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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.

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.  The Congreve's lived here for six generations until Mr. Ambrose Congreve's death in 2011, aged 104.

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

Highlights include:
  • One of the largest collections of plants
  • 70 acres of woodland garden
  • 4 acre working walled garden
  • 16 km’s of paths
  • Many hidden treasures

Visitor Information

February - May 
Thursday - Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 17:30

June - August 
Daily 11:00 - 17:30

September - December
Thursday - Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 17:30

Open year-round for guided tours, weather permitting.

Contact Details

Mount Congreve Estate
Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford

T. +353 (0)51 384 115
W: www.MountCongreve.com

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.

Admission Prices 2020

Adult: €7.00
Seniors (aged 65+): €6.00
Child (U16): €3.00
Child (U3): Free when accompanied by an adult.

Guided tours available in English & German at extra cost. Pre-booking is essential please email admin@mountcongreve.com.

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Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Audio Guides & leaflets are available in English, German, French and Spanish.

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

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.

ACCESSIBILITY
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
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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January 1 - December 31 2020
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