Boyne Valley Garden Trail

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The rich heritage of the Boyne Valley is reflected in gardens that date back to the C17th. Each garden member is open either by appointment, or for a set number of days/year. Many gardens host events, including walks, charity fetes, plant sales, outdoor theatre, music and much more. Check websites for more details.

Historic Gardens

Barmeath Castle 

Unique, C18th landscape designed by Tomas Wright includes fine specimen azaleas and rhododendrons.  A recently restored walled garden restoration project is a joy to visit with opulent herbaceous borders and kitchen garden plots.  Groups by appointment.

Address:  Dunleer, Co. Louth

Website:  www.boynevalleygardentrail.com

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 6851205

Open:  May 1st–31st, June 1st–9th, 9am-1pm.  Heritage Week in August

Fee:  €5.  Children Free 

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge House and Gardens 

Walled garden with newly restored sunken octagonal garden, peach house, apple orchard, newly planted herbaceous borders and historic garden exhibition in the Bothy.  Tea Pavilion overlooking the gardens.

Address:  Drogheda, Co. Meath

Website:  www.battleoftheboyne.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9809950

Emailbattleoftheboyne@opw.ie

Open:  All year except Christmas and New Year

Fee:  Gardens are free.  Admission charges to Visitor Centre

Beaulieu House and Gardens

C18th walled garden overlooking the river Boyne, planted with a vibrant double herbaceous border, fruit trees, knot garden, lawns and summer house.  House and garden open dates listed.  Tea and coffee by arrangement.  Groups by appointment, 40 min guided tour of the house.  Garden self-guided.

Address:  Drogheda, Co. Louth

Website: www.beaulieuhouse.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9838557

Email:  info@beaulieuhouse.ie

Open:  1st June – 10th Sept, Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, July/Aug Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm

Fee:  €10 house tour, €5 garden only, under16 free  

Killineer House & Gardens

Early C19th gardens with formal paths descending from terraces and lawns to a woodland walk, beautiful lake, swans and a summerhouse.  A visit to the 1.5 acre walled garden with fruit trees, herbaceous borders and vegetables is heavenly.  Groups by appointment.

Address:  Drogheda, Co. Louth

Website: www.killineerhouse.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 419838563

Email:  charles.p.carroll@gmail.com

Open:  Feb 1st–20th, May 1st-15th, June 1st-10th, Aug 14th- 28th

Fee:  €6 garden tour

Listoke Gardens, Gallery, Shop, Tea Rooms 

Beautiful Edwardian garden with rare and special herbeaceous plants, woodland walk and a small menagerie of feathered friends to delight all ages.  Art Gallery, Pavillion Tea Rooms, Garden Shop, Distillery & Gin School and Accommodation.

Address:  Ballymakenny Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Website:  www.listoke.com - www.listokedistillery.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 86 2118741 / (0) 87 7447057

Email:  info@listoke.com

Open:  From April-September, Mondy-Sunday.  From October-March, Thursday-Sunday 11am-4.30pm.

Fee:  €5 Guided Garden Tour – Groups by appointment

Rokeby Hall

Built by architect Francis Johnston in the C18th, Rokeby won the An Taisce Ellison Award in 2013 for the restoration of its Turner designed conservatory.  House and garden can be visited at times listed.  Groups of 8 by appointment

Address:  Grangebellew, Dunleer, Co. Louth

Website:  www.rokeby.ie

Phone: +353 (0) 86 8644228

Email: info@rokeby.ie

Open:  May & September - Monday to Saturday, 10am-2pm.  Heritage Week - August 19th-22nd, 10am-2pm

Fee:  €7 adults, €5 students/children

Francis Ledwidge Museum

World War I poet and soldier, Francis Ledwidge was born and raised in this restored C19th labourers cottage containing memorabilia.  The pretty cottage garden reminds us of the poet’s love for nature deep in the countryside of Slane

Address:  Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath

Website:  www.francisledwidge.com

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9824544

Email:  info@francisledwidge.com

Open:  7 days:  Mar-Oct 10am – 5pm, Oct-March 10am-3.30pm

Fee:  €3 adults, €2 seniors and students, €6 family

Loughcrew House & Gardens

Magnificent restored gardens with yew walk, woodland walks, walled garden, canal and parterre – nestled close to the iconic Loughcrew Cairns.  Adventure centre and coffee shop on-site.  Please see website for more details

Address:  Oldcastle, Co. Meath

Website: www.loughcrew.com

Phone: +353 (0) 49 8541356

Email:  info@loughcrew.com

Open:  All year.  Weekdays 10am-5pm, Weekends 11am-5pm.

Fee:  €6 Adults, €5 OPW, €3 Chrildren.  €20 Family.

Sonairte Visitor Eco-Centre & Gardens

Sonairte is a great place for a family day out; developed arund a traditional C18th Irish farmstead.  Visit the productive walled garden and nature trail along the pretty River Nanny and learn about bees at the Bee Museum.  Craft and food fairs all year round.  Coffee shop on-site.  See web for details.

Address:  The Ninch, Laytown, Co Meath

Website:  www.sonairte.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9827572

Email:  info@sonairte.ie

Open: Tues-Sun, Jan-Nov, 10.30am-5pm, Dec closes 4.30pm

Fee:  €2 Adult.

St. Marys Abbey, High Street, Trim, Co. Meath 

An intriguing, medieval abbey dating back to 1415 with walled kitchen garden overlooking the River Boyne and Trim Castle.  Converted to a manor house and then a school.  St. Mary has centuries of history to tell.

Address:  High Street, Trim, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 2057176

Email:  phiggins@reganmcentee.ie

Web:  www.boynevalleygardentrail.com

Open: Various dates throughout the year – see website for details

Fee:  €5 Adult - €2 Unwaged

By Appointment Gardens

Balrath House and Courtyard

A perfectly romantic Georgian house built in 1760, set in idyllic gardens, Balrath House offers 4 star self-catering accommodation.  Please see website for reservations and to book a visit.  

Address:  Navan, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9825749

Open: Garden by appointment 

Web:  balrathcourtyard.com

Bramley Cottage

Jane McCorkell, seven times Gold Medal winner at Bloom opens her own gorgeous garden by appointment in June.  Pelase see her website for more details and to book a visit.

Address:  The Rath Farm, Kilsallaghan, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 6839520

Email:  jane@janemccorkell.com

Web:  www.janemccorkell.com

Open: June.  Please contact the owner for an appointment

College Hill House

This lovely 1820’s house and Bed and Breakfast accommodation and is set in three acres of delightful landscaped garden and grounds.  For reservations and group visits please see website.

Address:  Braystown, Slane, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9824768

Email:  eileen@collegehillhouse.ie

Web:  www.collegehillhouse.ie

Open: Year Round

Collon House

Historic home built in 1740, with fine Georgian interiors and an enclosed, ornamental garden with period planting.  Award winning period accommodation is offered.  Tea/Coffee by arrangement.  Please see website for more details.

Address:  Collon, Co. Louth

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 2355645

Email:  collonhousereception@gmail.com

Web:  www.collonhouse.com

Open:  By appointment only

Julianstown Village Garden

This Award Winning Village Garden has an orchard, woodland, flowerbeds, soft fruit bushes, herbs, pond and scattered seating.  Plants for pollinators and biodiversity encourage bees and butterflies.  Teddy Bears' Picnic.  June 11th.  Halloween Night Event October 31st.  Check website for details.

Address:  Julianstown, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 86 3477283

Email:  nuil1@eircom.net

Websitewww.julianstowncommunity.com

Open:  Open All Year

Fee:  Free

Rosemount

Once upon a time, "Rosemount" was a commercial orchard, sloping down to the treacherous river Nanny.  Today, it is an enchanted riverscape garden set on ten acres, studded with a collection of unusual trees and outhouses.  Teas, apéritifs, music lectures, political and economic talks by arrangement.

Address: Julianstown Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9829302

Email:  martin@alioth.eu

Website:  www.boynevalleygardentrail.com

Open:  Open by appointment only

Fee:  Group guided tour €5 per person, min €75 per group

Tankardstown House

Tankardstown comprises 80 acres of woodland, parkland, courtyards and walled gardens.  A 500m lime tree avenue leads up to the late C18th Manor House with wonderfully tended gardens and surrounds.  The walled kitchen garden supplies the award winning Brabazon Restaurant.  

Address:  Rathkenny, Slane, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9824621

Email:  info@tankardstown.ie

Websitewww.tankardstown.ie

Open:  Garden by appointment only

Garden Centres

Boyne Garden Centre

Multi-Award winning garden centre including 'Best in Show' at BLOOM 2016 and five successive Gold Medals at BLOOM, Ireland since 2012.  Renowned for their unique selection of top quality plants, grown in their nursery with an emphasis on varieties that encourage pollinators and biodiversity.  See website for plant catalogue.

Address:  Ardcalf, Slane, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9824350

Email:  boynegardencentre@eircom.net

Web:  www.boynegardencentre.ie

Open:  March-Sept, Mon-Sat 9.30-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm (inc Bank Holidays) Oct-Feb, Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm.

Ratoath Garden Centre

A garden centre in a garden with beautifully planted borders.  One of the largest show gardens in Ireland.  Please check website for free informative Summer gardening talks.  Sample tasy treats at the Wildflower Café and shop in the eclectic gift shop.  

Address:  Raystown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 1 8256678

Email:  ratoathgardencentre@hotmail.com

Web:  www.ratoathgardencentre.ie

Open:  Summer, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.  Winter, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Riverlane Nurseries

Owned by John and Eileen Eivers – winner of Gold, Gilt and Silver medals at BLOOM, the nursery specialises in herbaceous perennials and cottage garden plants.

Address:  Roristown Lodge, Trim, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 6363506

Email:  info@riverlane.ie

Web:  www.riverlane.ie

Open:  March – September, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5.30pm.  Oct-Feb, Weds-Sat 10am-5pm


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