Escape from the world as you explore the dramatic Mount Congreve Gardens. Meander the 70 acres of spectacularly designed gardens, including a four-acre meticulously maintained walled garden, glorious herbaceous beds, water features and immaculately kept lawns with 16km of winding walking paths.
The owner, the late Mr Ambrose Congreve, was inspired by Mr Lionel de Rothschild’s exceptional garden at Exbury in Hampshire, England. It was here that his interest in gardening was nurtured and he became infected with a passion and enthusiasm for plants such as Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world.
The entire collection consists of over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants.
Garden Opening Times
July & August – Open Tuesday to Sunday
Rest of the year – Thursday to Sunday
Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.
LANGUAGES: Leaflets in English, German, French and Spainish
DINING/REFRESHMENTS: Tea rooms serving hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, paninis and ice cream.
SHOPPING: Garden shop selling plants and vegetables straight from the Walled Garden. Take a piece of Mount Congreve home with a plant propagated in its own nursery.
PARKING: Free car and coach parking onsite.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: Due to the nature of the garden, people with limited mobility may find the terrain outside the walled garden difficult. While they have upgraded their paths, it remains part of a woodland garden and is on a slight incline. They have an accessible toilet inside the café and also inside the walled garden.
GUIDE DOGS ONLY: Due to the nature of the gardens, no dogs other than registered guide dogs are allowed.
10 minutes from Waterford City centre or Waterford Airport, 90 minutes from Dublin, 90 minutes from Cork, on the N25.
Mount Congreve Estate, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, Ireland
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