Rathfarnham Castle is a 16th-century fortified house in Rathfarnham, South Dublin, Ireland.Use our Dublin tour planner to add Rathfarnham Castle and other attractions to your Dublin vacation plans.
The earlier Irish castle was replaced by the present building built on lands confiscated from the Eustace family of Baltinglass because of their involvement in the Second Desmond Rebellion. The family were Irish-speaking and epitomized the fusion of Gaelic & Norman traditions that defines early modern Irish identity as described in the phrase More Irish than the Irish themselves. The Geraldines defended the Pale from the Irish clans in the nearby Wicklow Mountains. It is believed the present castle was built around 1583 for Archbishop Adam Loftus. Originally a semi-fortified and battlemented structure it underwent extensive alterations in the 18th century.
The castle consisted of a square building four stories high with a projecting tower at each corner, the walls of which were an average of 5ft thick. On the ground level are two vaulted apartments divided by a wall nearly 10ft thick which rises to the full height of the castle. On a level with the entrance hall are the 18th century reception rooms and above this floor the former ballroom, later converted into a chapel.
Rathfarnham was described as a "waste village" when Loftus bought it. His new castle was not long built when in 1600 it had to withstand an attack by the Wicklow clans during the Nine Years' War.
Rathfarnham Castle Reviews
A visit to Rathfarnham Castle is a step back into history. The staff are very friendly, helpful and so well informed. There are guided tours as well as self guided tours. Each room is filled with hist... more »
This castle is in part renovated but a lot of work remains to be done,Howe ever it's well worth a visit because of it's facinating history,it also has wonderful grounds and a cafe to enjoy. Tours are ... more »
A very pleasant walk and grounds. Not a huge amount to do although the do have an occasional show or event on there which always seems to be very well organised. There is a well kept playground for the children. Overall the grounds are very well kept and very clean. There are ducks in the pond which is a big winner. There is parking alongside which is fine unless it’s a particularly nice day which could mean parking a bit further away, but only a few minutes walk.
Plenty of open space to get close to Nature. Kiddies playground. Good coffee in Castle's cafe./ Easy parking and gd access for wheelchairs /Restrooms etc. Self/or Guided tours of the castle.
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