Farmleigh is an illustrative example of a stately home, sitting as it does upon an estate of 78 acres a short way north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It would for years be the home of the Guinness family, whose name graces the beer which is to this day an iconic product of Ireland. Often, Farmleigh functions as a hosting place for highly placed visitors and national delegations of politicians coming to Ireland, being fittingly magisterial and grand. Farmleigh began its existence as a much smaller home, expanding to its present size from the 1880s onward.
Tourists and residents of the area are welcome to head within and peruse the well-tended grounds. The interior is open daily for individuals wishing to take a tour each hour, wherein the family’s collection of heirlooms and the stunningly furnished Benjamin Iveagh library offer insight into how one of Ireland’s most prosperous families furnished their surroundings. What’s more, parking is free and the nearby Boathouse Restaurant is more than capable of offering quality food to sate appetites.
|Farmleigh House Museum, Farmleigh House, Farmleigh, White’s Road, Dublin 15, D15 TD50, Ireland.
|+353 1 815 5981