Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum
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 are currently undergoing restoration 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 are being 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. Also of interest is 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. Nearby to the Arboretum is the Walled Garden laid out with fruit trees, a vegetable garden and a beautiful herbaceous border. Just outside the Walled garden is our stunning cast iron conservatory which houses the tea shop.
- Car Parking, Toilets, Children’s Playground, Coffee Kiosk, Picnic area.
- Limited Wheelchair Access – Mobility buggy available for less able bodied persons, please phone ahead if you wish to avail of this service (free of charge)
- Please not that the Tea Rooms are closed.
- Please note due to staff resources – the toilets, walled garden and coffee kiosk are also closed at 4.30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Guided tours available by appointment only – Please contact John on 087 8549785.
A playground was recently added to the gardens. It is suitable for children under the age of 14. Parents are asked to supervise their children at all times. Please note due to the safety surfacing in the playground which is bark chip, dogs are not permitted in the playground area.
Only open for the summer and are open daily from 11 am to 5.30 pm.
Entry to the Gardens is €4, payable on exit (coin’s only)
Season tickets can also be purchased. The ticket will cost €45 and are available to purchase from Woodstock Gardens or from Kilkenny County Council Parks Section, based in County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.
The season ticket can be used for as many visits to the gardens during the year as you wish.