Welcome to Farmleigh

Farmleigh House will be closed for public tours from 1st January to 12th March 2020. For enquiries about group bookings please email farmleighguides@opw.ie.

A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, a working farm, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh House and Estate is open seven days a week. An estate of seventy-eight acres situated to the north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Farmleigh provides accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation. As a historic house, Farmleigh remains a unique representation of its heyday, the Edwardian period, and houses important artworks and furnishings, as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings, and manuscripts which is held in the Library. The extensive pleasure grounds feature walled and sunken gardens, and scenic lakeside walks.

The Estate also boasts a working farm with a herd of Kerry Black cows. Farmleigh is managed by the Office of Public Works. Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a tour of Farmleigh House that takes you from the eighteenth century, when building commenced, right up to the present day.

Access to the House is by guided tour. Tours are available from Monday to Sunday between 10.00 and 17.30 with the last entry at 16.30.

Guided Tour Admissions Charges:
Adult: €8.00
Senior (60+): €6.00
Child (12-17)/Student (ID required): €4.00
Child under 12: Free
Family (Two adults, max five children): €20.00

For enquiries or for group/school bookings (more than 12 people), please call 01 8155914 or email farmleighguides@opw.ie. For more information on tours please click here.

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

 

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Dec
7
Sat
Crowded Thresholds Exhibition @ Farmleigh Gallery
Dec 7 2019 @ 10:00 am – Mar 26 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Crowded Thresholds Exhibition @ Farmleigh Gallery

Crowded Thresholds

7 December 2019 – 25 March 2020

Max Brosi / Joe Caslin / Julie Connellan / Hazel Kenny / Daithi Magner / Paul McClure / Caoimhe McGuckin / John Rainey / Niall Sweeney Brigitta Varadi / Curated by Fiona Mulholland

“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfilment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A thought-provoking exhibition on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery, Crowded Thresholds represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible, visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.

From amputated limb jewellery to wearable measurement systems; ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarfs, to Rorschach inkblot textile hangings; derelict angel houses constructed using found materials, to artefacts that suggest new ways of representing the self – Crowded Thresholds is an intriguing group exhibition of established and emerging practitioners, working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art.

Crowded Thresholds explores effects of the subconscious in the creation and response to objects of material culture. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, the curator is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. Bringing together a disparate set of influences from popular culture to the avantgarde; surrealism to realism; social cultural issues to the body at a microscopic level – the exhibition ultimately embraces our humanity.

Developed by Design & Craft Council of Ireland

Opeing Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am -1pm
2pm – 5pm

Apr
12
Sun
Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Estate
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come visit and experience the ambiance of the Food & Craft Market, which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery.

Come try the delightful treats, award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, and so much more! The market offers its visitors a variety of craft products too.
Markets will take place on:

Sunday 12th AprilMarket

Monday 13th April

Sunday 19th April (Japan Day 2020)

Sunday 10th May

Sunday 5th July

Sunday 2nd August (Plant Fair)

Monday 3rd August

Sunday 16th August (India Day 2020)

Sunday 6th September (Nepal Day 2020)

Sunday 4th October

Sunday 1st November

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th DecemberMarket

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

 

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

Apr
13
Mon
Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Estate
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come visit and experience the ambiance of the Food & Craft Market, which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery.

Come try the delightful treats, award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, and so much more! The market offers its visitors a variety of craft products too.
Markets will take place on:

Sunday 12th AprilMarket

Monday 13th April

Sunday 19th April (Japan Day 2020)

Sunday 10th May

Sunday 5th July

Sunday 2nd August (Plant Fair)

Monday 3rd August

Sunday 16th August (India Day 2020)

Sunday 6th September (Nepal Day 2020)

Sunday 4th October

Sunday 1st November

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th DecemberMarket

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

 

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

Apr
19
Sun
Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Estate
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come visit and experience the ambiance of the Food & Craft Market, which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery.

Come try the delightful treats, award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, and so much more! The market offers its visitors a variety of craft products too.
Markets will take place on:

Sunday 12th AprilMarket

Monday 13th April

Sunday 19th April (Japan Day 2020)

Sunday 10th May

Sunday 5th July

Sunday 2nd August (Plant Fair)

Monday 3rd August

Sunday 16th August (India Day 2020)

Sunday 6th September (Nepal Day 2020)

Sunday 4th October

Sunday 1st November

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th DecemberMarket

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

 

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

Experience Japan Day @ Farmleigh Estate
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come to Farmleigh House and Gardens for our annual festival celebrating Japanese and Japanese-Irish culture.  Enjoy Japanese music, dance, food, martial arts demonstrations, poetry and crafts.

Experience Japan is a series of events designed to celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese community in Ireland. Our events promote integration and cultural understanding between all communities.The centrepiece of Experience Japan is a ‘Hanami’ festival day where families and friends come together to enjoy free music and dance performances, along with demonstrations of Japanese culture. ‘Hanami’ is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring.

Sunday, 19th April 2020
Farmleigh Estate
Free Admission

festival      Japan Day

 

May
10
Sun
Daniel O’Neill: Romanticism and Friendships @ Farmleigh Gallery
May 10 @ 10:00 am – Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm

Daniel O’Neill: Romanticism and Friendships

10 May 2020 – 24 July 2020

To mark the centenary of the artist Daniel O’Neill’s birth, the Office of Public Works (OPW) are presenting a retrospective of his work at the Farmleigh Gallery opening in May 2020. The exhibition is being curated by art historian Karen Reihill with the majority of the works being borrowed from private collections, many unseen in public in over 50 years, as well as paintings from the collections of IMMA, University of Limerick and the Ulster Museum.

This exhibition will be Daniel O’Neill’s first retrospective since 1952 which was held at the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery (Ulster Museum) which then recorded a record attendance for the time. It is hoped that this exhibition will be an opportunity for the public to reexamine the life and work of this artist, who was highly regarded by the critics in the post war years and whose works were in popular demand until his death in 1974.

Born in Belfast, O’Neill had little orthodox training except for a few classes at the College of Art, Belfast. He started painting with watercolours at the age of fifteen and when possible spent all his spare time in the Belfast Reference Library studying the Italian renaissance painters. Working as an electrical engineer in the Belfast Corporation Transport Department, he worked on the night shift so he could paint during the day. This continued for over five years until he was taken up by the Dublin dealer, Victor Waddington, in 1945 where several one man shows followed. In 1948 he spent six months in France, mostly staying in Paris, where he was given the opportunity to study the painters he admired, such as Watteau, Rouault, Vlaminck, Utrillo and the Impressionists. During the late 1940’s/1950’s Daniel O’Neill was selected to participate in over twenty overseas exhibitions of Irish Art that toured Britian, Europe and the USA. Many of these exhibitions were sponsored by the Irish Department of External Affairs and they were intended to showcase the very best of Irish art abroad.

Self on Western Shore by Daniel O'Neill

Self on Western Shore by Daniel O’Neill

O’Neill moved to London in 1958 to start a new life. His paintings were then mainly sent to The Waddington Galleries in Montreal where he gained a new International market. His work was also shown at The Dawson Gallery in Dublin up until 1963 where it continued to be in demand but after that date his work was not seen in Dublin for another eight years which caused his work, and name, to fade in to the background. Throughout this period O’Neill struggled with personal problems. However an opportunity arose on a visit home when he was persuaded to return to Belfast and hold an exhibition there which opened in 1970. After an eighteen year absence from exhibiting in his native city critics expressed surprise at the new bright strong colours which was a move away from the sombre romantic style they had last seen in the 1950’s. Following this successful exhibition in Belfast, he held his last solo exhibition in Dublin in 1971 at the Dawson gallery and his future looked promising. Unfortunately due to a combination of events in Belfast his health deteriorated and he died tragically in March 1974 at the early age of 54.

This exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue detailing the life of Daniel O’Neill and that of his other innovative friends that make up the Belfast Boys ,Gerard Dillon and George Campbell amongst others. It is hoped this publication along with the exhibition will lead to a reassessment of Daniel O’Neill’s place in the history of Irish art by a new audience and generation of critics, students and enthusiasts.

Gallery Opening Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Admission is free.

Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Estate
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come visit and experience the ambiance of the Food & Craft Market, which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery.

Come try the delightful treats, award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, and so much more! The market offers its visitors a variety of craft products too.
Markets will take place on:

Sunday 12th AprilMarket

Monday 13th April

Sunday 19th April (Japan Day 2020)

Sunday 10th May

Sunday 5th July

Sunday 2nd August (Plant Fair)

Monday 3rd August

Sunday 16th August (India Day 2020)

Sunday 6th September (Nepal Day 2020)

Sunday 4th October

Sunday 1st November

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th DecemberMarket

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

 

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

Jun
20
Sat
Dublin Plein Air Festival @ Farmleigh Estate
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dublin Plein Air festival returns to Farmleigh. Come and watch the numerous artists create their works in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh. Watch as magnificent pieces come to life. Pieces are available to the public to purchase.

Members of the public can watch the artists at work for free but if you wish to take part in the festival you must register for the festival.
To be part of the Dublin Plein Air Painting festival you must register on www.dublinpleinair.ie

When: Saturday 20th June
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Farmleigh Estate

 

The Farmleigh Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.

The Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh

The Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh

By Nuala Canny, Librarian, OPW When the Guinness family sold Farmleigh to the Irish government in 1999, many of the contents, including the very fine library, were left on loan to Office of Public Works. Now known as the Benjamin Iveagh Library, this splendid...

Dr. Dave Flynn, Composer, Writer-in-Residence

Dr. Dave Flynn, Composer, Writer-in-Residence

OPW and Farmleigh are delighted to welcome - for the first time under its Writer-in-Residence programme - a contemporary composer from Ireland, Dave Flynn. We are looking forward to a truly imaginative residency which will give Dave a wonderful opportunity to explore...