh is not serviced by a direct bus link, the 37 bus stops at the Castleknock gate into the Phoenix Park, and the walk up to Farmleigh from there takes approximately 20 minutes. There is a public car park on site. Farmleigh grounds are a riot of colour this Autumn, with magnolias blossoms vying for attention with the russet and golden hues of surrounding foliage. Well worth a visit at this time of year !
Written 27 September 2019
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Sue J
Dublin, Ireland110 contributions
Take me to the Boathouse!
Jul 2019
Farmleigh is a beautiful place to take a walk around. It is the perfect setting for special occasions such as India Day and is the place where visiting dignitaries stay while in Ireland. However, the highlight for me is the Boathouse Cafe!! Good coffee, great brunch - the perfect finale to a long walk through the Park!
Written 4 September 2019
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Hi SueJ264 We couldn’t agree more ! Farmleigh Gardens are the perfect place to take a walk in any season and the grounds offer the perfect backdrop and opportunity to experience the art, music and dance of different cultures throughout the year. We have passed your compliments on to the Boathouse Café! Thank you for taking time out to review Farmleigh
Written 9 September 2019
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