Farney Castle
Farney Castle
4.5
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
About
Historic Farney Castle, built in 1495, is close to two famous heritage sites, Holycross Abbey and The Rock of Cashel and taking in these three sites is an ideal day tour for anyone interested in heritage and authentic Ireland. If you want to discover real Irish culture, craft, music and hospitality, visit the Cullen Family at Farney Castle. Farney Castle is the family home of Cyril and Margie Cullen and their four daughters, The Cullen Harpers. Cyril Cullen is a renowned Irish designer/maker who celebrated his 50th year in business recently. He has designed knitwear for some of the world's best dressed women including the Astaire Family and Cyril is one of the few remaining parian porcelain manufacturers in the country. Cyril and his family design and produce the handmade Knitwear and Porcelain creations at the converted workshops and studios in the old courtyard of Farney Castle. Cyril's designs can be purchased in the old kitchen of the castle itself . Visitors to Farney Castle, which features in 'The Michelin guide', enjoy a unique medieval shopping experience. Cyril & Margie love to welcome visitors to their home and tours of the castle are given daily. Among the treasures one will see on the tour, are two rare 18th century harps which are part of Cyril and Margie's vast and quirky collection of art, design, craft and curiosities. Farney Castle estate is home to an extremely rare Cornish Elm tree which measures 34 metres high, making it the tallest elm tree in Ireland. Elm trees are nearly extinct due to Dutch Elm disease. The visitor's book at Farney Castle is testimony to the delightful experience enjoyed. To quote 'Ireland of the Welcomes' magazine, “As we leave we make a silent wish that we may carry something of the magic of Farney Castle with us wherever we go.”
Duration: 1-2 hours
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jane
Leicestershire, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Came across this magical place completely by accident, what a find! Stunning building set in beautiful grounds, given a ground floor tour by the resident potter who also showed us the process used to make the beautiful porcelain items created on site. Absolutely recommend calling in if you’re out this way.
Written 7 June 2023
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AuggieDaddy
Los Angeles, CA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Such a unique historic house worth a visit. We only stopped to have a coffee and ended up touring with Cyril Cullen, the legendary fashion designer who with his late wife, has owned this place for decades. The history is interesting but it’s Mr. Cullen who is in his early 90’s, who provides the story of his life here illustrated by momentos, art and stories of his wife and four girls who made this place a home for many years. Cullen is fascinating and articulate as he walked us from room to room. The ground floor is a showroom of his very sweet porcelain figures which are made on site. His woolen sweaters are legendary and have been since the 60’s when they were sold as high fashion at Bergdorfs. The castle itself has a rich history, and is very ‘lived in’ with its share of wear and tear. It all defies description, but we left feeling like we had experienced a very personal visit with a little piece of living Irish history.
Written 6 May 2023
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wbaun21
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Phenomenal! We have done several tours, but this one stood out. Paul was an amazing host, knowledgeable, and funny. The castle has a lot of history and unique features. A must see!
Written 7 April 2023
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Sweetchillidub
Baltinglass, Ireland38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We searched for things to do in Tipperary and came across Farney Castle so we went there with no expectations whatsoever. First thing we saw was this enchanted looking castle with a garden that went with the look of the castle.
We followed the signs for the entrance and were received by a lovely lady.
We had our little rescue with us (she is better behaved than a lot of people) and she let us bring her in (not uncommon in Ireland for most places to be pet friendly). Our first surprise was the shop with all handmade ceramics and woollen items.
It turned out the lady that received us was the owner and she showed us all the details of the ceramics, who made them, the history and symbology of the different designs and objects.
They are so beautiful and you get so involved in the history of the castle and the uniqueness of the pieces that you cannot leave the shop without something to remind you of the visit to the castle.
We also got to do the tour of the castle. It has some history and not always do you get to see a castle that is actually inhabited by its owners and for the owners to be the tour guides.
There is something enthralling about the castle, the experience, the owners and both my husband and I left with a feeling we had stepped back in time and it totally changed the rest of our day.
I would definitely recommend for anybody in the area to visit the castle.
Written 6 March 2020
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Salmixie
Letterkenny, Ireland16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Only drove up here to get some photos of the exterior, to add to my ever growing collection of Castle photos, I was not disappointed at all, did ask permission and the owners were very nice indeed.
Written 4 March 2020
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soonertoad
Norman, OK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Farney Castle is beautiful and fascinating, but the owners are the real gems. The Cullens have filled their castle with a lifetime of of antiques and treasures. Along with the history of the castle itself, Cyril Cullen displays his own art and the antiques he has accumulated . This is a tour of great stories told by genuinely nice people. I recommend it highly.
Written 8 July 2019
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PeigRos
Tipperary, Ireland157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
My friends from the USA wanted to go to Blarney Castle in Co Cork. I told them I had a gem of a castle to visit...UNIQUE with a personal touch.
Cyril and Marge give a warm welcome, a great tour of historical and personal note. If you are in the Tipperary area don't pass it by..you won't be disappointed..my friends weren't !
Written 14 April 2019
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Paula
Condom, France87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Bought the sweater I'd been looking for and spent some time talking to the Cullens. What a lovely place and story of the castle.
Written 22 March 2019
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CRRG_Dublin
Dublin, Ireland132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
A beautiful castle in a stunning, peaceful setting. The owner, Cyril Cullen is a famous knitwear designer and also handcrafts his own porcelain range. The porcelain is for sale in their shop in the castle. We were warmly greeted by Cyril and his wife and given a tour of part of the castle (€6.00 p/p). He has an interesting and wide-ranging collection of art and artefacts from Ireland and all over the world. Well worth a visit.
Written 27 August 2018
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drjh2018
Norman, OK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Business
We took a group of American college students to Farney Castle in the summer of 2018 and they absolutely loved it. Admission at that time was 6 Euro (and there was no tea room at that time). The castle is full of history and Cyril knows all of it and is a most entertaining storyteller. Over the years, he and his darling wife Margie have collected amazing treasures from all over the world. You could probably go back to Farney a million times and not hear half of the Cullen's incredible stories. They are absolutely delightful people who welcome you into their home and then let you travel across time and across cultures with the stories of their home and the things in it. I can't wait to go back.
I do not know if very young children would enjoy the tour, but the Cullen's young grandchildren certainly enjoyed the house and its grounds!
Also, Cyril's ceramics are beautiful and make lovely gifts.
Written 7 June 2018
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