Farmleigh House and Estate, Dublin

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#8 of 56 in Parks in Dublin
Farmleigh is the official Irish State guest house. It was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family. It is situated on an elevated position above the River Liffey to the north-west of the Phoenix Park, in the civil parish of Castleknock. The estate of 78acres consists of extensive private gardens with stands of mature cypress, pine and oak trees, a boating pond, walled garden, sunken garden, out offices and a herd of rare native Kerry cattle. It was purchased by the Government of Ireland from the 4th Earl of Iveagh in 1999 for €29.2 million. A state body—the Office of Public Works (OPW)—spent in the region of €23 million restoring the house, gardens and curvilinear glasshouses, bringing the total cost to the state to €52.2 million. Farmleigh was opened to the public in July 2001.
Farmleigh was once a small Georgian house built in the mid-18th century. It originally belonged to the Coote and then Trench families. Farmleigh Bridge was added to the estate in the 1870s to carry electricity lines from the mill race turbine on the Strawberry Beds to the house.
In 1873 the estate and house was purchased by Edward Guinness when he married his cousin Adelaide Guinness. He was a great-grandson of Arthur Guinness and was created Baron Iveagh in 1891 and Earl of Iveagh in 1919.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • The house is nice if you're in the park already. The tour is very good, but as always with old houses there is only so much you can say. A bit envious of the library.  more »
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  • Really great morning. Don the tour guide was most informative and entertaining, a real gent. The Seamus Murphy bust of The Tailor is great to see, having read so much about putting a new head on an old body. The house is in immaculate condition, and it was a really good tour.
  • This a beautiful place with nice warm people who look after the house. The surrounding space is great for family walks or running or just enjoying the nature. Highly recommend to go !
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