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Mount Congreve Gardens
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Mount Congreve Gardens, just 10 minutes from Waterford city, is a great garden of the world – a 70 acre woodland garden with stunning views and 16 kilometres of paths to explore the gardens.


Words can only convey a small impression of what Mount Congreve has to offer. To get a full appreciation of what has been achieved here in such a short time by Mr Ambrose Congreve, one has to visit the garden as the seasons unfold.

The gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford, consist of around seventy acres of intensively planted woodland garden and a four acre walled garden. The owner, the late Mr Ambrose Congreve, was inspired by Mr Lionel de Rothschild’s exceptional garden at Exbury in Hampshire, England.

It was here that his interest in gardening was nurtured and he became infected with a passion and enthusiasm for plants such as Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world.

The entire collection consists of over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants.

The gardens are amazing.

About Mount Congreve

Mount Congreve House was built in about 1760 by the local architect John Roberts, who subsequently designed both Waterford cathedrals.  His client was John Congreve of Waterford, whose father the first Ambrose Congreve had played a prominent part in the development of the city until his early death in 1741.

The Congreves were in constant residence and the estate passed in direct descent from father to son until the recent death of the late Mr Ambrose Congreve.  On inheriting the house in 1963 Mr Congreve remodelled and embellished the house.

However Mount Congreve is ultimately famous for being the home of one of “the great gardens of the World”

Highlights include:
  • The largest plant collection in Ireland
  • 70 acres of woodland garden
  • 4 acre working walled garden
  • 16 km’s of paths
  • Many hidden treasures

Visitor Information

Open March to October

Thursdays to Sundays (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 11:00 - 17:30

Guided tours available in english. Pre-booking required.

Contact Details

Mount Congreve Estate
Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford

T. +353 (0)51 384 115
E: admin@mountcongreve.com
W: www.MountCongreve.com

Closed: November to end of February. The gardens may close in extreme weather.

Last admission: 16:30 - one hour before closing time

Approx. visit duration: Allow at least 90 minutes

Footwear: Some of the footpaths are uneven; appropriate footwear is advised.

Admission Prices 2016

Adult / Senior / Student: €5.00
Child (aged 0-11): Free

Guided tours available in English at extra cost. Pre-booking required.

Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Leaflets in English, German, French and Polish

DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Tea rooms serving hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, paninis and ice cream. 

PICNICS
Picnic tables are provided. 

SHOPPING
Garden shop selling plants and vegetables straight from the Walled Garden. Take a piece of Mount Congreve home with a plant propagated in its own nursery.

PARKING
Free car and coach parking onsite.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Some steep inclines are not suitable for wheelchairs. Some of the footpaths are uneven. Accessible toilets.

ONLY ASSISTANCE DOGS
Due to the nature of the gardens, no dogs other than registered guide dogs are allowed. 

GROUPS
Groups welcome. Pre-booking required for groups of 10 or over. Tea rooms can cater for a maximum of 20 - pre-booking required.

ACCOLADES & AWARDS
Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2015
7th in tripadvisor “top ten places to visit in Ireland” 2015
President’s choice award, “Massachusetts Horticulture Society” - Great Garden of the World 2006  

Map Location

It is easily accessible. 10 minutes from Waterford City center or Waterford Airport,  90 minutes from Dublin, 90 minutes from Cork, on the N25. 

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