Covid-19

Please note that the house, gallery, toilets & tours are closed/cancelled until further notice. (Portaloos available.) Please observe the Covid 19 social distancing guidelines.

Welcome to Farmleigh

A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, a working farm, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh 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 Estate that takes you from the eighteenth century, when building commenced, right up to the present day.

Farmleigh Outdoor Guided Tour Charges:
Adult: €5.00
Senior (60+): €4.00
Child (12-17)/Student (ID required): €3.00
Child under 12: Free
Family (Two adults, max five children): €13.00

For more information on tours please click here. For enquiries, please call 01 8155914 or email farmleighguides@opw.ie.

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Oct
4
Sun
Dublin Book Festival @ Online
Oct 4 – Dec 6 all-day

Dublin Book Festival is taking place online this year and we at Farmleigh are delighted to be hosting. The Dublin Book Festival was established in 2006 by Publishing Ireland to celebrate all that is best in Irish writing and publishing.

Taking place in November, the festival programmes events in venues throughout the city of Dublin, including Dublin City Libraries, National Library of Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, The Gutter Bookshop, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Port, EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, Fighting Words and many more locations. The diverse programme covers everything from poetry to science, history to poetry, comedy, literary fiction and a full family and schools’ programme.

There is a programme of over 40 online events for you to choose from. The 2020 Programme of Events features a DBF Autumn series, a selection of events which will be streamed on a weekly basis ahead of the festival season. The Main Programme and Children’s & Family Programme will begin on 27th November. Most events are free but require registration. Keep an eye out for Farmleigh’s exquisite interiors and some special guests.

Dublin Book Festival Logo

 

Nov
30
Mon
DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories @ Online
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Santa’s elves have been working with the team at Farmleigh and Dublin Book Festival to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to festive nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen to our series of Bedtime Christmas Stories. Why not choose your own Christmas stories afterwards and read them together? DBF Bedtime Stories Series will take place in the evenings from Monday 30th November.

In this first episode, Join Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu by the fireplace in the festive surrounds of Farmleigh House at 6:30pm as she reads Reindeer Down! (O’Brien Press), written by Natasha Mac a’Bháird and illustrated by Audrey Dowling.

Santa’s sleigh is flying over Ireland, delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But then Dancer hurts her leg and can’t pull the sleigh. What will Santa do?

This is a pre-recorded online event. Register Here

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu

Councillor Hazel Chu was elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual Meeting of Dublin City Council held on 29th June 2020 in the Round Room at the Mansion House. Councillor Mary Callaghan was elected the Deputy Lord Mayor.

Hazel Chu was born and raised in Dublin. She grew up in the suburb of Firhouse, before moving to Celbridge, and now lives in Ranelagh with her partner Patrick and their 2 year old daughter Alex.

She first became involved in politics in 2014, when she ran her partner’s local election campaign. In 2019, she became the first Green Party councillor to be elected in the local elections for the ward of Pembroke and topped the poll with over 4,000 first preference votes. In the same year she was elected Chair of the Party.

She studied politics and history in UCD and trained to be a barrister at Kings Inns. While studying she worked as a fundraising consultant for non-profits and as a production manager for music festivals. After being called to the Bar in 2007 she worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and Guilin. Upon returning home she was offered a Fellowship by UCD Smurfit and worked in New York for Bord Bia. She has worked in various management roles and in 2013 became Diageo’s Head of Brand, Corporate and Trade Communications.

Councillor Chu was the first person in her family to finish school and go to college. Her parents are from Hong Kong. They met in Ireland in the 1970s.

In her spare time she lends her voice to promoting diversity and equality, and is a regular media contributor. Her first loves are her daughter, running election campaigns, surfing, and cooking. Since she was a teenager she has worked in her mother’s restaurant in every position from dishwasher to waitress, to sous chef.

Hazel Chu is the 9th woman to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The Lord Mayor is addressed as “Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu” or “Lord Mayor Hazel Chu”.

Dec
1
Tue
DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories @ Online
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Santa’s elves have been working with the team at Farmleigh and Dublin Book Festival to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to festive nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen to our series of Bedtime Christmas Stories. Why not choose your own Christmas stories afterwards and read them together? DBF Bedtime Stories Series will take place in the evenings from Monday 30th November.

In this second episode, join Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn by the fireplace in the festive surrounds of Farmleigh House at 6:30pm.

The sleigh is packed. The reindeer are excited. Santa has checked his list and checked it twice. He is all set to go. Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn reads her festive poem Daidí na Nollag for children of all ages and the young at heart.

Tá an carr sleamhnáin pacáilte. Tá an liosta réidh. Tá sceitimíní ar na réinfhianna. Tá Daidí na Nollag réidh le himeacht. Léann Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn a dán Daidí na Nollag do pháistí de gach aois.

This is a pre-recorded online event. Register Here

Santa by the fire

 

Áine Ní Ghlinn

Áine Ní Ghlinn is the sixth Laureate na nÓg (Ireland’s Children’s Literature Laureate). She is the first author writing exclusively in the Irish language to be appointed to the role. Áine has written twenty-six books for children, as well as five collections of poetry for adults. Her ambition as Laureate is to lift the cloak of invisibility from Irish language authors and books, encouraging children and young people to read for pleasure as Gaeilge.

Is í Áine Ní Ghlinn, an séú Laureate na nÓg, agus an chéad údar sa ról a scríobhann i nGaeilge amháin. Is file agus údar do pháistí í Áine. Tá sé leabhar is fiche scríofa aici do pháistí (scéalta, úrscéalta, filíocht agus drámaí) chomh maith le cuig chnuasach filíochta do dhaoine fásta. An aidhm atá aici mar Laureate ná an clóca dofheictheachta a bhaint de scríbhneoireacht na Gaeilge do pháistí agus daoine óga a spreagadh chun scíthléitheoireacht a dhéanamh as Gaeilge.

Dec
3
Thu
DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories @ Online
Dec 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Santa’s elves have been working with the team at Farmleigh and Dublin Book Festival to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to festive nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen to our series of Bedtime Christmas Stories. Why not choose your own Christmas stories afterwards and read them together? DBF Bedtime Stories Series will take place in the evenings from Monday 30th November.

In this third episode, join one of Ireland’s most beloved authors Marian Keyes by the fireplace in the festive surrounds of Farmleigh House tonight at 6:30pm as she reads a fun Christmas story for all the family! Marian will be reading Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Christmas by Rhiannon Fielding, illustrated by Chris Chatterton.

This is a pre-recorded online event. Register Here

Story telling with Santa

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close, The Woman Who Stole My Life, The Break and Grown Ups. Her journalism, collected under two titles, Making It Up As I Go Along and Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition, containing the original publications Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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