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Review of Farmleigh House and Estate

Farmleigh House and Estate
Ranked #69 of 498 things to do in Dublin
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Formerly the home to members of the Guinness family, the Irish Government now owns it and uses it to provide accommodations for visiting dignitaries and special guests.
Dublin, Ireland
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“class act”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I've visited the house twice to do the tour. it is free, lasts 45 mins and is fascinating. The guide is relaxed and has plenty of information to share. The building has great history and family stories. it is difficult to imagine the wealth of the Guinness family in that era. i learned that a drawing room was really a withdrawing room for women, that queen victoria had an Irish language book and why they have wooden block tiles at the entrance, just like trinity...you'll learn a few facts to bore your mates with...a good use of time and very pleasant...

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Dublin Ireland
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“Nice spot for a walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I work on the Navan Road and regularly go to Farmleigh for a walk at lunchtime. It's so relaxing away from the city noises yet just minutes away from work. The house is beautiful and the tour is a must do. The grounds give you the opportunity to have many different walks and on a hot day you can walk in the shade of the trees.
The Boathouse Cafe operated by Brambles is a great spot for a snack. During the summer they often have markets etc on a Sunday.

Visited November 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Another hidden gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is another somewhat hidden gem in Dublin, as it's deep in the Phoenix Park and not on any public transport route.

I live close to the Phoenix Park so tend to cycle or walk here quite regular. The grounds are gorgeous. There's donkeys, horses and cows all grazing in the farm area and then there are the gardens which are beautiful at any time of the year but particular in the summer when everything is in full bloom.

The Boathouse Café is situated on the pond before the main house and they sell very tasty breakfast, lunches, savoury snacks and giant slices of diabetes inducing cakes and tarts. They also do a pretty good coffee.

The grounds have public water fountains all over which you don't see so much anymore in the city.

The main house is used predominantly for state functions and to house foreign dignitaries. For example the British Queen Elizabeth II stayed here on her official State visit to Ireland a couple of years back.

The house was once owned by the Guinness family and there are free guided tours of the house once it is not currently in use for state visits or events. They commence at a quarter past the hour, every hour.

After years of coming here I did this tour for the first time ever last week and it was thoroughly enjoyable. It's laden in history.

There's a weekly Sunday market in the grounds selling everything from craft jewelry to gourmet breakfast rolls and on occasion events such as the Japanese Culture festival is also held here. At Christmas they have choirs performing within the house itself which is free to attend and immensely festive as you might imagine. Keep an eye out on their website for all manner of info and event schedules. As this this is used primarily for state functions and visits things are not necessarily regular when it comes to timetables so keep any eye on their website which is constantly updated if you are planning a visit.

The best way to get here is by car and they have amble car parking within the grounds. My preferred way to get here is by cycling. You can get a Dublin Bike at the entrance on Parkgate Street or hire a bike just inside the entrance at Parkgate Street. It takes about 20 minutes to cycle from that entrance depending on how fast you want to get there. It's lovely on a sunny day so I tend to take my time getting there.

Visited September 2016
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“Lovely period house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Beautiful house free to visit when not used as a guest house for visiting dignitaries.
House and gardens open to the public for free, and used as a venue for music and family activities.
A treasure to visit any time of the year.

Visited November 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Magical place in a peaceful green park..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Loved this place, surrounded by a gorgeous park. Great to visit both in autumn, for wonderful foliages, and spring (I bet gorgeous colors will spread happily all around then). Very nice to have a walk around with someone or for some alone time on your own to cut away all the eventual stress of daily life. So Peaceful and safe place to enjoy outdoor! I visited the house with my fiancee and we both enjoyed the visit so much! the visits are completely free and the guide has been such a sweet and kind girl to listen and follow around the rooms of this wonderful place. Everything is well mantained and tidy and you will love all details of any room, I bet. There is also a lovely boathouse near where you can enjoy a tea or a coffee, or even have brunch , while you are waiting for the next house tour to start! I highly reccomend visiting this place, especially in a sunny and warm day. You will be mesmerized at the beauty of this little green corner of the country. Enjoy!

Visited November 2016
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