Woodstock Gardens and arboretum are located in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, overlooking the picturesque River Nore valley. The gardens were once regarded as one of the greatest gardens of Ireland created in the Victorian style and represent the gardens created by Colonel William Tighe and his wife, Lady Louisa, in the mid-1800s.
Following the burning of Woodstock House during the Civil War in 1922, the gardens fell into disrepair and were largely forgotten until an ambitious scheme of restoration was undertaken by Kilkenny County Council and the local community under the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Scheme. Woodstock is now a top visitor destination in the South East.
Features to see include the flower terraces, flanked by a re-created Turner conservatory, which is home to our tea shop (open during the summer months). Our walled garden is a productive garden, where many varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers are once again grown. Visit our rose garden which contains many fantastic old Victorian varieties of roses. Also visit our famous Monkey Puzzle and Noble Fir walks and many rare and interesting trees from all over the world in our arboretum.
We are surrounded by the wooded Woodstock Estate where you can take a variety of tranquil woodland walks along the River Nore. The children’s playground, near the carpark, is also very popular.
Cost: €4 per vehicle, which includes admission to the gardens. Large groups and buses by appointment only. Season tickets available for unlimited number of visits per year €45. Guided tours by prior arrangement.