Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin 14

Rathfarnham Castle is located in Dublin 14 (county of Dublin )

Address: Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

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Phone: 01 4939462
E-mail: rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie

A 16th century castle built for Archbishop Adam Loftus which in the 18th century was transformed into a grand Georgian House. It has splendid interiors to the designs of William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The original castle at Rathfarnham dates back to the Elizabethan period and was built for Archbishop Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman, who came to Ireland as chaplain to the Lord Deputy and quickly rose to become Archbishop of Dublin, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and was closely involved in the establishment of Trinity College. The castle with its four flanker towers is an excellent example of the fortified house in Ireland. In the late 18th century, the house was remodelled on a splendid scale employing some of the finest architects of the day including Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The collection includes family portraits by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), and Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808). Please contact in advance of visiting as renovations ongoing.


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