Gardens & Arboretum

Scientific Name – Cupressus lusitanica bethamii A cultivar of the Mexican Cypress, the Bentham Cypress is native to Mexico and was introduced to the British Isles in 1840. It is only found in the UK in Devon and Cornwall where it is extremely rare but is more common in Ireland. It has a narrowly conical […]

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Also known as the Chilean Pine, the Monkey Puzzle Tree is the only frost hardy member of an important Southern Hemisphere family. The tree was introduced into the British Isles in 1795 by Archibald Menzies who was offered the seeds of the tree whilst at dinner with the Governor of Chile. The trees were popular […]

Woodstock is well known for its collection of trees from all over the world and is home to many ‘champions’. Come and see one of  the longest Monkey Puzzle Avenues in Europe, our ‘Champion Coast redwood, the tallest Silver Fir in Ireland and our very rare and important Bentham Cypress. One of the most outstanding features at […]

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 have been restored by Kilkenny County Council […]

The Walled Garden is situated on rising ground in the Pleasure Grounds. The garden is 1.9 acres in extent, delimited by walls of stone and brick. The garden was built in the mid 18th Century and partly re-modelled in the mid 19th century with the addition of circular brick turrets at each of the corners. […]

The grotto and tiled house are located in the north western part of the garden, adjacent to the Walled Garden. The tiled house is a T shaped, rubble stone building with a slate roof. Internally the building is lined with tiles, and also includes a fireplace. The tiled house was built between 1780 and 1800 […]

The terraced flower garden was completed in the early 1850’s by Lady Louisa Tighe. It comprises three long terraces, formerly devoted to annual bedding schemes. The central path was aligned upon a very fine circular conservatory designed and built in 1853-56 by the famous Dublin iron master, Richard Turner and has been described as one […]