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Wicklow Garden Tour At Barberstown Castle

Barberstown Castle is ideally located just 30 minutes from Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland. 

The ideal first Garden Visit in Wicklow can start in one of two places, Killruddery House and Gardens or Powerscourt House and Gardens. Both are located within close proximity of each other and if you are on a tight timetable you could visit both in the one day.


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Situated on Dublin’s doorstep, home to the Brabazon Family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618 and currently the home of the 15th Earl of Meath. Killruddery Gardens are unique in that they are the oldest in Ireland still surviving in their original 17th century style together with 18th and 19th century additions. The Gardens were designed for the entertainment of a large number of people and therefore the scale is comparable to that of a park. The Gardens should be regarded as mainly the work of the 4th and 6th Earls.

Powerscourt House and Gardens:

A house and garden of world renown, Powerscourt is a sublime blend of parkland, terraces, statuary, walled enclosures, rambling walks and ornamental lakes.  Blending formal gardens, statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret nooks, walks, walled gardens and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. 

Travelling just 30 minute south by car you reach the Mount Usher Gardens.

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Mount Usher Gardens

offers visitors to these exceptionally lovely gardens a very enjoyable and relaxing day out for everyone from the seriously knowledgeable gardener to those who just enjoy a gentle stroll in pleasant surroundings.

 The River Vartry is the central feature of the 20 acre gardens, which are planted in the informal Robinsonian style, presenting a magnificent collection of trees, plants and shrubs in romantic sylvan settings and shimmering river vistas.

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(Photos courtesy of Mt. Usher Gardens)

From Mount Usher travel to Glendalough National Park, not a garden but due to its spectaular natural beauty, it should not be missed on any journey through Wicklow.

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Leaving Glendalough cross the Wicklow mountains and pay a visit to Russborough House.

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Russborough welcomes visitors to the demesne (estate) to explore the grounds and walks, explore the rich heritage and the lovely rooms, learn about the Sir Alfred Beit Art Collection, enjoy the Maze, relax and discuss the history of Russborough over a cup of tea or coffee.
You can begin with a leisurely walk around the grounds in front of the house, and view the magnificent mansion from the far side of the lake. Why not try the Maze and see how far you can get?

Further information:
Mount Usher Gardens:
Powerscourt House & Gardens:

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