Experience Farmleigh in person or from your classroom

School Visits

Under the OPW Free Educational Visits for Schools Scheme we offer free tours of Farmleigh House to primary and secondary schools. (Advance booking essential).

Under this scheme, all primary and second-level pupils, can visit Office of Public Works sites free of charge. Visits must be booked during the school year and follow the national curriculum approved by the Department of Education and Skills. For your own comfort consider choosing the low season for your trip – less crowding will mean more space for your group to explore.

Full Terms and Conditions are available here.

To book a visit or to find out further information, please phone 01 8155914 or email

Life in the 19th century

Discover what life was like in the 19th century for the Guinness family at Farmleigh. Farmleigh dates to the 1880s and belonged to Edward Cecil Guinness, great grandson of the famous Arthur Guinness. Visit the beautiful interiors and discover the differences between life in a big house 140 years ago and life today, including candles and fireplaces instead of heat and electricity, servants in the house and grounds to get the work done, kitchens in the basements and bells to call down for service, antiques instead of plastic, fine wood carving, stuccowork and lots more.

Farmleigh estate also boasts a walled garden, sunken garden, follies and modern sculptures. The wide variety of trees and habitats provide an opportunity to explore native and non-native biodiversity. Have a look at our education pack, tree trail and activity sheets while planning your visit to Farmleigh House & Estate.