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Gardens of Tipperary
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Gardens of Tipperary

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Discover the Gardens of Tipperary and enjoy a holiday to the Premier County; a truly unique and special experience.

On this four day break to Tipperary you will enjoy a visit to the lush green gardens of Killurney, which was voted ‘Best in Ireland’ in the last All Ireland Garden Competition, the award winning private garden of Killmacomma and Ballyhist Garden with its spectacular backdrop of the Knockmealdown Mountains.

We are privileged to visit these and other private gardens in Tipperary, open exclusively for Travel Department, where you will receive guided tours and tips from the owners.

Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Travel Duration

Dublin to first stop Day 1: Approx. 2 hours.

Packing List
  • Rain jacket
  • Walking stick (if you use one)
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

Killurney Gardens

Killurney, the garden of Mildred Stokes, which was voted ‘Best in Ireland’ in the last All Ireland Garden Competition. With over 80 different types of roses, a Judas tree, a trickling stream and more, Mildred’s garden prides itself on being a kaleidoscope of colour provided by the wonderful selection of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and alpines plus a special collection of hostas. 

Swiss Cottage

A delightful 'cottage orné' built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall to a design by the famous Regency architect John Nash. Its interior contains a graceful spiral staircase and some elegantly decorated rooms. The wallpaper in the Salon manufactured by the Dufour factory is one of the first commercially produced Parisian wallpapers.  Situated on an elevated site with access by stone steps.

Fruitlawn Garden

Created by garden designer Arthur Shackleton Fruitlawn Garden covers approx. 1 acre within a walled setting. The garden has a formal layout, with paths, hedges and a hornbeam tunnel dividing it across the middle. The different spaces within the garden include large perennial borders, which have a mass of changing colour and texture throughout the summer.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Travel Duration

Dublin to first stop Day 1: Approx. 2 hours.

Packing List
  • Rain jacket
  • Walking stick (if you use one)
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1: Travel to Tipperary & Killurney Gardens

Morning

Travel to Tipperary & Dove Hill Centre

Depart from The Alex Hotel in Dublin by coach, with a comfort stop en route. Visit to Dove Hill Centre where there is free time for lunch.

Afternoon

Killurney Gardens

Visit Killurney, the garden of Mildred Stokes, which was voted ‘Best in Ireland’ in the last All Ireland Garden Competition. With over 80 different types of roses, a Judas tree, a trickling stream and more, Mildred’s garden prides itself on being a kaleidoscope of colour provided by the wonderful selection of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and alpines plus a special collection of hostas. Transfer to your hotel where we dine together as a group each evening.

Day 2: Swiss Cottage & Garden and Ballyhist

Morning

Swiss Cottage, Cahir

Your full day excursion will begin in Cahir, with a guided tour of the famous Swiss Cottage, a fine example of ‘cottage ornée,’ or ornamental cottage. Once owned by Lord and Lady Cahir, it dates back to 1810. Free time for lunch at Cahir House Hotel.

Afternoon

Ballyhist Garden

Visit the scenic hilltop garden of Ballyhist for a tour of their unusual garden. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Knockmealdown Mountains, this garden features a young pergola walk, a sunken garden and water feature with a Japanese bridge. Refreshments before departure to Clonmel where there is free time to explore this lovely town.

Day 3: Kilmacomma Garden, Dundrum Garden Centre and two Private Gardens

Morning

Kilmacomma Garden & Private Garden visit

Visit to Pauline Hegarty’s private garden, Killmacomma, an award-winning garden that contains a wide variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. It also has a Japanese area and two water features. This is a small but delightful garden, beautifully maintained. Travel to Ballymacarbry for a visit to Mrs. N. Norris' private garden. Lunch arranged at a local restaurant (at own expense).

Afternoon

Private Garden & Dundrum Nursery

Afternoon excursion will be a visit to a private garden, where you can view a tapestry of spectacular planting, on a guided tour by the Head Gardener. Then on to Dundrum Nursery, a privately owned garden centre full of treasures.

Day 4: Private Garden, Fruitlawn Garden and return to Dublin

Morning

Private Garden

Your first stop will be a visit to the ever-extending garden of one of Tipperary’s famous stud farms.

Afternoon

Fruitlawn Garden & Return to Dublin

Travel to Abbeyleix to the Fruitlawn Garden for lunch in the house before a tour of this beautiful garden, with its extensive collection of rare and unusual plants, by Arthur Shackleton. Return to The Alex Hotel late afternoon.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Minella 4

Conveniently located close to Clonmel on the banks of the River Suir the elegantly furnished historic Hotel Minella is deally placed for touring the lovely gardens of Tipperary.  Guest rooms are comfortable and well equipped and it is the ideal place to unwind after a busy d... read more read more read more

Conveniently located close to Clonmel on the banks of the River Suir the elegantly furnished historic Hotel Minella is deally placed for touring the lovely gardens of Tipperary.  Guest rooms are comfortable and well equipped and it is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

Hotel address
Hotel Minella
Coleville Rd, Croan Lower
Clonmel
Co. Tipperary
Clonmel
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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