Farmleigh House & Food Market, Phoenix Park, Dublin

farmleigh

It’s that time of year again where the weather gets (slightly!) better and I look out for nice things to do outdoors on the weekend. I’m always on the lookout for food festivals or markets that are close enough to visit. Over the Easter weekend we went to see Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park to check out what they had on offer.

While they do guided tours of the house Tuesday – Sunday the food markets are only on certain weekends so we made sure toΒ  time it around that! πŸ™‚

Farmleigh is a beautiful 18th Century house which has been fabulously refurbished. It is now used as accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, for Government meetings. The 78 acre grounds it’s set in are beautiful as is the faΓ§ade.

grounds

grounds 2

farmleigh door

There was no guided tour on offer the day we visited but we were permitted to walk through a few of the ground floor rooms and have a nosey.

inside

inside 2

conservatory

I’m sure if you got a guided tour you’d learn a lot about the place but it was nice to just have a wander through and see the fancy rooms! We then moved on to the important part – the food markets!

Set in a courtyard, there are many food stalls selling lots of fresh goods like fudge and other sweeties, cheese, fresh bread, jars of sauces and jams, and fresh fruit and veg.

fudge

cheese

breads

sauces

jams

rhubarb

There are also carts selling hot food like burgers, hot dogs and crepes… the smell drifting around was fab!

food 2

food

If you have green fingers there was another small section selling different plants and flowers too.

lavander

plants 2

plants1

When we were leaving there was a band setting up on stage and plenty of people with picnics making themselves comfortable on the grass. It wasn’t even the nicest of days but it was really busy so I can imagine how packed it gets when the sun is really shining. It’s mainly food based so if you do visit make sure to go on an empty stomach and enjoy all the tasty treats!

band area

grounds 3

Farmleigh Food Market will be open the following weekends throughout the summer:
3rd, 4th & 5th May
8th June
6th July
3rd & 4th August
24th August

Markets run from 10am to 5pm

http://www.farmleigh.ie/

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