Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40
acres (16 hectares). Lawns bisected by sculpted yews, slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees and rhododendrons and lead in turn to a very different garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees. A fascinating walk through the Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen with its canopy of ancient oaks and huge stone outcrops leads the visitor to the River Slaney. “Every visitor says it has a special atmosphere, that’s why so many people come back. Every element you want from a great garden is here, from lovely lawns, floral beds and beautiful woodland going down to the river, to a walled garden and really superb collections, such as the snowdrops, rhododendrons and the fabulous oaks in the Arboretum” – Paul Cutler, head gardener at Altamont Gardens.
FACILITIES: Toilets, outdoor picnic tables, car and coach park, restricted wheelchair access. No dogs allowed except guide dogs.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford exit the M9 at junction 5 for N80 Rosslare. Continue along the N80 through the village of Ballon and the N80/N81 junction. Turn left at the next cross road junction signed Altamont Gardens. From Carlow Town follow the N80 through Ballon and continue as above.
January 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 days per week.
February 1st – 28th, 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 7 days per week.
March 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week.
April 1st – September 30th, 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. 7 days per week.
October 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week.
November 1st – 30th, 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 7 days per week.
December 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 days per week.
Under the Government’s approved Phase 1 of easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Monday 18th May 2020, please note:
Altamont Gardens is reopening the gardens to the public on Monday 18th May 2020, from 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. daily, where the stunning rhododendron collection is in full bloom as well as the handkerchief tree on the main lawn. Sugar & Spice Café is open for take away coffee/tea, cakes and scones. Car park open – car park fee of €2 applies. Please follow the one-way system.
Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions at www.heritageireland.ie or email email@example.com and check the Carlow Tourism website.
Please continue to check the HSE website https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/ for further updates and continue to monitor our social media pages