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.
  • 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.

Phoenix Park road closure notices

Saturday 20th August 2022

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

DCCOI, Made in Ireland Exhibition @ Farmleigh Gallery
Aug 8 @ 10.00am – Sep 4 @ 4.28pm
DCCOI, Made in Ireland Exhibition @ Farmleigh Gallery

Made In Ireland celebrates the wealth and vibrancy of Ireland’s studio crafts. The exhibition presents work by over 110 craftspeople each creating beautiful, considered objects using skills honed over many years.

Ireland’s makers, working in and across different sectors, are creating innovative work of high quality. Makers work in local and carefully sourced materials, across all regions of our island. Some are household names, but most work away quietly perfecting their skill and promoting their work regionally. The Irish public has shown itself to have a lively interest in craft, however, is largely unaware of the diverse range and quality of work being produced in the country by skilled makers. At a time when many are showing a considerable preference and appreciation for goods that are Irish made, we can think of no better time to create a colourful, inclusive exhibition that shows the very best of what is MADE IN IRELAND.

An Open Call invited submission from makers living on the island of Ireland and working in all materials, those practising traditional crafts as well as those working across different media. Over 420 proposals were received.

An Expert Panel were tasked with the difficult selection process: Peter Carroll, architect and director of A2Architects; Dr. Riann Coulter, curator, F.E. McWilliam Gallery; Irene Kernan, Director Craft Scotland; Dr. Audrey Whitty, Head of Collections and Learning, National Museum of Ireland; Neil Reed, Ceramicist; Kathleen Moran, Craft Retail Consultant and convened by: Mary Gallagher, owner of the Blue Egg Craft Gallery, Wexford.

The exhibition was proposed by Mary Gallagher, owner of Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, and Hilary Morley, editor of MAKING.ie through NDCG’s 2019 call for proposals.

Curators: Hilary Morley Hilary Morley is a visual artist with extensive experience in the craft sector as a curator and project manager. She is the editor of MAKING.ie, an online journal celebrating Irish craft in archive, stories and review.

Stephen O’Connell has worked for many years in the decorative and applied arts, including a period as a decorative arts specialist at Christie’s in London. He curated After The Fall exhibition of contemporary Irish woodturning in South Tipperary Arts Centre in 2020, and is curating Lúnasa for the Lavit Gallery in Cork in August 2021.

Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm. Closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm.

Alan Meredith | Alex Scott | Alison Hunter Alison Kay | Alison Lowry | Alison Ospina, Nicola Brown, Jessica Finken | Andrea Spencer | Andrew Ludick | Ann McBride Anne Butler | Annemarie Reinhold | Antonio Julio López Castro | Ariane Tobin | Artefakt Rugs | Beth Moran | Breda Haugh | Carmel Creaner, Anne Kiely | Caroline Madden | Caroline Schofield | Cathy Burke | Cecilia Moore | Céline Traynor | Chloë Dowds | Ciaran Hogan Ciaran Mc Gill | Claire Dooley | Clodagh Molloy | Cora Cummins | David Cousley | David Purcell | Debbie Dawson | Eamonn Terry | Egle Banyte | Eileen Singleton | Emma Bourke | Emmet Kane | Etain Hickey | Etaoin O’Reilly | Eve Doyle | Fiona Mulholland | Garvan Traynor Geoffrey Healy | Gintaras Malinauskas | Gráinne Watts | Hanna Van Aelst | Helena Brennan | Hilary Jenkinson | Hugh Cummins | Hugo Byrne | Inga Reed | Isobel Egan | Jane Murtagh | Janice Byrne | Jennifer Hickey | Jerpoint Glass Studio | Jim Turner | John McKeag | Joshua Gabriel | Katharina Treml | Kathleen Walsh | Katie Spiers | Laura Matikaite | Laura McNamara Leiko Uchiyama | Leslie Reed | Luke O’Callaghan | Lydia Clayton | Lydia Smith | Maggie Napier | Mark Campden | Mark Hanvey | Markus Jungmann | Martin Lyttle | Ceadogán Rugmakers | Mary Moorkens | Mary Palmer | Matt Jones | Max Brosi | Michael James Murphy | Michael Kobuladze Mike Byrne | Muriel Beckett Natasha Rollinson | Nicola Gates | Paul Bokslag Paul Dalrymple | Paul O’Brien | Peadar Lamb | Peter Young |Roger Bennett | Roger Harley | Roisin deBuitlear Rory Shearer | Rosemarie Durr | Rowena Sheen | Scott Benefield Seamus Gill | Seliena Coyle | Sinéad Brennan Stevan Hartung | Timeline Weavers | Studio Donegal Violet Shirran | Yvonne Ross | Zelouf + Bell

Art tour of Farmleigh House – Private Collection and Art of the State @ Farmleigh House
Aug 20 @ 3.00pm – 4.15pm

!!Please note that this tour is fully booked!!

This Heritage Week tour celebrates the eclectic nature of the paintings and mixed media art works on display at Farmleigh House.

The tour will highlight how the collection at Farmleigh has evolved over time. Starting on the ground floor we will view traditional and academic pieces before progressing on to the upper floors to acknowledge the pioneering contributions of early modernists. The tour will conclude with a consideration of the contemporary artworks gifted to or purchased by the State in recent years.

Booking required. Contact Farmleigh Guides on farmleighguides@opw.ie or 01 8155914 to reserve tickets.

INDIA DAY 2022 @ Farmleigh Estate
Aug 21 @ 11.00am – 5.00pm
INDIA DAY 2022 @ Farmleigh Estate


India Day in Ireland started in 2015 to commemorate the Indian Independence Day. It has since grown into the largest Irish-Indian celebration in Ireland. India Day celebration plays an important role in bringing all Indian communities together and also plays a significant role in bringing the Irish and Indian community at one place to experience Indian Culture, Heritage, Music, Art & Craft, Meditation along with Indian & Continental Cuisine with exciting entertainment.

Come and enjoy a family fun day in the beautiful Farmleigh gardens with music and dance programmes from both countries, cultural representations, fashion shows, food and a handicraft fair. See the programme of events here.

All are welcome, entry is free, but you need to register with the Ireland India Council on Eventbrite 


Water Water Everywhere! @ Farmleigh Estate
Aug 21 @ 11.00am – 12.15pm
Water Water Everywhere! @ Farmleigh Estate

This walking tour will focus on the sources, features, and value of water in Farmleigh. It’s a novelty tour offering interesting facts about water and visiting locations on the Estate to show its flow, flora, fountains and fame. So, drop by to dip into the history of Farmleigh’s pools, puddles and pints.

This tour will be interactive, fun, full of facts about water with reference to water safety, heritage and sustainability.

Booking required. Please contact us at farmleighguides@opw.ie or tel. 01 8155914 to reserve a place. Max. 16 per tour.

Francesco Turrisi (piano) – “Northern Migrations” @ Farmleigh House
Aug 27 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Francesco Turrisi portrait photoGrammy award winning pianist Francesco Turrisi has been defined a “musical alchemist” and a “musical polyglot” by the press. He left his native Italy in 1997 to study jazz piano and early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he obtained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree. Since 2004 he has been working successfully as a freelance musician.

He has released five genre-defying and critically acclaimed albums as a leader and two as co-leader (“Tarab” a cross boundary innovative ensemble that blends Irish and Mediterranean traditional music, and “Zahr” a project that looks at connections between southern Italian traditional music and Arabic music). His latest piano solo album “Northern Migrations” was described as “delicate, wistful and wholly engrossing” by the Irish Times. Francesco has toured as solo pianist in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, USA, New Zealand.

Francesco is also a member of the celebrated classical ensemble L’Arpeggiata. With l’Arpeggiata he has performed at the most important classical music festivals and venues in Europe and around the world (Turkey, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Brasil, Colombia) and has recorded for Warner, Virgin, Naive and Alpha.

Since 2018 he has been collaborating with American Grammy award winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, on a duo project that seamlessly combines music from the Mediterranean with music from the African diaspora in the Americas. In 2019, Giddens and Turrisi released their critically acclaimed duo album “There Is No Other”. The album single “I’m On My Way” was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY Award. Their 2021 second duo album “They’re Calling Me Home”, out on Nonesuch records, was nominated for two GRAMMY awards, and won a GRAMMY award as best folk album at the 2022 GRAMMY awards.

Turrisi is equally at home playing with jazz veterans Dave Liebman and Bill Frisell as he is with Irish traditional sean- nós singer Róisín Elsafty and with tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi. Turrisi has toured with Bobby McFerrin, interpreted the music of Steve Reich with Bang On A Can All Stars, and has accompanied flamenco star Pepe El Habichuela and Greek singer Savina Yannatou.

His long list of collaborations include:

Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, Gianluigi Trovesi, Bill Frisell, Rhiannon Giddens, Nils Landgren, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gavin Bryars, Gabriele Mirabassi, Rolando Villazon, Lisa Hannigan, Savina Yannatou, Maria Pia de Vito, Theodosii Spassov, The King’s Singers, Veronique Gens, Philippe Jaroussky, Pepe el Habichuela, Lucilla Galeazzi,

“His ability to rework ancient melodies and rhythms through a contemporary jazz prism marks Turrisi out as one of the most striking voices to have emerged on the European jazz scene in the past decade”- All About Jazz

About his “Northern Migrations” album, Turrisi has the following to say:

“I first started thinking about a piano solo program in 2015, when I got asked to perform a solo concert at the Hugh Lane gallery. I had flirted with that idea for a long time, but somehow was always a bit intimidated by the format. I am used to collaborating and playing with ensembles that range from very large to very small, but being all alone on a stage is a completely different energy.

There is something very introspective about performing piano solo, something about feeling very naked and exposed. At the same time there is the exhilarating feeling of being free to do whatever you want at any given moment. So it’s not a coincidence that a personal album such as “Northern Migrations” came about at a very difficult and transitional period in my life. A moment of big changes, a moment of pain, a moment of letting go of many things dear.

This album is a very deep and personal reflection on many things that have happened in my life until now. It’s about migration, about being far from the origins, about the nomadic life of musicians, about not belonging to a place in particular. It’s also about separation and loss, about pain and crisis, about grief and about learning to let go.

“Northern Migrations” is also about the journey that has been my experience as a musician and everything I have picked up on the way. It reflects on my Mediterranean roots, on the modal melodies, instruments and rhythms that connect Sicily with North Africa. It reflects on the early baroque music which I have studied and researched while living in the Netherlands, on the harmonic and melodic ideas behind the music of the great keyboard masters of the 17th century.

It reflects on my visceral passion for jazz, the only music that I have properly studied at a conservatory, on my passion for improvisation and for living the music moment by moment. There are probably too many other influences and connections that I can’t individually pinpoint in this music, coming from my constant thirst for finding and understanding new forms of musical expression. After 15 years of different musical projects and recordings, “Northern Migrations” represent a distilled version of my entire musical life.”

Doors open at 19:30; Performance at 20:00.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

ISL Tour of Farmleigh House @ Farmleigh House
Aug 29 @ 2.30pm – 3.30pm
ISL Tour of Farmleigh House @ Farmleigh House

The Office of Public Works is delighted to be hosting a free Irish Sign Language Tour of Farmleigh House on the 29th of August at 2.30pm.

Booking essential. Please email farmleighguides@opw.ie to reserve your place.

Image by Davison & Associates

Jacky Klein – “Art and Technology Today: The New Frontiers” @ Farmleigh House
Sep 10 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Jacky KleinThis lecture explores the very latest intersections of art and science, looking at how the new technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D Printing and Big Data, wearable tech, location-tracking and more are changing the way art is experienced. It explores where technology will take artists and the art world in the next decades as these developments – currently seen as futuristic and experimental – are set to become ever-more integral to our daily lives. Along the way, it will illustrate some of the most powerful examples of immersive tech art, from virtual reality firework displays over China’s Forbidden City to 3D mappings of a Pharaoh’s tomb and reveal how technology is transforming the ways in which art is promoted and discovered, bought and sold, archived, experienced and understood.

Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher, writer and broadcaster, specialising in modern and contemporary art. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she worked as a curator at a number of leading galleries, including the Tate, the Barbican, the Courtauld and the Hayward. In 2008, she moved sideways into the world of art publishing, first as Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, then as Executive Editor at Tate Publishing and subsequently as Director of HENI Publishing, a small independent arts publisher.

Klein is the author herself of a bestselling book on the British artist Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 3rd edition 2020) and co-author of a number of other titles including Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe (Ben Uri Gallery / Alfred Cohen Art Foundation, 2020), Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015) and What is Contemporary Art? (Thames & Hudson, 2012), a children’s guide to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which has been translated into 11 languages.

She has presented and contributed to a range of television programmes for the BBC, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s arts review programme, ‘Front Row’. She has appeared on Channel 5, the Travel Channel and Bloomberg TV, and has written and presented a number of online films and livestreams for Tate, Christie’s and the Art Fund. She regularly delivers digital talks including Zoom lectures, ‘Instagram Live’ events and Crowdcast broadcasts which have reached live audiences of many thousands of people across the world.

An experienced lecturer in museums, galleries and at literary festivals, Klein has taught at a number of arts institutions including University College London, Christie’s Education, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts. A public and passionate advocate for the arts, she is a Trustee of the UK Association for Art History, and is currently Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute on their Masters programme, ‘Curating the Art Museum’.



Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

Liam Ó Maonlaí & Katerina García @ Farmleigh House
Sep 24 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Internationally acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers), will be joined by the accomplished multilingual Dublin-based, Czech-Spanish vocalist Katerina García for an evening of songs across varying European traditions. You will experience a diversity of songs and languages, with beautiful harmonies and arrangements in this charismatic soulful coming together of voices and ideas.



Doors open 7.30pm; performance at 8pm.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)


Liam Ó Maonlaí & Katerina García portrait photos


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