Farmleigh House and Estate, Dublin

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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.HistoryFarmleigh 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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  • We spent a very pleasant afternoon in scenic Farmleigh. There is ample parking available for cars. We visited the "Boathouse" cafe for coffee and refreshments, which was quite busy, food was delicious...  more »
  • We did the 11:15 am tour . The guide was excellent . This was about my 5th time doing tour but it was the most informative. Thanks to Don . He had a lovely personality. Very welcoming and full of enth...  more »
  • Beautiful buildings dated 1881 and grounds inside the Phoenix Park. Tours, tea rooms and toilets all located on site.  more »
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  • Great for a the family. Beautiful grounds with space for kids to run and play. There a picnic benches as well as a cafe. Raleigh has events year round, like farmers markets, Africa Day, Experience Japan, exhibitions etc There are formal parts of the garden,a pond, vegetable patches and beautiful flower displays. You can also do a guided tour of the house.
  • Always host fantastic family days. Great artisan food available. The house is well worth a tour for the art and sculpture alone.
  • Farmleigh house and gardens beautiful day out . farmers market delicious food.and crafts .plants.tea coffee etc.entertainment free .great day out.i have been there many times.
  • Great place for picnic and time with all family. Beautiful green space.
  • Stunning scenery and Farmleigh House amazing and staff so friendly and helpful. Thankyou so much.

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