Tibradden, Mutton Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Irelandt: +353 1 4957483
Tibradden is a handsome square Victorian house of three bays, built on the site of a Georgian farmhouse in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, overlooking the city and Dublin Bay.
The present house was built in 1860 for Thomas Hosea Guinness on land belonging to his wife, Mary Davis, as a wedding present from her father. The design was produced by a Dublin architect, Joseph Maguire, and is his largest and grandest commission. It was constructed by Matthew Gahan, a local builder from nearby Whitechurch.
The plain facades are rendered, with a pronounced string course above the ground-floor windows, while the hipped roof has overhanging eaves. The entrance front has a recessed central breakfront, with a glazed door-case behind an enclosed porch, supported by a pair of square columns. Overhead is a pair of tall round-headed windows under an open based pediment.
The interior contains a fine series of reception rooms, and a hall with rich plasterwork and a screen of marble columns with Corinthian capitals.
Outside the house is surrounded by mature parkland with many fine trees and a working sheep farm, and the original walled garden now serves as Mount Venus Nursery.
Thomas Hosea Guinness was a great-grandson of the original Arthur Guinness who founded the Guinness brewery at St James’s Gate in 1759. The archive retains documents relating to both house and family. These have important associations with Arthur Guinness, May Guinness, 'the mother of Irish modernist art' and the Massy family of nearby Kilakee and County Limerick.
Park or garden open
Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)
Open to individuals
Available as a film location
January 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 & 28
February 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 & 22
March 4 & 11
April 8, 15, 22 & 29
May 10, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26
June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28
August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25
2.00 pm - 6.00 p.m.
OAP: - €5.00
Students: - €3.00
Children: - Free
During Heritage Week two house tours will run daily, at 2 pm and 4 pm, with a maximum of 25 people per group. Advance booking is required.