Rathfarnham, located in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and close to the River Dodder, is just six miles from the city centre. The name Rathfarnham comes from the Irish Ráth Fearnáin, which means “The Rath/Fort of Fearnan”. Some sources translate Ráth Fearnáin as “the fort of the alders,” a species that can be found growing along the nearby River Dodder.
From the visitor perspective, no visit to the area would be complete without enjoying historical tours of the Pearse Museum and Rathfarnham Castle. Both attractions are in beautifully landscaped parkland with on-site parking and cafés, and Rathfarnham Castle also offers a playground for the younger family members.
To extend your stay in the area you should consider visiting many of the nearby stunning forests of the Dublin Mountains, which have on-site parking and waymarked trails and offer an escape to nature and spectacular views of the city.