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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.
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”
- The largest plant collection in Ireland
- 70 acres of woodland garden
- 4 acre working walled garden
- 16 km’s of paths
- Many hidden treasures
Open year round
(May, June, July, August) Daily 10.00 - 17.30
(October, November, December, January, February) Weekends only 10.00 - 16.30
March, April & September
Thursdays to Sundays (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 10.00 - 16:30
Closed: November to end of February. The gardens may close in extreme weather for safety.
Last admission: 16:00
Approx. visit duration: Allow at least 90 minutes
Footwear: Some of the footpaths are uneven; appropriate footwear is advised.
Seniors (aged 65+): €5.00
Child (under 12): Free when accompanied by an adult.
Guided tours available in English at extra cost. Pre-booking is essential please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Useful Information
Leaflets in English, German, French and Spainish
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Tea rooms serving hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, paninis and ice cream.
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.
Free car and coach parking onsite.
Due to the nature of the garden, people with limited mobility may find the terrain outside the walled garden difficult. While they have upgraded their paths, it remains part of a woodland garden and is on a slight incline. They have an accessible toilet inside the café and also inside the walled garden.
ONLY ASSISTANCE DOGS
Due to the nature of the gardens, no dogs other than registered guide dogs are allowed.
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
It is easily accessible. 10 minutes from Waterford City center or Waterford Airport, 90 minutes from Dublin, 90 minutes from Cork, on the N25.Mount Congreve Gardens Nearby Attractions