Welcome to Farmleigh

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, all year round.

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.

Please note that Farmleigh House will be closed on the 6th of December 2017 due to government business. 

The Velvettes’ Christmas Show

The Ballroom at Farmleigh

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December, 8pm

Headlining Farmleigh’s Christmas Lineup for 2017 are The Velvettes!

The Velvettes present ‘A Crooning for Christmas’. A festive celebration of the classic era of Christmas songs and more! From Irving Berlin to Gershwin, Cole Porter to Elvis Presley. Performed with great affection, and wrapped in stunning harmonies synonymous with The Velvettes. This show is the perfect festive event, guaranteed to send you off glowing in the warmth of a lost era in music. Christmas has never sounded so good!

The Velvettes are a unique vocal group based on the classic swing combos of the late 1940’s – early 1950’s. Modelling their vocal blend in the style of The Andrews sisters, with a vibrancy and authentic sound reminiscent of Mel Tormé’swonderful “Meltones”. A typical Velvettes set-list is packed with the finest songs from the great American songbook, featuring gems from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael to name but a few, from the golden age of Hollywood and beyond.

The group consists of Judy McGann, Michelle Gillies, Fran King, Carl Banks & Alan Elliott, who between them have over 20 years live, & studio experience. Their combined musical knowledge, coupled with a genuine passion & affection for the genre, makes for an unforgettable journey through some of the finest songs ever composed, in a fastidiously authentic and refreshing show.

What’s On

Farmleigh’s Christmas Programme is now available!

Download our full Christmas brochure here, or browse the latest below. See the full calendar at this link.
There are also regular tours of the house, markets in the Farmyard, and exhibitions in the Cowshed Theatre and Farmleigh Gallery.

Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Our ever popular food and craft market returns, Christmas-style! You will find lots of delicious options, and a wide array of Irish handicrafts for sale. This is the perfect opportunity to tackle that gift list,[...]
The Farmyard next to Farmleigh House
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Take time out in the busy season, and enjoy a moment or two of solitude at our annual festive crib. Why not take the short walk down the garden path afterwards, and see some real-life[...]
Outside Farmleigh House
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
‘Christmas with Punch & Judy’ is produced by award-winning children’s entertainer Julie Rose McCormick of McCormick Puppets. Julie Rose has been wowing audiences young and old for thirty years, both in Ireland and internationally. Session[...]
The Cowshed Theatre
12:30 pm
St Mary’s Pro Cathedral Choir will perform in the Ballroom from 12.30 to 2.30pm. Please note that this event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets will be distributed on the day of the[...]
The Ballroom, Farmleigh House
12:45 pm
Don’t miss Eilis O’Donnell’s very special storytelling session in the atmospheric setting of Farmleigh’s Old Kitchen. Children will be enthralled as Eilis brings her brilliant characters and tales to life. Sessions are from 12:45pm – 1:30pm,[...]
The Old Kitchen, Farmleigh House
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Acclaimed barbershop group, The Mellow Chords, will perform some Christmas numbers outside the main House in the afternoon. Why not sit and listen with a coffee, after your walk around the Christmas market! See a[...]
Outside Farmleigh House
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Our ever popular food and craft market returns, Christmas-style! You will find lots of delicious options, and a wide array of Irish handicrafts for sale. This is the perfect opportunity to tackle that gift list,[...]
The Farmyard next to Farmleigh House
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Take time out in the busy season, and enjoy a moment or two of solitude at our annual festive crib. Why not take the short walk down the garden path afterwards, and see some real-life[...]
Outside Farmleigh House

The Farmleigh Blog

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

Documentary on Newstalk: Keeping Time

  As part of the Spring Season of Documentary on Newstalk, producer Patricia Baker tells the story of Ireland’s unique way of dealing with time, as she explores the rich and diverse history of Ireland’s clocks and watches, that have been keeping time for us for...

Writer-in-Residence 2017

  Farmleigh are delighted to announce that their Writer in Residence for 2017 is Mia Gallagher. Based in Dublin, Ireland, she is the author of two widely acclaimed novels: HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) which received the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007), and...

The Grove of Nations Park

Representatives from the Diplomatic Corps today, 19th June, attended a tree-planting ceremony to launch the Grove of Nations at Farmleigh House. The Park is an intiative for the Embassies of Ireland to come together and plant trees in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate...

Farmleigh

Driving directions are a little different from what Google Maps usually suggest – please click here for full instructions on how to approach the house and park.