Farmleigh is the official Irish State guest house. It was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family.
It is situated on an elevated position above the River Liffey to the north-west of the Phoenix Park, in the civil parish of Castleknock.
The estate of 78 acres (32 ha) consists of extensive private gardens with stands of mature cypress, pine and oak trees, a boating pond, walled garden, sunken garden, out offices, and a herd of rare native Kerry cattle.
It was purchased by the Government of Ireland from the 4th Earl of Iveagh in 1999 for €29.2 million.
A state body—the Office of Public Works (OPW)—spent in the region of €23 million restoring the house, gardens and curvilinear glasshouses, bringing the total cost to the state to €52.2 million.
Farmleigh was opened to the public in July 2001. Visit the estate in the form of a guided tour, ot attend one of the many events and regular food and craft markets that take place on the grounds of Farmleigh House.
Opens at 10.00 Monday to Sunday inclusive.
October – March: Farmleigh Estate closes at 18.00. Last entry is at 17.00.
April – September: Farmleigh Extate closes at 21.00. Last entry is at 20.00.