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“Poor visit”
Review of Altamont Gardens

Altamont Gardens
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Tullow
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

This wasn't, in my opinion, a very good trip. It was more of a garden centre than gardens. All flowers were priced and all were dead. We had to pay €2 for the car park which was ridiculous considering you were going in to a messy garden centre which was said to be gardens. There were vegetable patches full of dead and slug eaten vegetables and weeds. There were tools just lying around. Generally, it just wasn't good. I wouldn't go back. If you go in the summer it might be nicer as the plants would be in bloom but if you wanted to see gardens, go somewhere else as this is completely a garden centre.

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"walled garden"
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"coffee shop"
in 25 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 29 reviews
"the river walk"
in 11 reviews
"free entry"
in 13 reviews
"plant shop"
in 11 reviews
"plant sales"
in 10 reviews
"for sale"
in 14 reviews
"old house"
in 11 reviews
"car park"
in 17 reviews
"office of public works"
in 6 reviews
"hidden gem"
in 15 reviews
"water lilies"
in 5 reviews
"few hours"
in 13 reviews
"formal gardens"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful plants"
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"ice age"
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This beautiful set of gardens has many features that delight a gardener. The ruined house (which is under renovation) looks down over a lawns and flowebeds to a lake which is surounded by specimen trees and a good collection of rhododendrons; beyond the lake, the land drops away through a hidden glacial valley in woodland to a walk beside the river Slaney, and returns through open pasture with a small temple in it. There is a well-constructed walled garden which is always very colourful, and a delightful cafe which is open to the air and is set within a laburnum walk.

To a careful eye, there is much new planting and restoration in evidence, with many significant specimen trees placed to mature in keeping with their surroundings eventually.

The charm of the whole place has been lessened slightly by the OPW placing unsightly parking meters in the car-park and a couple of corporate-looking signs in the car-park area, and hopefully they won't do anything further - the car-park is actually an integral part of the garden and house grounds, and has until now blended in unobtrusively.

Go here in February for a stunning array and variety of snowdrops, May for the Rhododendrons, and October for the autumn colours.

Thank Simon H
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

An excellent garden full of old roses and lots of interesting bulbs . A good range perennials and nice walkways. An old house which is under restorations and not open to the public. An good plant centre is attached which is a place for plant hunters.

Thank Thomas Q
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

well worth a visit if you're in the area, stunning scenery, very well maintained. lots of opportunities for some beautiful photographs. free to enter, just have to pay a nomimal amount for parking, the house (can only view the outside) and the resident peacock add to the charm of this worthy location.

Thank karenkh73
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

40 Acres , Lawns bisected by sculpted yews run down to a lake surrounded by rare trees and lead to a garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees. Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen Planted by Corona North, they were left to the State when she passed . now expertly maintained by the Office of Public Works. Coffee shop and garden centre .

Thank mcarch
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