Farmleigh House and Estate
Farmleigh House and Estate
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens • Government Buildings
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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
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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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Jeff B
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Boathouse Restaurant on the Family Estate
Dreadful service , waited near half an hour for a meal we ordered and my second inquiry at the cash desk as to why it took so long I was told it was in the oven and did I want it taken from the oven then!!!! After this sarcastic reply I requested my money back.

Suggest they treat people with better respect
Written 24 September 2022
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Denis F
Montreal, Canada107 contributions
Guided tour was very interesting, it added a lot to the visit. You cannot visit the house without being in a guided tour. The house is beautiful, some rooms are breathtaking. Personnel was very nice and friendly. The main negative side is that, if you don’t have a car, you must walk a very long time to go there. Public transport is not easy, and taxis will not pick you up there (we waited over 1 hour at the gate after calling one, and they never came).
Written 24 August 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,575 contributions
Solo
I enjoyed a fantastic tour of Farmleigh House recently, a beautiful place, broght alive by a brilliant guide.
The gardens are beautiful, particularly the Sunken Garden and Walled Garden and the Farmleigh Estate has some beautiful walks, particularly by the lake and along the Beech path.
However, if you are coming to Farmleigh, I cannot recommend a tour of the house strongly enough.
It is run brilliantly by the OPW and the house can be seen by guided tour only. They go hourly and last about 50 minutes. I was lucky enough to be rhe only one there on my visit so I had the olace and the guide all to myself! I was doubly fortunate to have a guide called Denise who was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Farmleigh and really brought the place alive with stories of the Guinness family, the house and its history, the famous heads if state who have stayed here and the various artworks and furnishings in the house.
The tour starts at the front door and you see the grand entrance hall and the ornate dining room with period tapestries. You will also be brought to the ballroom complete with its original floor and the fantastic conservatory added to the house around the turn of the 20th century.
Upstairs you will see the snooker room, boudoir and one of the state bedrooms.
The highlight for me was the beautiful library. It has first editions of James Joyces Ulysses and Johnathan Swifts Gullivers Travels from 1726 I think. The libraraian, Nuala I think her name might have been, went beyond the call and actually fetched these absolute gems down from the shelves to show me. I cannot believe I saw original first editions, immaculately kept by the way, at such close quarters. I will never forget that moment to be honest.
Anyway, an absolutely captivating tour even before the library moment! I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a museum or tour as much. Thanks OPW and thanks Denise!
Written 20 August 2022
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Damsters1971
Swords, Ireland10 contributions
Had a super trip here, with my wife and two teenage kids. Loved the grounds and a super tour guide for the Tour of the House in Denise who just made it more enjoyable with her very natural and outgoing way of telling the history of the building.

We will go back again😁👍
Written 29 July 2022
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,995 contributions
Couples
I had a day off to day and after lunch decided to go for a walk. Decided to go to Farmleigh and see it in its Spring splendour .
It was magnificent and the smells of the flowers and plants in the walled garden were amazing. The whole estate is a credit to the OPW who do a fabulous job of maintaining and improving Farmleigh
Written 29 March 2022
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Niamh K
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We recently had two groups visit Farmleigh for a visit, and both times Niall was our guide. Niall met us very punctually at the allotted time of 2pm outside in the courtyard. We entered via the main door of the house and first impression is pure grandeur. From the start you could tell Niall was very knowledgeable on Farmleigh itself but also on other topics that came up in discussion and was willing to answer questions along the course of his tour. He took us to the library and introduced us to the librarian. Nuala showed us books which she already had out and ready for us from the Dun Emer Press and Cuala Press. Nuala also showed us one of the books that was beautifully bound. Niall let us stay in the library longer than we were meant to be there which we really appreciated! Farmleigh was a very beautiful place, with great examples of architecture and design. Niall was well presented, friendly and knowledgeable. I would certainly recommend Farmleigh because of Niall's tour.
Written 10 January 2022
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,995 contributions
Couples
This is my first visit to Farmleigh in months and my first after dark. Christmas is magical at Farmleigh but after dark it’s even better. Check out my photos and make your mind up. The house looked incredible. And remember it’s Free too.
Written 28 December 2021
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keanmc
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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, Ireland7,995 contributions
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
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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