This February, enjoy the spectacular carpet of snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring bulbs at Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Take in the first signs of spring on the garden and woodland walks, and stroll around the Victorian walled garden.
There is something for the whole family to enjoy, with a visit to the Secret Fairy Woods, and a stop at the Coach House Café to enjoy a garden-to-plate experience with produce from the organic farm and local suppliers, and freshly baked treats made from scratch.
Seasonal organic vegetables and produce from the walled garden is also on sale at the Coach House Café.
Shankill Castle and Gardens, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. R95 T8X7
In the village of Paulstown on the Carlow-Kilkenny border. From Carlow Town head 20km south towards Waterford/Kilkenny, taking exit 7 off the M9 motorway.
Saturdays and Sundays in February (and the full snowdrop season), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets and details: Garden entry: adults €5, children (4 and over) €3, OAPs/students €4
Please purchase tickets and collect a map at the Coach House Café. Tickets are also available to book online at www.shankillcastle.com. T: +353 (0)86 397 1748
Castle tours currently unavailable. Group visits are available by prior arrangement.
Facilities: car parking, toilets