Rathfarnham Castle is an Elizabethan fortified house commissioned in 1583 by Archbishop Adam Loftus as his private residence. The design was radically modern at the time and combined defensive features with all the comforts of a luxurious home. The castle was extensively remodelled in the eighteenth century under a series of later owners and has elegant neo-classical interiors to the designs of renowned architects Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.
Rathfarnham Castle is open to the public all year round. Visitors can self-guide or take a guided tour and view finely decorated rooms including the Ballroom which in the 18th and 19th centuries was the focus of aristocratic entertainment. Rathfarnham Castle also regularly hosts exhibitions and cultural events.