Welcome to Farmleigh

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. A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, farm animals, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh House and Estate is open seven days a week.

Home to the Guinness family for generations, 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, tastefully influenced by the Guinness family.

Farmleigh is managed by the Office of Public Works. The Estate hosts a donkey sanctuary, horses and is home to a herd of Kerry Black cows. 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.

  • Farmleigh Estate is open daily 10am – 5pm and free to visit.
  • Farmleigh House is closed until mid-March 2023
  • Entry to Farmleigh House is by guided tour.
  • Farmleigh House Tour Prices:
  • 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
  • The average length of the house tour is 50 minutes.

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Saturday 18th February

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Nov
18
Fri
The Man Who Sees Through Shadows Photographic Exhibition by Mike Bunn @ Farmleigh Gallery
Nov 18 2022 @ 10.00am – Mar 19 2023 @ 5.00pm

Having been in Yorkshire in 1942 but having lived and worked in Ireland since the end of the 1960s, Mike Bunn has been highly regarded for many years as one of this country’s most consistent and celebrated contemporary photographers. His broad eye for striking subject matter alongside his delicately balanced sense of composition, as well as his detailed understanding of light and light ratios, are legendary. Now in his sixth decade as a photographic artist, and as the doyen of Irish photography, the range of photographic disciplines he has covered over the years is quite extraordinary and his knowledge of the history, skills and craftsmanship for the medium are unequalled.

From November 2022 until March 2023, the Office of Public Works in Ireland will present a large-scale 80th birthday retrospective exhibition of over 130 high-quality prints from nearly six decades of the widely diverse output of this renowned photographer. The exhibition will be presented in Farmleigh Gallery, at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops that will highlight the importance of Bunn’s vision as a classical photographer in capturing over five decades of Ireland’s cultural, fashion, landscape and environmental history.

Beginning with a set of photographs that wonderfully captures the atmosphere of Dublin at the start of the 1970s, at the time of his first arrival in the city, the presentation goes on to highlight examples of his pioneering fashion campaigns that he undertook from his legendary studio in Temple Bar’s Crown Alley, which he set up with his late wife, the iconic stylist and boutique-owner Betty Wall. These photographs chart his long and successful working relationship with many of Ireland’s then up-and-coming and subsequent leading fashion designers, including John Rocha, Michael Mortell, Louise Kennedy, Philip Treacy and Lainey Keogh, to name but a few.

Also included in the exhibition will be Bunn’s environmental and landscape photography that was featured in several important publications, as well as his intimate portraits in 1980 for ”The Writers”, which was published by the O’Brien Press. Conceived as part of the Sense of Ireland Festival that was presented in London that year, the book included, amongst 44 individual authors and poets, portraits of Brendan Kennelly, Frank Ormsby, John Montague, Neil Jordan, Mary Lavin, and William Trevor.

Reflecting his life-long interest in food, Bunn’s 1991 Anaya/Collins & Brown book, ‘Ireland – The Taste and The Country’, went straight into the hardback non-fiction best-sellers list for 16 weeks, selling over 40,000 copies in English, German and French editions, and won for him one of the Sunday Independent Arts Awards later that year.

In the summer of 1996, Bunn was chosen to represent Ireland at The Round Tower, Copenhagen, when the city was European Capital of Culture. The show featured images from his ‘Acid House Techno’ portfolio, examples of which will be featured in the Farmleigh exhibition. Also to be featured, from the year 2000, will be a selection of powerful and moving portraits of local tribespeople, from an assignment, for The Shubinak Trust, that took him to the Hindukush Mountains on the Pakistan/Afghan border, with the omnipresent Tirich Mir peak looming overhead.

In 2012, Bunn’s ‘Talking Heads’ exhibition, of large-scale, close-up photographic portraits in black/white of writers, poets and artists, was held in The Solstice Gallery in Navan and in 2013, as the first photographer to be allowed to do so, he conducted a fashion shoot on Skellig Michael for Juno Magazine. This was followed, in 2014, by ‘Volto Angelo’, an exhibition of large prints held in The Octagon Room of the Irish Georgian Society’s headquarters on Dublin’s South William Street.

Throughout his working life, Bunn has been interested in the landscape of Ireland and is particularly concerned with the fate of Irish bogs, especially those close to his home in Co. Sligo. The Farmleigh exhibition will feature several of his recent portraits of these magical and fragile environments, as well as his imagined constructs relating to the works of W. B. Yeats and his interaction with that afore-mentioned county.

In all, this retrospective of Mike Bunn’s work will present to the public an extraordinarily varied selection of magnificent images that reflect with great sensitivity some of the most important cultural developments that have occurred in Ireland over the past five decades. It will also present new work from Bunn’s ever-present and deeply-felt passion for the beauty and mystery of Ireland’s natural environment, giving us a unique vision, from a truly gifted artist, of wild treasures that we should protect and celebrate.

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Feb
11
Sat
Mike Bunn / Photographic Portrait Workshop @ Farmleigh Gallery
Feb 11 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

From November 2022 until March 2023, the Office of Public Works in Ireland will present a large-scale 80th birthday retrospective exhibition of over 130 high-quality prints from nearly six decades of the widely diverse output of this renowned photographer. The exhibition will be presented in Farmleigh Gallery, at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops that will highlight the importance of Bunn’s vision as a classical photographer in capturing over five decades of Ireland’s cultural, fashion, landscape and environmental history.

In 2012, Bunn’s ‘Talking Heads’ exhibition, of large-scale, close-up photographic portraits in black/white of writers, poets and artists, was held in The Solstice Gallery in Navan and in 2013, as the first photographer to be allowed to do so, he conducted a fashion shoot on Skellig Michael for Juno Magazine. This was followed, in 2014, by ‘Volto Angelo’, an exhibition of large prints held in The Octagon Room of the Irish Georgian Society’s headquarters on Dublin’s South William Street.

In all, this retrospective of Mike Bunn’s work will present to the public an extraordinarily varied selection of magnificent images that reflect with great sensitivity some of the most important cultural developments that have occurred in Ireland over the past five decades. It will also present new work from Bunn’s ever-present and deeply-felt passion for the beauty and mystery of Ireland’s natural environment, giving us a unique vision, from a truly gifted artist, of wild treasures that we should protect and celebrate.

Mike Bunn / Photographic portrait workshop -Saturday 11th February 2023; 3pm; Farmleigh Gallery; €12

Mar
11
Sat
Mike Bunn / ‘Plein Air’ Photographic Workshop @ Farmleigh Gallery
Mar 11 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Bunn, Mike - Lainey Keogh's design - 'Empress'Having been in Yorkshire in 1942 but having lived and worked in Ireland since the end of the 1960s, Mike Bunn has been highly regarded for many years as one of this country’s most consistent and celebrated contemporary photographers. His broad eye for striking subject matter alongside his delicately balanced sense of composition, as well as his detailed understanding of light and light ratios, are legendary. Now in his sixth decade as a photographic artist, and as the doyen of Irish photography, the range of photographic disciplines he has covered over the years is quite extraordinary and his knowledge of the history, skills and craftsmanship for the medium are unequalled.

From November 2022 until March 2023, the Office of Public Works in Ireland will present a large-scale 80th birthday retrospective exhibition of over 130 high-quality prints from nearly six decades of the widely diverse output of this renowned photographer. The exhibition will be presented in Farmleigh Gallery, at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops that will highlight the importance of Bunn’s vision as a classical photographer in capturing over five decades of Ireland’s cultural, fashion, landscape and environmental history.

Beginning with a set of photographs that wonderfully captures the atmosphere of Dublin at the start of the 1970s, at the time of his first arrival in the city, the presentation goes on to highlight examples of his pioneering fashion campaigns that he undertook from his legendary studio in Temple Bar’s Crown Alley, which he set up with his late wife, the iconic stylist and boutique-owner Betty Wall. These photographs chart his long and successful working relationship with many of Ireland’s then up-and-coming and subsequent leading fashion designers, including John Rocha, Michael Mortell, Louise Kennedy, Philip Treacy and Lainey Keogh, to name but a few.

Also included in the exhibition will be Bunn’s environmental and landscape photography that was featured in several important publications, as well as his intimate portraits in 1980 for ”The Writers”, which was published by the O’Brien Press. Conceived as part of the Sense of Ireland Festival that was presented in London that year, the book included, amongst 44 individual authors and poets, portraits of Brendan Kennelly, Frank Ormsby, John Montague, Neil Jordan, Mary Lavin, and William Trevor.

Throughout his working life, Bunn has been interested in the landscape of Ireland and is particularly concerned with the fate of Irish bogs, especially those close to his home in Co. Sligo. The Farmleigh exhibition will feature several of his recent portraits of these magical and fragile environments, as well as his imagined constructs relating to the works of W. B. Yeats and his interaction with that afore-mentioned county.

In all, this retrospective of Mike Bunn’s work will present to the public an extraordinarily varied selection of magnificent images that reflect with great sensitivity some of the most important cultural developments that have occurred in Ireland over the past five decades. It will also present new work from Bunn’s ever-present and deeply-felt passion for the beauty and mystery of Ireland’s natural environment, giving us a unique vision, from a truly gifted artist, of wild treasures that we should protect and celebrate.

Mike Bunn / ‘Plein Air’ photographic workshop – Farmleigh Gallery; Saturday 11th March 2023; 3pm; €12

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