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“Great for history buffs, and they do allow photographs”

Farmleigh House and Estate
Ranked #61 of 546 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 1 January 2017

This place was built by Edward Cecil Guinness, in the late 1800's (he is the great-grandson of the founder of the brewery) The building is maintained by the Irish government as a state guest house for visiting dignitaries. Obama stayed there. Many rooms are on display during a guided tour, which lasts about an hour. Great for history buffs! Also, photography is allowed. If you are taking the trouble to go all the way to Phoenix Park, AND if you have about two hours to spare, you ought to see this place. The surroundings of the house are also worth seeing.

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Reviewed 18 December 2016

house absolutely stunning.A person could wander the beautiful gardens all day. the stunning chandelliers and the old fashioned furniture are fabulous and the history of the house is so interesting.

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Reviewed 8 December 2016

We visited Farmleigh Gardens for the Farmers Market and found it expensive the House was closed to the Public we walked around the gardens not much to see here good for a picnic on the lawans

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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...

1  Thank suburbanrob
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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.

2  Thank motorcar1
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