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Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon Family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618. Conveniently located on the outskirts of the capital where Dublin meets Wicklow, here’s your opportunity to discover a hidden gem. Nature has never been more relaxing with leisurely walks in one of Ireland’s most renowned gardens, filled with beautiful planting and wooded areas, water features and distinctive outdoor “rooms”. Delightful tearooms and guided tours of one of Ireland’s Great Historic Houses are just some of the treats on offer.
Killruddery House is one of the most wonderful Elizabethan-Revival mansions in Ireland. In the 1820’s the 10th Earl engaged the fashionable architects of the day - Richard Morrison and his son William - to remodel Killruddery. In the 1950’s the house was greatly reduced to its present day proportions, but much of the Morrisons' design and architecture still remain.
The Estate is a popular location for many well known movies and TV mini-series including My Left Foot, Far & Away, Angela's Ashes, The Tudors and Camelot.
The Orangery was designed and built by William Burn in 1852 after the fashion of the Crystal Palace in London. The original glass dome was the work of Richard Turner who designed the curvilinear range at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and at Kew Gardens in London. The Orangery houses an interesting collection of marble statues gathered in Italy in the 1830 - 1850 period. Classical figures include Ganymede giving water to Zeus disguised as an eagle; Cyparissus with his dying deer; Cupid with Pysche and Venus. Other prominent busts include Homer, Socrates, Napoleon, William Pitt and Wellington.
The Gardens at Killruddery are the oldest in Ireland still surviving in their original 17th century unique style together with 18th and 19th century additions. They were designed for the entertainment of a large number of people and therefore the scale is comparable to that of a park and should be regarded as mainly the work of the 4th and 6th Earls. A French landscape architect named Bonet, a pupil of Le Notre, was known to have been employed by the Earl of Meath in 1682.
The Angles are the middle section of the garden. They consist of a series of walks flanked by hornbeam, lime or beech hedges which meet at two centre points. The design of the Angles, as seen from The Long Ponds, is known as ''patte d'oie'' or goose feet. Beyond The Angles is an avenue of Ilex trees dating from the 17th century and steps leading to what was known as the bowling green. This area is under restoration. The Long Ponds are twin canals 187 metres long and known as ''miroirs d'eaux'' or reflecting ponds.
Opposite The Angles on the far side of The Long Ponds is a wooded area known as The Wilderness. A gate leads out to the Park and nearby is a statue of Venus. From here one can look back through the centre of the Beech Hedge Pond and beyond. The circular granite edged pond is 20 metres in diameter and the four Victorian cast iron statues at the entrances depict the four seasons of the year. Beyond the Beech Hedge Pond are the gardens laid out in a 19th century style. A low yew hedge encloses a rose and lavender garden with a fountain in the centre.
The Sylvan Theatre is laid out in the Classical style with a high bay hedge and terraced banks. There is no other Sylvan Theatre of the 18th century known in Ireland.
- Killruddery House, one of the most wonderful Elizabethan-Revival mansions in Ireland.
- The Orangery with its interesting collection of marble statues gathered in Italy in the 1830 - 1850 period.
- The Gardens at Killruddery - the oldest in Ireland still surviving in their original 17th century unique style together with 18th and 19th century additions.
- The superb annual programme of events with everything from falconry to bee keeping, and from the Dawn Chorus to outdoor concerts, picnic and great kids events.
- The Tearooms, situated in the old Ornamental Octagonal Dairy and designed by Sir George Hodson.
Open April to October
Please note the different opening hours for house and gardens.
Weekends only 09:30 - 18:00
May - September
Daily 09:30 - 18:00
Weekends only 09:30 - 18:00
Farm market every Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
On Thursday evenings May to September the Gardens are open late until 21:00 and the tearoom serves a special supper menu.
July - September
Guided tours of the house are available in July, August and September at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 or by private appointment for larger groups. Please note that access to the house is by guided tour only. Please check for availability as on occasion the tours may be pre-booked by groups or the house may be closed for a special event.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Killruddery House and Gardens
Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
T: +353 (0)1 286 3405
Closed: November to March.
Last Admission: One hour before closing time.
Approx. visit duration: 90 minutes.
Senior (aged 65+): €5.50
Student (with valid ID): €5.50
Child (aged 4-12): €2.00
Toddler (aged 0-3): Free
Group: (20+ people): €5.50
House (Guided Tours) & Visit to Gardens
Senior (aged 65+): €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 3-12): €3.00
Toddler (aged 0-2): Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children): €22.00
Group: (20+ people, by appointment only): €9:00
Other Useful Information
Leaflets available in English, French, German, Italian and Japenese.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Tearooms are situated in the old Ornamental Octagonal Dairy serving freshly made cream tea and cakes. Kitchen Garden Soup is made with freshly grown ingredients from our Walled Garden. The tearooms are located within the gardens and therefore require the normal entrance ticket. They open at weekends in April and October and daily from May 1 to September 30 from 9:30 until 17:00.
Craft shop on site selling a wide range of locally sourced produce and crafts.
Car and coach parking onsite
There is limited wheelchair access to the house.
Groups (20+ people) are welcome and catered for, year round. The Orangery is available for special event Hire and is a very popular location for wedding ceremonies with canapé receptions. The Orangery houses a collection of marble statues gathered in Italy in the 1830-1850 period. Classical sculptures include Ganymede giving water to Zeus disguised as an eagle; Cyparissus with his dying deer; Cupid with Pysche and Venus arising from the Sea. Prominent busts include Homer, Socrates, Napoleon, William Pitt and Wellington.
Killruddery House & Gardens is situated 20kms south of Dublin, just beyond Bray in Co. Wicklow. Take the M50 southbound onto the N11 then take the Bray/Greystones exit and follow signs to Greystones. We are on the right near the end of the Southern Cross road leading from the N11 to the Greystones Road.Killruddery House and Gardens Nearby Attractions