Welcome to Farmleigh

Please observe the social distancing guidelines. Farmleigh house, gallery & toilets are currently closed (portaloos only – in carpark behind gallery). 

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.

Farmleigh Estate is free to visit. 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. For enquiries or for group/school bookings (more than 10 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.

Dublin International Chamber Music Festival @ Online
Jun 17 @ 7.30pm – Jun 18 @ 4.00pm

Musical Moments from Morning to Night
Finghin Collins, piano

Date Thursday, June 17th at 7.30 pm
Venue Farmleigh House
Admission €10/€5 (students/unwaged)

From the morning trill of a thrush, through the midday sounding of bells and onto the monks at evening prayer and a little night music, Finghin Collins does the musical gamut of the day with a rich palette of musical offerings. This hour-long recital highlights music which evokes the sounds and the colours of morning, afternoon, evening and night of a given day.

C Chaminade Aubade
A Beach Hermit Thrush at Morn Op 92 No 1
F Schubert/L Godowsky Morgengruss

G Barry Arrogant Trespass: the Norman Landing at Bannow Strand (“Midday”) from the Ros Tapestry Suite
J Field Nocturne No 18 in E Major “Le Midi”

A Beach Hermit Thrush at Eve Op 92 No 2
E Sweeney Evening: The Lighthouse at Hook Head from the Ros Tapestry Suite
C Debussy Soirée dans Grenade from Estampes

B Bartok 
Night Music from Out of Doors BB 89
C Schumann Notturno from Soirées Musicales Op 6
R Schumann In der Nacht from Fantasiestücke Op 12
F Chopin Nocturne in F-Sharp Major Op 15 No 2


Postcard from Farmleigh House

Date Friday, June 18th at 3.00 pm
Ailbhe McDonagh, cello
Dearbhla Brosnan, piano

E Wallen Dervish

The afternoon post delivers a lively greeting from cellist Ailbhe McDonagh and pianist Dearbhla Brosnan with the first of two works by Errolyn Wallen in this year’s festival. Described as a ‘renaissance woman of contemporary British music’ (The Observer), Wallen is as respected a singer-songwriter of pop-influenced songs as she is a composer of contemporary new music. Dervish, scored for cello and piano, captures both the ‘rapt and still devotion’ and the ‘passion that is in speed’ of the Sufi dance.


Presented in association with the Office of Public Works
Supported by Culture Ireland

For bookings and details visit Dublin International Chamber Music Festival.

Passage, Fold & Multipolar @ Farmleigh Gallery
Jun 18 @ 10.00am – Sep 5 @ 5.00pm
John Noel Smith at Farmleigh Gallery

The Office of Public Works presents the exhibition Passage, Fold & Multipolar by John Noel Smith at Farmleigh Gallery. The show explores three major strands in Smith’s recent body of work.

The Passage series, a new departure in his oeuvre, remains reflective and analytical, while celebrating the irregular and rhythmic patterns of life with a vibrant and optical three-dimensionality.

The triptych format is central to the Fold paintings. Here two serene, contemplative side panels flank a central middle panel or active field where forces such as gravitation, cohesion, order as well as cultural convention are examined, creating a multipolar continuum of interdependent information that forms a single, internal coherent structure.

The Multipolar series coordinates the cartography of the centre with that of the periphery, while incorporating contradiction into its essential structure, opening up a new field of vision.

For over the last 45 years, John Noel Smith has made paintings of a singular intensity; his powerful, abstract works combine dynamism with a subtle rendering of surface. Conflict and resolution are essential aspects of his work. Smith’s paintings are in a perennial state of collapse and reorganisation. The artist states: “They (the paintings) are perhaps more about the moment of cohesion than the instant of fragmentation.”

His works are not purely formal investigations, but rather a tapestry of connections and an exploration of culture, which informs the spirit of the age. His concern, however, is not to reflect this Zeitgeist, but to question its dominate characteristics to more fully capture its inner most essence. Importantly, it perceives formlessness in society as a condition to contest.

John Noel Smith, born 1952 in Dublin, he now lives and works in County Wexford. He is a member of Aosdána.

A major monograph with an introduction by Enrique Juncosa and an essay by Margarita Cappock entitled “John Noel Smith Didymus/Multipolar/ Passage” has recently been published by Gandon Editions Kinsale to coincide with the exhibition.

Open Daily: Tuesday – Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm.

Closed 1pm – 2pm for lunch.

Admission free.

John Noel Smith at Farmleigh Gallery

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The Farmleigh Blog

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

Look Back – The Painting that tells a Treasure of Stories

Look Back – The Painting that tells a Treasure of Stories

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National Tree Week

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By Maria O'Hanlon, OPW Farmleigh The leaves aren't quite budding yet but the blossoms will start blooming soon. National Tree Week runs from 21st to 27th March 2021. Bring your camera next time you visit Farmleigh and enter the Tree Week 2021 tree photography...

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Turas ar an teach i gcomhair Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021. Edward Cecil Guinness Ba le muintir Guinness Teach Farmleigh tráth. Ba é fear darbh ainm Edward Cecil Guinness an chéad duine de mhuintir Guinness a chónaigh anseo. Mac garpháiste le Arthur Guinness agus fear gnó...