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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  • I have been to Farmleigh estate many times but this was my first tour of the house. It was very informative and well worth doing. Firstly its free and it only takes 40-45 mins. The guide was very pers...  more »
  • A beautiful afternoon out - gorgeous walks and lovely coffee shop - free parking and pets (on leads) welcome. Spring when plants beginning to bloom a beautiful time to visit - a must for all the garde...  more »
  • I love Farmliegh! They have farmers market there, Christmas market during season, there is X-mass carroll singing, there is botanical garden, lovely coffee house over the lake which gets really busy w...  more »
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  • Good place to visit. Easy parking; nice grounds and the house is very interesting if it is open. Coffee shop by the lake can get busy but food is good.
  • Lovely walks and gardens. Free tours of Farmleigh house at quarter past each hour from 1015 to 1615
  • A great place to visit. the park is lovely and the farmers market is definitely worth checking out
  • Maybe the best experience in Dublin, guide was very knowledgeable about history, sculptures and events in past. Tour is free of charge. Beautiful architecture, building history and art is must see.
  • Great park, nice coffee shops and interesting exhibits. The farmers market is also worth a visit!