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Visit yet another of Phoenix Park's attractions, Farmleigh. 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 to the capital city, Dublin.
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. It provides a suitable and secure venue for officially sponsored national and international meetings of importance. Public access to Farmleigh is facilitated to the greatest extent possible and, in this regard, public tours are available on Saturdays (pre-booking required) and a number of community and cultural events are held mainly during the summer months.
The Boathouse Restaurant set alongside the ornamental lake, offers an ideal environment to sample a light fare of Irish - Italian cuisine. Opening hours are from twelve noon to 5.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. The Motorhouse Café provides light refreshments.
The ground floor of the house is fully accessible by wheelchair users.