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

In the 19th century, life in a big house was marked by opulence and formality. Families often employed numerous servants for various household tasks, and social status was prominently displayed through lavish furnishings and elaborate entertaining. Unlike today, life in a big house typically involved less modern conveniences such as electricity, heating, and functional appliances. Rooms for washing, cooking and ironing were in the basement, dishes hand-washed, fireplaces lit by staff, letters hand written and so on. Visit the beautiful interiors and discover the differences between life in a big house 140 years ago and life today.

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.