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Garden Category: Republic of Ireland Gardens
The Garden, Ballintubbert, in Co. Laois is truly a garden in the making. Having been lovingly restored over the past ten years, it is a continuous on-going work of art. The stunning new garden attraction was opened to the public in July 2012 and is now one of Ireland’s largest public gardens, it was originally home to poet C. Day Lewis (father of Daniel Day Lewis and poet laureate) who was born in the house in 1904 and the actors John Hurt and Sebastian Shaw, who played the role of Anekin Skywalker in Star Wars.
The settlement at Ballintubbert dates back to 1540 with the new garden boasting 14 acres of beautiful landscape arranged almost symmetrically around a Georgian House, in the middle of a divine valley. Perfect for family day trips, gardening enthusiasts, people interested in history and the arts, as well as tourists to Ireland, The Garden, Ballintubbert, offers opportunities for peaceful walks in a formal Irish garden. The Garden is also available to hire as an exclusive event and wedding venue and there are a series of events taking place on the grounds throughout the year, including a Halloween Fest, Sculpture Festival etc., – for an updated list Read more ….
The owners, Fergus and Orna Hoban, have been making The Garden for over ten years now, having restored and significantly expanded it in the Arts and Crafts tradition. Important features include the Lutyens Garden and Robinson Meadows, named after the famous garden designers Edwin Lutyens and William Robinson; the Victorian Secret Garden, the Beech Wood and the Lyttle Orchard.
Guests can explore the gardens or avail of a guided tour at the weekends – prior booking is essential Read more ….
The garden is open seven days a week, from 10am to 6pm from May 1st to October 31st yearly, with season tickets and memberships available with unlimited access during opening hours and invitations to events. The Schoolhouse on the grounds offers teas, coffees, refreshments and lunch. There are no parking charges. Entrance is £10.00 for adults and £3.00 for children with free entry for toddlers up to two years old.