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Farmleigh House and Estate

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 815 5900
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Ranked #25 of 217 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Formerly the home to members of the Guinness family, the Irish Government now owns it and uses it...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Formerly the home to members of the Guinness family, the Irish Government now owns it and uses it to provide accommodations for visiting dignitaries and special guests.

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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We visited the house and estate some months ago - lovely walks but the food market was a bit tacky and took away from the atmosphere

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This part of the Phoenix park is quite hidden of thereat and track. You almost have to know about it to find it. The gardens are nicely kept and you can find lots of secret corners. Great to go with the children, since they have some animals to entertain them and also a family friendly coffee shop in case it... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The Irish government use this grand house for official events and it is a show-off piece. The Guinness family used this as their Dublin family home for many decades

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The grounds of Farmleigh are well worth visiting especially during the summer months when the gardens are at their best. It is a very popular destination for families. The grounds have donkeys, horses, Kerry cattle and waterfowl. There is a cafe beside the lake which is very busy and a bit cramped, service is friendly but a bit slow. If... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Keep in mind the house is used for official state accommodation. Only the ground floor is open to the public. It’s worth a visit because it’s free. If you do not have your own transport it can be a bit of a hassle to get here. Tour groups are small but the rooms are cramped. Make sure you get into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Farmleigh is such a lovely day out - really nice coffee shop, beautiful walled garden, lovely meadows. It's particularly beautiful around Christmas time when the house is open to the public and decorated magnificently for Christmas.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

highly recomend a visit if your in the phoenix park. house and gardens when in full bloom is fantastic. ground floor of the house is opened to public tours, but it would nice to see moor rooms or the upstairs of the house. but still well worth a visit

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Navan, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is an excellent place for a day out! Really enjoyed the guided tour with an excellent guide!! The tour is concise but provides a good overview of the history and uses of the house. The tour is free which was a bonus! the grounds surrounding the house are a lovely place for a walk. There is also a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

this is a truly beautiful place to visit on a nice day! the house is gorgeous and the lakeside walk is lovely. it even has a cafe to stop for a coffee. plenty of beautifully landscaped gardens for a romantic stroll!!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

we went for a spin to Phoenix Park and decided to have a look at Farmleigh. There was ample free parking and we wandered up to the office. We were told that the next (free) guided tour would take place in 40 minutes, so we had a look around the gardens and had a cup of coffee while waiting. The... More 

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