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Farmleigh House
Castleknock Co. Dublin
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Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park is well-worth a visit and is known for its Georgian-Victorian architecture, Gallery and beautiful Gardens. The former Guinness family estate has been carefully refurbished by the Office of Public Works and is open to the public when not hosting visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Many cultural events and markets take place here.

Farmleigh is situated in the north-west corner of the Phoenix Park and is adjacent to the Chapelizod and Castleknock areas of Dublin. It covers an area of 79 acres and contains many beautiful features, including the main house, which is a fine example of Georgian - Victorian architecture, the sunken garden, the walled garden, the famous clock tower and the lake.

Farmleigh provides premier accommodation and facilities to visiting dignitaries and officially sponsored national and international meetings of importance. Public access to Farmleigh is facilitated as much as possible, with public tours available.

The Farmleigh Gallery supplements the large art collection in Farmleigh House itself. The Cow Shed theatre is on site and regular food and craft markets are held behind the Gallery. (Markets take place on the first Sunday of the month from Easter to December.) Community and cultural events are held during the summer months. Christmas is another time when you'll find lovely seasonal events.

The Boathouse Restaurant set alongside the ornamental lake, offers an ideal environment to sample a light fare of Irish - Italian cuisine.

The ground floor of the house is fully accessible by wheelchair users. Groups need to book tours about a month in advance to avoid disappointment. Gardens are free to visit, but tours of the house have paid admission. Please see farmleigh.ie for events and tour times.