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Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin 14

The date of the foundation of Rathfarnham Castle is uncertain, it is belived to be around 1583. It was built by Adam Loftus from Yorkshire. 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 currently undergoing active conservation. Visitor can see, at first hand, glimpses of layers of the Castles earlier existence uncovered during research.

The skeletal remains of a young woman were discovered in one of the hollow walls on the middle floor in 1880. It is believed that the remains were there for over 130 years. Folklore tells us that a young fair maiden was locked into a secret compartment during one of the famous balls at the Castle. Two suitors were arguing over her love and they decided to sort out their differences by way of a duel. The successor would then rescue the fair maiden from the wall. But as it happened, both died - one from drowning and the other from his wounds. The whole affair was conducted in secret so the beautiful maiden was left there entombed in the wall, where she died.

Opening Times

November to April: 10.00 - 16.00 daily
May to October opening hours: 09.30 - 17.00 Daily

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Ticket Prices

Admission is free.

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Disabled Facilities

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Telephone: 0 353 (0)1 4939462

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Rathfarnham,
Dublin 14

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