Boyne Valley Garden Trail | Discover Boyne Valley Meath, Ireland

Boyne Valley Garden Trail

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

Augustinian Garden of Remembrance

Adjoining the Augustinian Church and drawing on it’s monastic heritage the garden holds the names of loved ones to be remembered in a peaceful setting formed by pleached lime trees and standing stones surrounding a water memorial. Holly, Juniper, soft fruit trees, flowering herbaceous varieties and aromatic herbs fill the garden. 

  • Address:  Augustinian Garden of Remembrance, Shop Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Website:  www.boynevalleygardentrail.com
  • Phone:  +353 (0)41 9838409
  • Open:  Apr-Oct 9am - 6pm, Nov-Mar 9am -3pm
  • Fee:  Free 

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. 

  • Address:  Dunleer, Co. Louth
  • Website:  www.boynevalleygardentrail.com
  • Phone:  +353 (0) 41 6851205
  • Open:  Open by appointment and for Heritage Week 2021 from 14th to 22nd August. 
  • Fee:  €5.  Children Free 

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge House and Gardens 

Restored Victorian Walled garden with unique sunken octagonal garden, herbaceous borders, peach house, dog kennels and bothy with exhibition about the walled gardens in the area. Admission to the gardens is free of charge. Dogs and ball games are not permitted in the gardens. 

Address:  Drogheda, Co. Meath

Website:  www.battleoftheboyne.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9809950

Email:  battleoftheboyne@opw.ie

Open:  All year except Christmas and New Year

Fee:  Gardens are free.  Bookings are required for the Visitor Centre which has free admission for 2021. 

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-Mar 10am-3.30pm

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

Killineer House and Gardens

Early C19th spectacular woodland gardens with beautiful spring flowering shrubs and trees. Formal paths and terraces lead to a picturesque lake and 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) 86 2323783

Email:  charles.p.carroll@gmail.com

Open:  Aug 14th- 28th

Fee:  €6 garden tour

Listoke House and Garden

Beautiful Edwardian garden with rare and special herbeaceous plants, woodland walk and a small menagerie of feathered friends to delight all ages.  Holistic Centre offering yoga classes, day retreats, sound healing and more.

Address:  Ballymakenny Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Website:  www.listoke.com 

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

Email:  info@listoke.com

Open:  Enquire directly with Listoke Garden

Fee:  Please contact Listoke House for holistic centre fees.

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:  14th- 22nd August 2021 for Heritage Week. Also open Monday to Saturday in September. 

Fee:  €7 adults, €5 students/children

Sonairte Visitor Eco-Centre & Gardens

Sonairte, with an historic Georgian farmstead, features a walled organic garden, nature trail and ancient rath with views of Ballygarth Castle, the River Nanny estuary and the Irish Sea. Visit the Bee Museum and the Energy Education Suite. Vegetarian/ vegan cafe and eco-shop with organic, zero waste, fair trade and low carbon footprint products on sale.

Address:  The Ninch, Laytown, Co Meath

Website:  www.sonairte.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9827572

Email:  hello@sonairte.ie

Open: Friday, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. 

St. Mary’s Abbey, 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: Enquire directly with St Mary's Abbey

Fee:  €5 Adult - €2 Unwaged

 

By Appointment Gardens

Balrath House and Courtyard 

Superb Georgian house dating to 1750 surrounded by 1.5 acres of lovely landscaped gardens in the centre of the Boyne Valley. Contact Frances for appointments and groups. 

Address:  Navan, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9825749/ (0) 87 9547883

Open: Garden by appointment 

Web:  balrathcourtyard.com

Beaulieu House and Garden 

C18th walled garden overlooking the river Boyne, planted with a vibrant double herbaceous border, fruit trees, knot garden, lawns and restored C18th pavillion. See website for events.

Address:  Drogheda, Co. Louth

Website: www.beaulieuhouse.ie

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9838557

Email:  beaulieu.house.garden@gmail.com

Open:  By appointment for Groups 10-15 until 30 September and Heritage Week 14th-22nd August(numbers will be managed in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions)

Bee Wise 

A five acre nature trail with a young woodland, flowering/ fruiting hedgerows and wildflower areas, planted to encourage a diversity of wildlife.  There is a 1.5km path with information points and spots to sit and listen to the birds or watch the butterflies and bees. There is a large working observation hive to view the fascinating life of the honey bee. 

Address: Crerogue, Kilmessan, Co Meath 

Website: www.beewise.ie

Email: paddy@beewise.ie

Phone: +353 (0) 86 3446791

Open: Open Sundays, Wednesdays (July/August) and by Appointment for Private Tours (10 or more). For private bookings or tours please contact Paddy through the website or email paddy@beewise.ie.

College Hill House

College Hill House, built in 1795 as a parochial house, is set in 3 acres of exciting gardens with all- year-round interest. Features a fine quality example of ancient rock art and other architectural stone works. For group visits please see website. 

Address:  Braystown, Slane, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 1400220

Email:  eileen@collegehillhouse.ie

Web:  www.collegehillhouse.ie

Open: By appointment only

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

The Cottages Ireland 

The Cottages are a dreamy hamlet of 300 year old thatched cottages, set in large organic flower gardens, by the seaside. 

Address:  Seabank, Coast Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath 

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 982 8104

Email:  lizpickett@cottages-ireland.com

Website:  cottages-ireland.com

Open:  By appointment September and October for groups of 10 or more. 

Herberts' Garden

Designer James McConnell’s garden features a formal beech garden, boxwood parterre and a rose garden with a folly. Enjoy the lime walk, hornbeam arbour and vistas of parkland beautifully laid out around an early C19th farmhouse. A new walled garden is now open as part of the tour. Occasional art displays. Conveniently accessible from the M3.

Address:  Churchtown, Navan, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 85 782 9966

Email:  jfjmcconnell@gmail.com

Website:  herberts.ie

Open:  Saturdays and by appointment. Pre-booking required for groups. 

Fee:  €5 pp. No dogs. Not suitable for small children

Julianstown Village Garden

This Award Winning Village Garden transformed from a derelict 3 acre site has an orchard, woodland, pollinating flowerbeds, soft fruit bushes, herbs and pond with seating scattered throughout. Created by volunteer village residents, it achieved green flag status for 2019-2020. It hosts regular family events. Check website for details.

Address:  Julianstown, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 86 3477283

Email:  nuil1@eircom.net

Website:  www.julianstowncommunity.com

Open:  Open All Year

Fee:  Free. 

Kilgar Gardens

Kilgar Gardens covers an area of 3 acres comprising of beautifully planted formal & informal garden rooms, graduating to a more naturalistic style of planting towards the outer reaches. Tearooms open serving beverages, scones and Laura's delicious homemade cakes. 

Address: Gallow, Kilcock, Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 134 4950

Email: kilgargardens@gmail.com 

Website:  kilgargardens.com 

Open:  Weekends May -Sept. Groups by appointment.

Fee:  €5 per person

Rosemount

Rosemount is a ten acre parkland sloping down to the banks of the temperamental River Nanny. It is planted with a mixture of native trees and shrubs, interspersed with with parkland specimen trees.  A separate guest house can be used for refreshments and lectures. Snacks and drinks by arrangement. 

Address: Julianstown Co. Meath

Phone:  +353 (0) 87 6125291

Email:  dorothy@alioth.eu

Website:  www.boynevalleygardentrail.com

Open:  Open by appointment only until 30th September

Fee:  Group tour €10 per person including refreshments. Min 6 per group

The Station House Hotel

The Station House is the Boyne Valley’s top country house hotel with exquisitely tended gardens creating an oasis of relaxation. Country-style afternoon teas, with a special discount to Trail visitors can be booked year round. 

Address:  Kilmessan, Co. Meath

Website:  www.stationhousehotel.ie

Phone: +353 (0) 46 902 5239

Email:  info@stationhousehotel.ie 

Open: All year

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

Website:  www.tankardstown.ie

Open:  Garden by appointment only

Garden Centres

Boyne Garden Centre

Multi-Award winning Garden Centre, with several ‘Best in Show’ & eight successive Gold Medals at Bloom. Renowned for their unique selection of top quality plants, grown in their own nursery, with special emphasis on plants that encourage pollinators and biodiversity. See website for catalogue. Members of ISNA [Irish Specialist Nursery Association].

Address:  Ardcalf, Slane, Co. Meath, C15 P92W

Phone:  +353 (0) 41 9824350

Email:  aileen@boynegardencentre.ie

Web:  www.boynegardencentre.ie

Open: March-September: Wednesday- Saturday 9.30am-5pm* Sunday 2pm-5pm.
*Open Easter, May, June & August Bank Holiday Monday.
October- February: Weekends only. Saturday 9.30am-5pm Sunday 2pm-5pm

Ratoath Garden Centre

Owned by John and Bernie Lord who have created one of the largest show gardens in Ireland. Garden walks and talks on request. Visit the Wildflower Cafe for tasty treats and enjoy 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:  Summer hours: April-July - Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 12pm-5.30pm
Autumn: August- Oct Monday to Saturday 10am-2pm
Winter: Nov-Jan: Saturday 10am-4pm
Spring: Feb- March Monday to Saturday 10am-2pm

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