The official Irish State guesthouse

Farmleigh is the official Irish state guesthouse, used to provide premier accommodation and facilities to visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation. In addition it serves as a secure venue for high level Government meetings and events, making it an important and dynamic state building.
This historic house was built in the late eighteenth century and purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness, first Earl of Iveagh and the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, of the famous Guinness Brewery, in 1873. The Farmleigh estate covers an area of 32 hectares and contains many beautiful features, including the main house which holds important collections, an art gallery, a working farm, as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings and manuscripts which are held in the Library. The extensive pleasure grounds feature walled and sunken gardens, and scenic lakeside walks, making Farmleigh House and estate one of Dublin’s best kept secrets.

Please note that, because Farmleigh is a working Government building, the House may close at short notice.

  • Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings, and manuscripts (The collection amounts to more than 5,000 items)
  • Extensive grounds featuring walled and sunken gardens, and scenic lakeside walks
  • The Estate also boasts a working farm with a herd of Kerry Black cows

Opening Times:

See the website for opening times.


Admission Rates:

Rates apply

See the website for further details.

Useful Information

Free Parking, Café & picnic area on-site

Getting There

Public Transport:

Luas (Red): Heuston/Museum
Dart: Connolly
Bus: see

Map Location: 53.365192, -6.359786
Contact Farmleigh

Phoenix Park, Dublin 15, Ireland

Eircode: D15 TD50
T: +353 (0)1 815 5900
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