Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum

Inistioge, Inistioge, Kilkenny

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Woodstock Gardens are located in the south east of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge. 

The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer the visitor a wide variety of attractions and are a most relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day. The gardens have been restored by Kilkenny County Council and further features and planting are being added all the time.

The main development of Woodstock Gardens occurred in the Victorian Period with the works being overseen by Lady Louisa Tighe nee Lennox and head gardeners, Pierce Butler and later Charles McDonald. The gardens were restored to the period 1840 -1890 with every effort being made to use plants and materials typical of the era.

The gardens are home to a mix of formal and informal gardens with an arboretum, walled garden, terraced garden, yew walk and rose garden providing the main interest. Also of significance are two stunning avenues, the Monkey Puzzle Avenue and Noble Fir Avenue. Recently added are a rustic summer house, constructed from materials from the gardens and a fountain to replace the original which was sold from the gardens c.1930. The arboretum is home to many fine specimen trees from Asia and South America in particular. A number of these trees are recognised as champion trees due to their size.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Monkey Puzzle tree which comes from Chile may of got its name because it would be puzzling for monkeys to climb up its whorls of spiny leaves.

Its also worth noting, there are no monkeys in Chile!

PLAYGROUND

A playground was recently added to the gardens.  It is suitable for children under the age of 14. 

TEA ROOMS

The Woodstock Gardens tearoom is located in the stunning Turner Conservatory overlooking the flower terraces. The tea rooms serve a selection of freshly baked cakes, scones and breads, teas and coffees. On a sunny day you can sit and relax on the terrace outside the tea room. There is a swing nearby and a Dovecote for children to explore while you relax. 

The conservatory structure is from cast iron with specially curved glass for the roof. It was constructed between 1853 and 1856 and has been described as one of his finest works. It is frequently hired as a special location for civil ceremonies and parties.

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Opening hours

Monday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am
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7:00 pm

Latitude: 52.475101

Longitude: -7.060304