Airfield Farm and Gardens
Airfield is a unique city farm located in Dundrum, Dublin – a 15min drive from the capital and at the foothills of South Dublin Mountains. From 1894 until 1993 it was the family home and working farm of the enterprising and generous Overend sisters, Letitia and Naomi, who left Airfield in trust in 1994. Airfield has recently re-opened to the public, following a 2 year renovation programme, with a newly developed farm and dairy, new food and ornamental gardens, café and heritage experience, offering visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn about food, farming, gardens, growing, history and heritage in a natural and relaxed environment.
* Airfield Farm and Dairy is most definitely the life blood of the estate and is stocked with our famous herd of Jersey cows as well as hens, pigs, sheep and donkeys. Daily milkings take place in our milking parlour alongside seasonal demonstration in cheese and butter making.
* The Overend Family Home contains a wonderful new interactive Heritage Experience where the many stories about our benefactors, Letitia and Naomi Overend, and their family, are brought back to life through an extraordinary collection of photographs, letters, toys, clothing and books. A brand new display garage is a showcase for the Overend’s vintage cars which include Letitia’s 1927 Rolls Royce, Naomi’s Austin Tickford and Lily’s Peugot Quadrilette.
* Ornamental Gardens - Our refurbished walled garden, tea garden and greenhouse gardens retain all of the romance, elegance and charm of an 19th century gardens with a twist of farmstead planting in the sunken garden.
* The New Kitchen Garden with its very own vineyard and espalier maze of Irish heritage apples is where we will share our passion for sowing, growing and cooking local, seasonal home grown food.
* Overends Café is perfect place to enjoy a taste of Airfield on a plate with the freshest of our seasonal vegetables, herbs, eggs, fruit, dairy produce and meat combined with food by suppliers who share our values.
Airfield runs an extensive education programme involving schools throughout Dublin and an arts programme featuring concerts, exhibitions, workshops, visual arts and photography.
In addition to the thousands of trees planted recently and to increase the bio diversity of the area, the Airfild wet woodland will be opened to the public at the end of July adding to this exciting oasis of nature just ten minutes from Dublin city.
Visitor Centre Opening Hours:
October –April 9.30am-5pm
Last admission one hour before closing
Overends Café Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm
From the end of November the café will be open for dinner Thursday to Saturday until 9pm
*Airfield is re-opening on a phased basis from October and running through to Spring 2014. During this period the will be giving a 50% discount on all daily admission prices.
Phased re-opening of Airfield – October 2013 to April 2014
Tuesday 15th October 2013 - Overend’s Café at Airfield opens
Wednesday 30th October 2013 - The new Heritage Experience in the Overend Family Home opens
November-December 2013 - Woodland Walks open
March 2014 - New Kitchen Garden and New Farmyard opens
April 2014 - Visitor and Schools programmes commence
How to Get There
Luas: We all agree the Luas is not only efficient and an environmentally sound way to travel, it's also fun!!! Take the Sandyford “Green” Line to Balally Station. When you get out of the station turn right, follow the Wyckham bypass up the hill swinging around to the right. Airfield is just ahead about 150 meters. It's a quick walk and one well worth making!
Bus Stops/Routes: 75 and 86 stop outside Airfield 48A, 44 and 44B stop at Dundrum Village 11 and 11B stop at The Goat Grill
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