Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum is open to the public.

Due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) we request that visitors please respect the social distancing guidelines issued by the HSE.

  • Due to recent high numbers visiting Woodstock Gardens and COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Kilkenny County Council will be limiting numbers to the Gardens. If the car park,  picnic area, or playground reach capacity, access to the gardens will be restricted to a one car out, one in basis.
  • We will have a contactless payment facility in place at the car park.
  • The Tea Room and Coffee Van are now closed for the season, and will re-open in the Spring.
  • Please note that Dogs are welcome at Woodstock Gardens, but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Woodstock Gardens

Woodstock Gardens are located in the south east of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer the visitor a wide variety of attractions and are a most relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day. The gardens are currently undergoing restoration by Kilkenny County Council and further features and planting are being added all the time.

The main development of Woodstock Gardens occurred in the Victorian Period with the works being overseen by Lady Louisa Tighe nee Lennox and head gardeners, Pierce Butler and later Charles McDonald. The gardens are being restored to the period 1840 -1890 with every effort being made to use plants and materials typical of the era.

The gardens are home to a mix of formal and informal gardens with an arboretum, walled garden, terraced garden, yew walk and rose garden providing the main interest. Also of significance are two stunning avenues, the Monkey Puzzle Avenue and Noble Fir Avenue. Also of interest is a rustic summer house, constructed from materials from the gardens and a fountain to replace the original which was sold from the gardens c.1930. The arboretum is home to many fine specimen trees from Asia and South America in particular. A number of these trees are recognised as champion trees due to their size.  Nearby to the Arboretum is the Walled Garden laid out with fruit trees, a vegetable garden and a beautiful herbaceous border. Just outside the Walled garden is our stunning cast iron conservatory which houses the tea shop.  Enjoy your visit.