The date of the foundation of the Castle is uncertain, but recent research would suggest 1583 as the most likely date. It was built by Adam Loftus, a Yorkshireman. The Castle has a colourful and interesting history with 18th century interiors by Sir William Chambers and James Athenian Stuart and was declared a National Monument in the mid-1980s. The Castle is presented to visitors as a castle undergoing active conservation. The visitor can see, at first hand, tantalizing glimpses of layers of the Castles earlier existence uncovered during research. (Conservation works are ongoing at the site).
Location: Rathfarnham By-Pass, between Rathfarnham road and Grange road (near Rathfarnham Village).
Public Transport: Buses: 16, 16A from City Centre. 47, 47A, 47B from Hawkins Street, 17 (Blackrock - Rialto), 75 (Dun Laoghaire - Tallaght).
Pictures and text courtesy of HeritageIreland.ie.
Note: Map is an approximate indication ONLY. Please contact Rathfarnham Castle for directions and precise location prior to your visit.