Rathfarnham is nestled at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, the Southside of the city. Its name derives from Rath meaning fort and Farnham, the name of a Celtic Chieftain.

Rathfarnham Castle has a long and eventful history. The castle was built around 1583 - date unsure – by Adam Loftus from Yorkshire, and contains 18th century interiors. Conservation of the site is ongoing and but in its heyday it was built as a comfortable defensible residence and by end of the 16th century it was acknowledged as one of the finest castles in County Dublin. Visitors can see glances of layers of the Castle’s earlier existence uncovered during research. From this castle there is also two secret tunnels. One leads from the castle to an exit at the present Castle Golf Club. Another led from the castle to the Church of Ireland in the village - this tunnel was only discovered in 1987. Both have been closed off.

The Church of Ireland, Church in Rathfarnham was built in 1789, and has since then been added to twice, once to add a spire and tower and the second time to enlarge it as it had gotten to small for the volume of people attending. Today it is a fine small church inside of which s a large majestic organ.
Marlay Park is a 300 acre suburban public park located about ten kilometres from Dublin city centre which was opened in 1975. The park contains ponds,waterfall, woodlands and walks. There is also tennis courts, a nine hole par three golf course, fourteen football pitches, BMX cycle track, a cricket pitch, children’s playground and a miniature railway. It also acts as a concert venue and there is a craft courtyard with home craft shops and coffee shops. Marlay Park is part of Marlay House and Demense. The house was named after the second owner’s wife Elizabeth Marlay. The house, a fine example of Georgian architecture, has many elaborate features including plasterwork by Michael Stapleton. Daily tours of the gardens are available in the summer months and by appointment at other times. Tea, coffee and other refreshments are available, year round, in the former gardener’s house.

If you fancy some shopping then the nutgrove shopping centre is the place to be, it’s the second largest shopping centre in south Dublin and has plenty to offer all tastes and purses. For more artisan tastes there is the famers market in Marlay Park on each Saturday.

Marlay Park is the beginning of the 132 km Wicklow Way, an Irish long distance walking trail, which begins at the car park adjacent to Marlay House. The trail passes by several forest vistas and through the Dublin Mountain Foothills. Apart from shopping walking and visitor’s attractions there are plenty of Restaurants pubs and clubs in the vicinity to keep you entertained.
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