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Altamont Gardens, Carlow

One of Ireland's very special places, Altamont House and Gardens are now in State care and managed by Duchas - The Heritage Service. The extensive gardens - there are three distinct sections or elements - are the work of succeeding generations of the Watson family and were first laid down almost two hundred years ago.

A delightful formal garden, adjacent to the house, leads to the lake area which is a gem in itself. Rare indeed is he who is not totally captivated by the sheer beauty and splendour of this 19th century, man-made creation. This in turn leads to a very different garden - the rough or Wild Garden which features many rare and most interesting shrubs and trees from many countries - the result of the family's travels over the last two hundred years. This in turn finally leads to the awsome and dramatic Ice Age Glen overlooking the River Slaney with its delightful river-side walk.

Address: Tullow, County Carlow
Telephone: 059 91 59444

Altamont Gardens Location Map

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