Popular Gardens

On my trip to Ireland I was able to visit

Strokestown: an old plantation estate that includes the National Famine Museum, a tour of a “Big House” a beautiful walled garden, a path through the woods and an extensive fruit and vegetable garden outside of the walled garden complete with several small greenhouses.


Kylemore Abbey: Includes a miniature Gothic Cathedral, a retired girls school that used to occupy the Abbey, elaborate walled gardens, and a nature walk.



Glenveagh Castle: a former hunting lodge located on the shore of Lough Veagh central to Glenveagh National Park. The castle is surrounded by several gardens including a large walled Victorian garden, more natural elements, a Tuscan style garden, and a Belgian Walk. We had a tour and Q&A session with the head gardener here, which was incredibly informative. He had apprentices working under him to learn his gardening technique.


Battle of the Boyne Museum: this museum is the site of the Battle of the Boyne. It has a mansion that was added after the battle, a tea house, walled gardens and beautiful walks through the fields.


Other popular Irish formal gardens include:

  • Rathmullan House
  • Salthill Garden
  • Loughcrew Historic Gardens
  • The Dower House
  • Terra Nova Gardens
  • Tullynally Castle Gardens
  • Gash Gardens

More information on these destinations can be found [here].



[Ireland’s Formal Gardens] [Personal Interest and Background] [Techniques and Styles]

[Comparisons to Parks and Cemeteries]


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