Farmleigh House is set on 78 acres and is situated in the north-west of the Phoenix Park.
The house was built in the 1880s for Edward Cecil Guinness, the great grandson of Arthur Guinness. The Guinness family used Farmleigh House as their summer home. Many of the artworks and furnishings in the house remain on loan from the Guinness family.
The extensive grounds provide for beautiful landscaped gardens, a lake, a boathouse cafe and a herd of rare, native Kerry cattle.
Farmleigh also contains the Benjamin Iveagh Library. The extensive manuscipts and collections were amassed by Benjamin Guinness, who was also the 3rd Earl of Iveagh. Famous Irish writers are represented in the collections, including first editions of James Joyce's Ulysses and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
Many famous foreign dignitaries and heads of state have visited and stayed in Farmleigh, including Queen Elizabeth II, American President Barack Obama and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
In June 1999, Farmleigh was purchased by The Office of Public Works on behalf of the Irish Government, for £22.9 million. A further £23 million was spent refurbishing the house and renovating the gardens. Farmleigh opened to the public in July 2001.
Free guided tours are available daily for Farmleigh House.