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Places of Interest

All Places of Interest listed below are within 30 minutes drive from the area.

Huntington Castle and Gardens chief attraction is possibly German sculptor Ulrick Rueckriem’s world-famous installation. Other attractions include a 1625 castellated house and extensive gardens first laid out in the 17th century. Look out for native Irish trees, a wilderness garden by the river Derry with Ireland’s earliest water turbine. The mini power station began supplying electricity to the estate in 1888. Guided tours of the house are available.
Location; Clonegal Village


A hidden treasure, Myshall Memorial Church is a unique miniature of Salisbury Cathedral. A London businessman, John Duguid, built the tiny church in 1913 in memory of his wife and daughter. Highlights include exquisite woodcarvings, stained glass windows with representations of local countryside and ironwork. The beautiful marble floor and the Chancel were inspired by St Mark’s in Venice and the granite pillars came from Aberdeen. The church is also known as the Adelaide Memorial Church.
Location; Myshall Village, Co. Carlow


Charles Lanyon built Newtonbarry House in 1883. This stark and imposing mansion was his last project. Unusually, the gardens, or parts of them, are older than the house. The sunken garden, for example, dates from the 18th century. Other attractions for garden lovers include a rose garden, a pond garden and acres of landscaped parkland set against the backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains. Newtonbarry House’s gallery is part of the Wexford Arts Trail. Group and solo exhibitions are held here.
Location; Bunclody, Co. Wexford


Altamont Gardens is known as the most romantic garden in Ireland, and it’s ranked in the top 10. A Robinsonian or Arts and Craft style garden it gracefully melds formal and informal elements while blending in with its surroundings. Rows of clipped yews lead down a slope to a pretty lake surrounded by rare trees and shrubs. Other highlights include a bog garden and an ice-age glen full of ancient oaks, old-fashioned roses and an outstanding collection of herbaceous plants.
Location; Kilbride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Commitment to excellent customer service, quality products, unbeatable choice and value for money has earned Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre the coveted title of Bord Glas Garden Centre of the Year and the National Award for Best Customer Service on many occasions.
Location; Kilkenny Road (N9), Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

Delta Sensory Gardens are an ambitious new project, consisting of a series of interconnecting gardens of a multi-sensory nature covering 2.5 acres. The first of their kind in Ireland they combine the attraction of a tourist facility with a therapeutic focus and benefit, for people of all abilities.
Location: Strawhall Industrial Estate, Carlow

Hardymount Gardens One of the largest Spanish chestnuts in the country greets you on arrival to one hectare of lawns and shrubs surrounded by magnificent beech and oak trees. A wonderful walled garden behind the house contains many unusual plants and flowers in the herbaceous border. The grass paths take you past the pond with lilies and fish to the apple tree area and a vegetable garden. A Summer House at the end of the garden in a sheltered corner provides a quiet area for rest and relaxation. A truly amazing walled garden full of colour and vigour matches the owner's enthusiasm and commitment to gardening.
Location: Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Rathwood Home, Gift & Garden World, is simply a treasure chest of interesting and unusual ideas, incorporating an array of household items that add an extra special touch to any home. An extensive 4 star garden centre carries an impressive selection of plants, many rare and unusual, garden furniture, outdoor living accessories, lighting and pots. Customers from the green fingered to the fledging gardener are guaranteed expert advice and friendly assistance so you can enjoy all-year round colour and fragrance.
Location: Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Ardattin Cottage Museum in the tiny townland of Ardattin attracts visitors from all around the world and it has featured on television and radio. The fully restored and very pretty cottage is crammed with fascinating items old and new. Among them, vintage radios from the early 1920s, wind-up gramophones, old sewing machines, domestic machinery and antique toys. The Museum is usually open on Sunday afternoons and at other times by appointment only.
Location; Ardattin, Tullow, Co. Carlow


Shean Garden; A 400-year-old cottage beneath the foothills of Mount Leinster is the setting for this informal garden. A one-acre patchwork of six smaller gardens is stitched together with hedges, small trees and shrubs. Highlights include rare plants, trees and shrubs, including Liquidambar, Parrotia Persica and Acer Griseum, massive standing stones imaginatively used and an impressive Iris bed. Afternoon teas are available by prior request as well as plant advice and cuttings. There is restricted access for wheelchairs.
Location; Garryhill, Bagenalstown Co. Carlow


Tullow Museum; Tullow is a bustling market town with many handsome granite buildings. One of them houses the town’s museum. Next to a bridge over the River Slaney, the former church is now home to an excellent collection of local and regional material detailing the area’s rich rural heritage. Exhibits include items relating to the 1798 Rebellion and its leader, Father John Murphy, who was executed in Tullow. The church itself dates from 1860 and features a fine Gothic doorway.
Location; Bridge Street, Tullow, Co. Carlow


Wild Irish Crafts is a craft centre specializing in the conservation and propagation of wild Irish flowers. Visitors can follow the Centre’s new nature trail, which climbs to a viewing point with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. If inspired, they can then buy plants and seeds for their own garden. The trail has wheelchair access. Other attractions include a windmill, a pond, a picnic area and a shop selling everything from pressed flowers to Victorian jewellery.
Location; Kilquiggan, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Lisnavagh Victorian Gardens are set against the Gothic splendour of Lisnavagh House, built in 1847 by Daniel Robertson. He also designed the gardens which were laid out around the same time. Much of their original design has been preserved, and visitors can still see a walled garden, rock gardens and mixed borders. Look out for the old Irish yews and, in spring, snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. The gardens are open to groups by appointment.
Location; Rathvilly, Co. Carlow


Shankill Castle started life as a Butler tower house. In 1708 it was rebuilt as a castle and set into landscaped grounds. Now the castle’s best feature, they have been evolving and growing over the last three centuries. Highlights now include Victorian laurel lawns, Giant Redwood trees, a restored ornamental canal, fragments of 18th-century lime walks and a walled garden. In the Castle, there’s a Georgian staircase and plenty of ornate plasterwork. Visitors can join guided tours of the house.
Location; Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow


Clonmore Castle is a typical 13th-century Anglo-Norman castle - plain and square with two rectangular towers and two turrets at its corners. These fortifications were not enough though, to stop it being captured by the Earl of Kildare in 1516, the Earl of Ormond in 1598, and Cromwell in 1650. Near the castle a high cross can be seen and the remains of another nearby. Inside the castle, some of the original layout can still be seen.
Location; Clonmore, Co. Carlow

Only half of Ferns Castle is still standing, but it’s an impressive half. The centrepiece, a massive wall fragment, is from a round tower. Another more intact tower stands next to it, its curtain wall still attached. Both have survived from the 13th century. Other highlights include a dungeon carved out of solid rock, a circular chapel with a carved ornament and some original fireplaces. Ferns Castle is managed by the state and guided tours are available.
Location; Ferns Village, Co. Wexford

Mill Gardens are Victorian in origin and they have retained many features and plants from that time. Highlights include an orchard full of ancient gnarled apple trees, a bog garden, an interesting Zen garden planted among rocky outcrops and a reclaimed island planted with native Irish trees. Year-round interest is provided by spring bulbs, summer-flowering perennials and evergreens. Look out for the newly restored Victorian Fernery, sandwiched between two old railway bridges.
Location; Borris, Co. Carlow


Leighlinbridge Black Castle is one of Ireland’s earliest Norman castles and nearby lie the ruins of the country’s first Carmelite priory, built in 1270 by Carew. The castle was rebuilt in 1547 by Edward Bellingham, but sacked by Cromwellian forces in 1650. A broken castle tower, which is 50 feet tall, and the bawn wall make up the ruins seen today. Leighlinbridge is a pretty and ancient riverside village on the Barrow Way.
Location; Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

Borris House is one of Ireland’s most important country estates. It’s also one of the few with an unbroken history going all the way back to Ireland’s oldest Royal families. The McMorrough Kavanagh family have lived here since the 15th century. Attractions include 600 acres of parkland, a walled garden, an ancient oak woodland, lavish interiors and magnificent scenery all around. Events include opera and exhibitions and guided tours of the house can be arranged.
Location; Borris, Co. Carlow

The Bay Garden. Francis and Iain MacDonald have transformed a neglected orchard into a series of stunning garden rooms. Among them, a woodland garden, with many rare and unusual trees, a formal rose garden and a pool garden, planted with pastels and silvers. Another garden offers a range of herbaceous borders including a hot border and an unusual funereal border with black flowers and grasses. Other attractions at the Bay Garden include tearooms and plants for sale.
Location; Camolin, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Duckett’s Grove is an enormous Gothic ruin surrounded by nearly 11 acres of walled and landscaped gardens. Access to the estate is through one of Ireland’s most elaborate gate lodges. Its embattled towers, Gothic windows and great archways were designed by John MacDuff Derick in the mid 19th century. Duckett’s Grove is the former home of the Duckett family. Nearly completely destroyed by fire in 1933, it was never rebuilt. It’s now owned by Carlow County Council.
Location; Rainstown, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow


Cathedral of St Lazerian This is one of Ireland’s smallest medieval cathedrals, but it was once one of the most important in Leinster. It’s now regarded as one of the finest 12th-century cathedrals in Ireland. Founded in 632 by Saint Lazerian, the current building mostly dates from 1181, although there have been many additions since then. They include the tower and the north chapel. Highlights include a four-bay sedilia from the 13th century, probably unique in Ireland, an 11th-century font. Guided tours are available by prior request.
Location; Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow


St Aidan’s Cathedral was built in 1843. It was designed by the same person who co-designed London’s Houses of Parliament. Augustus Welby Pugin created Enniscorthy’s cathedral in the same neo-Gothic style. Features include a fine façade, a beautiful reredos carved from Caen stone and a great north window with intricate stone tracery. The cathedral was severely damaged over the centuries but restored to its original design in 1994 when authentic colours, materials and techniques were used. The restoration took almost a year.


Wexford County Museum in Enniscorthy is a treasure trove of local artefacts. They include agricultural, military and domestic items. Just as interesting is the Museum’s home, the 13th-century Norman castle in which Edmund Spenser wrote his epic poem, ‘The Faerie Queene’. A later resident was Sir Henry Wallop, whose mistreatment of his staff gave us the word wallop. In the 1798 Rising the United Irishmen took the castle. Their made their last stand at Vinegar Hill near here. Memorabilia from that time can also be seen in the Museum.
Location; Enniscorthy Castle, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Although situated in Bunclody this golf and fishing club is within the area of Clonegal and Kildavin. It is a wonderful attraction for the whole area and provides facilities second to none in Ireland. Bunclody golf and fishing club is a touch of paradise for the golfer or fisherman or woman but it also is a wonderful venue for meals or a visit just to get away from it all. The website is worth a visit as it leads you through the beauty and glory of this top class club on our doorstep.
http://www.bunclodygfc.ie/

To discover other places of interest around the Carlow area you can log on to the Carlow Tourism site by clicking on the link below:
http://www.carlowtourism.com