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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  • August 16, 2017
    Stopped here for lunch today and was very pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly, helpful and professional. The food was simple but tasty and good value. Great coffee. Lovely views over th...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    An absolute must if you have the time. The tour is wonderful, the grounds immaculate and they even make a half decent coffee. Out the back is an organic garden, and the gardener is lovely to stop and ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Drive, cycle or walk to Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park in Dublin for a most enjoyable experience. If you drve there's plenty of parking. Once there you can have a wonderful walk around the grounds, inc...  more »
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  • May 16, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Always host fantastic family days. Great artisan food available. The house is well worth a tour for the art and sculpture alone.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Great place for picnic and time with all family. Beautiful green space.
  • July 1, 2017
    Stunning scenery and Farmleigh House amazing and staff so friendly and helpful. Thankyou so much.

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