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. 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.

Chesterfield Avenue Partial Closure at Weekends. For further information click here.


What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Structures, Forms, Vessels, Chaos & The Void @ Farmleigh Gallery
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – Sep 15 @ 5:00 pm
Structures, Forms, Vessels, Chaos & The Void @ Farmleigh Gallery

Curated by Mark St. John Ellis of nagGallery

The descriptive title of the new Weaving Paintings by Kohei Nakata describe the action of painting lines in pearl acrylic that appear to weave between each other. The choice of line is in contrast to the hard edged lines and colour in the paintings of Gareth Jenkins. Both surfaces reference materials and texture.

To compliment these abstract wall based paintings a selection from the State collection of ceramics from the International Academy of Ceramics 2014 event in Dublin Castle has been carefully selected to exhibit structures and forms that fell into the categories of organic and chaotic and vessels.


Gallery Opening Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Please note that the gallery closes from 1pm – 2pm for lunch.
The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge.

The Big Brick Exhibition @ Cowshed Gallery
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm
The Big Brick Exhibition @ Cowshed Gallery

The Office of Public Works are delighted to present the return of The Big Brick Experience for the
third year running, this time at the fabulous Farmleigh House in Dublin. The Exhibition showcases
the best of Construction toys, 3D Puzzles and Football Stadium replicas. LEGO fanatic Michael, from
Banbridge has been passionate about the famous plastic brick since receiving his first set for his fifth
birthday in summer 1994.

Fans of the Big Brick Experience will be excited to see the new sets added to the collection for this
year. Michael has added the Fire Station to the LEGO Winter Village series, and the latest Modular
Building, the Corner Garage. The LEGO Modular Buildings are some of the most detailed LEGO Sets
with loads of playability and also the best value for money.

When: Saturday 29th June – Sunday 1st September
Time: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)
Where: Cowshed Gallery

Tickets: €3 Adults, €2 Senior/Student/Child (12-17), €10 Family (2 adults, 3 children), €0 Under 12s.

ZOË CONWAY (fiddle) & JOHN Mc INTYRE (guitar) @ Farmleigh House
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

ZOË CONWAY (fiddle) & JOHN Mc INTYRE (guitar)

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.

They have released two recordings to date – the newest release is a superb collection of live European performances, Live in Concert, released in spring 2017. The album showcases their mesmerising musical interaction on-stage, and also reveals some of their more virtuosic repertoire outside of the Irish traditional genre. Relaxed and atmospheric, the respect and understanding that they have of traditional Irish music and song also shines through.

Their debut duo album, entitled ‘Go Mairir I Bhfad’ (‘Long Life To You’), received a glorious 5 stars from national paper, The Irish Times. For this unique album, they commissioned twelve leading Irish composers to each compose a piece specifically for Zoë and John, for fiddle and guitar, with the aim of collectively presenting a snapshot of traditional Irish music alive today. The renowned composers who took part in the project were Liz Carroll, Steve Cooney, Frankie Gavin, Andy Irvine, Charlie Lennon, Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Peadar Ó Riada, Mícheál Ó Súilleabhán, Tommy Peoples, Niall Vallely and Bill Whelan.

The release of these albums has brought international attention to the duo, and so they are increasingly in demand in Ireland and abroad for performances, talks and workshops.

Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few. In contrast to this, she has been an important figure within classical music circles in Ireland and abroad, as her crossover discipline has allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include her own compositions and works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.

John grew up in the Cooley Mountains of north County Louth where he took up guitar at 8 years of age. He began his career as electric guitarist with the successful indie band, The Revs, with whom he performed on many famous stages and festivals including Oxygen, and Slane in Ireland, Reading and Leeds in the UK, and toured extensively in USA, Australia and Europe. He has worked alongside many world renowned producers, and is now also producing and recording in many genres. John studied classical guitar and piano for many years, and from early childhood was immersed in the language, songs and traditional dance music of south west Donegal – his father’s homeplace.

Together, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre have been described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC), and audiences in Ireland and beyond keep coming back for more. They have performed for rock stars, millionaires and dignitaries around the world, including Irish Presidents Mary Mc Aleese and Michael D. Higgins. They were awarded Best Live Show from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV, and have received in excess of a combined half a million views online. “An ceol is binne agus is cruinne dá gcuala mé riamh.”


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/zoe-conway-fiddle-john-mc-intyre-guitar-tickets-63105654712?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Saturday 27th July 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)

Music in the Bandstand @ Farmleigh Pleasure Grounds
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Music in the Bandstand @ Farmleigh Pleasure Grounds

Join us for Music in the Bandstand on Sunday afternoons on the back lawn at Farmleigh Gardens!

Come along to Farmleigh Estate on Sunday afternoons, to sit back and enjoy lively music from every era performed by a host of wonderful bands.
Alternatively take a leisurely stroll around the grounds to a ‘soundtrack ‘of fondly remembered tunes!

Sundays 2p.m. – 4 p.m.

July 7th, Clondalkin Youth Band.

July 14th, St James Brass & Reed Band.

July 21st, Route 66 Big Band.

July 28th, Ardee Concert Band.

August 4th, Drogheda Brass Band.

August 5th, Navan Silver Band.

August 11th, St Georges Brass Band.

August 18th, Blanchardstown Brass Band.

August 25th, Lucan Concert Band.

September 15th, St Marys Brass & Reed Band.

September 22nd, Stedfast Brass Band.

September 29th, Lourdes Brass Band.

Summer Garden Tours @ Farmleigh Walled Garden
Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Summer Garden Tours @ Farmleigh Walled Garden

Join the gardeners on Friday afternoons in August for their insights and information about the gardens and plants at Farmleigh!

August 2nd, Farmleigh Gardening Team, 2pm.

August 9th, Marie Staunton, 2pm.

August 16th, Christopher Heavey, 2pm.

August 23rd, Carmel Duignan, 2pm.

August 30th, Farmleigh Gardening Team, 2pm.

Aug 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm



Three of the brightest lights from the poetry world in Northern Ireland bring their highly-regarded works south for an afternoon recital in Farmleigh’s Old Kitchen.


Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast where he teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Poems have been published in POETRY, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Poetry Ireland Review. His pamphlet, ‘Oils’, published by The Emma Press in 2014, was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition and the recipient of an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. ‘If All the World and Love Were Young’ will be published by Penguin in 2019.


Manuela Moser is currently working on a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Copper Nickel, The Tangerine and Hotel. She runs The Lifeboat press and reading series.


Stephen Connolly’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry (Chicago), The Tangerine and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He co-edited ‘The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland’ with Sinéad Morrissey. He runs The Lifeboat press and reading series.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/border-crossings-2-three-poets-from-belfast-tickets-63244468909?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Saturday 3rd August 2019 | 3pm | The Old Kitchen | €10 / €30 family ticket (4)


Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Farmyard
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Experience the ambiance of the Food and Craft Market, which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery.

The market offers its visitors a wide variety of products. Come try the delightful treats, award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, and so much more!

Upcoming Farmleigh Market Dates 2019:

Sunday 7th July
Sunday 4th & Monday 5th August
Sunday 1st September
Sunday 6th October
Sunday 3rd November

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

Plant Fair @ Farmleigh Paddocks
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Farmleigh Plant Fair takes place on the beautiful grounds of the estate. A wide variety of specialist growers from all over Ireland will have an extensive range of special and exotic plants for sale.

The Farmleigh Blog

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

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...