South Dublin County Council seeking dynamic business partner for exciting Rathfarnham Castle Development

Rathfarnham Castle is a popular visitor attraction in South Dublin.

by Gazette Reporter
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South Dublin County Council announced they are seeking expressions of interest from businesses within the hospitality, food, retail and lifestyle sectors to work with the Council to create an exemplar development at Rathfarnham Castle and Park, which will play an important role as a key tourism and local destination amenity.

The project offers a unique opportunity of working with the Council on the development of the state-of-the-art, mixed-use hospitality/retail/lifestyle offering while also helping to shape the vision for the development and bringing the concept to reality, which is unique in such a setting and sector.

Rathfarnham Castle is a popular visitor attraction in South Dublin. Four historic stable courtyards adjoin the Castle in a beautiful parkland setting.

South Dublin County Council intends to develop two of these courtyards as a retail, food and leisure destination. The Council will design and construct a high-quality flexible building of architectural merit to an area up to 1,400 sq. metres, complete with outdoor courtyard areas. An extension to the current car parking provision will also be undertaken by South Dublin County Council 

Due to its incredibly close proximity to Rathfarnham Castle along with the 7-hectare public park and playground and Rathfarnham village, and being within touching distance of the evolving Dodder Greenway, South Dublin County Council are looking to compliment the overall heritage experience for the area with a partner business who will help progress and compliment the project.

The Council is looking for a business who, through requisite experience and capacity, will bring forward an exciting and diverse retail, lifestyle and hospitality proposal at this location. The business will design, fund and deliver the fit-out of the new building and its courtyards. The completed facility will operate under a lease or license to be agreed.

Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council said of the project: 

We are looking to partner with a dynamic business, currently operating within the relevant sectors, which sees the unique opportunity to develop the offering at this high-quality location in the heart of Rathfarnham. Our partner will help refine our vision, including involvement in the design of the building and associated outdoor spaces  to bring this concept to reality. 

The Castle Stables and Courtyard at Rathfarnham project is part of up to €50m of potential investment in tourism and development projects across South Dublin County until 2025 planned by South Dublin County Council.

With over 35,000 people living within 1km of the location, and the overall investment made by South Dublin County Council, we believe there is a significant opportunity here at Rathfarnham for the right business.

Full details on the terms and conditions on the development opportunity at The Castle Stables and Courtyard at Rathfarnham are available on 

Feature Image: Rathfarnham Castle – Aerial Photo: Ben Ryan

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