Heaven for lovers of chocolate and ice cream everywhere, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a working chocolate and ice cream factory, offering chocolate workshops, with a cafe-ice cream parlour and free play area on the site. Set in a beautiful north-east Carlow, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland attracts all ages to its award-winning authentic chocolate experience – from school tours to active retirement groups, everyone is a kid when it comes to delicious chocolate. Visitors can enjoy making and decorating their own chocolate product mould, once outside workshop times, while enjoying a complimentary hot chocolate. Spacious parking, indoor and outdoor seating. wheelchair and buggy friendly.
AWARDS: The Chocolate Garden of Ireland have won Gold for The Chocolate category at Blas na hEireann recently for their Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels; and Bronze for their Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread.
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland also won the Customer Service Award (Retail) in the recent Innovate Carlow Awards.
HOW TO FIND US: On the R725 between Tullow and Shillelagh, 5 km from Tullow; next door to Rathwood and Woodlands Falconry.
GPS: 52.795927, – 6.661862
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday and Bank Holidays 1 – 6 p.m.
ADMISSION CHARGE: Workshops must be pre-booked. €12.50 per person. Chocolate mould -making (€10 pp) is available daily, no booking necessary. Booking required with all groups of 15 or more.