Diamond Valley

Gardens of Bray
One of the jewels in the crown of the 'Garden of Ireland' that is Co. Wicklow, Bray's climate and seaside setting has made it a perfect home for garden lovers. Four special Bray gardens that are open to the public are described below.

Kilruddery Gardens
Southern Cross Road, Bray.

Killruddery is home to the Brabazon Family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618 and currently the home of the 15th Earl of Meath.

Killruddery Gardens are unique in that they are the oldest in Ireland still surviving in their original 17th century style together with 18th and 19th century additions. A French Landscape architect named Bonet, a pupil of Le Notre, was known to have been employed by the Earl of Meath in 1682.


1) From N11 take Bray/Greystones exit and follow signs for Greystones through two roundabouts. Drive 2 kms and entrance to Killruddery is at finger post signs.

2) From Bray Town take the Bray/Greystones road and follow signs from second roundabout at Bray Golf course and Ramada Woodland Court Hotel.

3) From Diamond Valley take the 185 bus to Bray Main St. Transfer to the 184 Bus or Red Finnegan Bus from Bray Main St to gates of Kilruddery Estate (Lord Meath's Gates).


Kilruddery Garden Cafe


April Weekends Only 12.30 - 5pm

1st May - 30th September Daily 12.30 - 5pm

House open May, June and September Daily 1-5pm

Groups (20-50 Persons) wishing to visit the House & walk in the Gardens are welcome at other dates and times by appointment only.

'The Garden Cafe, located within the ticketed area, is open daily, 12.30-5.00. It is available at other times for groups and special events by appointment.

Admission to Garden Only : Adults €6; Children under 12 Free; Concession €5


Festina Lente Gardens
Old Connaught Avenue, Bray.

The garden at Festina Lente is one of the few surviving restored walled Gardens in Ireland still in use today as it would have been in the late Victorian period. The House and gardens were home to the Plunkett family from 1807 until 1946. Each generation extended and modified the gardens which now stand at two and a half acres, divided into a Kitchen garden, pool and ornamental garden with the original walls dating back to 1780

Festina Lente Gardens Bray

Festina Lente Gardens Bray

The Festina Lente Foundation acquired the lease and commenced the garden restoration programme in line with a Historical Survey founded by the National Heritage Council. The main house and head gardener’s house are now in private ownership.


1)From Dublin southbound on N11, take first exit for Bray. At roundabout, take second exit for Bray town and proceed to traffic lights. Turn right onto Old Connaught Avenue. Entrance to Festina Lente is approximately ½ km on the right.

2)From Wicklow northbound on N11, take the Bray / Rathmichael exit. Turn left off the slip road. Entrance to Festina Lente is approximately ¼ km on the right.

3) From Diamond Valley 185 Bus to Castle St / Bray Main St. Take the 145 bus to Old Connaught. Walk up Old Connaught Avenue 500m to Festina Lente.

Open: 10-4pm Mon- Fri. From March 2010 10-4pm 7 days a week all year round.

Admission: A donation of €3 per Adult is requested Children are free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Booked Guided tour minimum number five €20

Facilities: Free Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Toilets, Pet Friendly, Turtle Sanctuary, Guided Tours, Picnic’s allowed. Tea/Coffee available. View our Allotments, and Community Garden areas. Visit our New Garden Shop opening March 2010.


Cork Lodge Gardens.
Woodbrook, Bray.

Cork Lodge house was built in the 1820's to designs by William Farrell as an Italianate seaside villa. A Mediterranean grove was planted with a Cork tree as its centrepiece. In the remains of this romantic wilderness, the present owner, architect Alfred Cochrane, designed a garden punctuated by a collection of architectural follies salvaged from the demolition of Glendalough House, an 1830's Tudor revival mansion, built for the Barton family by Daniel Robertson who designed Powerscourt Gardens.

Corke Lodge Bray

Corke Lodge Gardens, Bray.

"There is more fun at Corke Lodge" writes Jane Powers, The Irish Times, where " the 'ancient garden' of box parterres is punctuated by melancholy gothic follies, and emerges eerily from the dense boskage of evergreen oaks, myrtles, and a writhing cork oak tree with deeply corrugated bark. Avenues of cordyline palms and tree ferns, dense planting of sword-leaved New Zealand flax, and clumps of whispering bamboos lend a magical atmosphere to this rampantly imaginative creation."


1)300m north of the "Bray North" roundabout off the M11, on the Old Dublin Road, towards Shankill. Corke Lodge is on the Woodbrook Golf Club Avenue.

2) From Diamond Valley take 185 Bus to Main St. Then take 145 Bus to Woodbrook Golf Club. Walk up avenue to Gardens.

By appointment for groups (minimum 10 visitors)

Tel: +353 1 282 282
Mobile: +353 87 244 7006

Admission: €5

St. Joseph's Garden
Old Connaught Avenue, Bray.

St Joseph's garden is one acre in size, divided into smaller areas to create more interest. It has a natural stream and a bridge that connects two of the gardens. It is very well planted with a large variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Open in conjunction with Festina Lente, an old walled garden.


1) From Dublin southbound on N11, exit at Bray north, turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Old Connaught Avenue.

2) From Wicklow northbound on N11, exit after sign for Bray / Shankill, turn left onto Old Connaught Avenue.

3) From Diamond Valley 185 Bus to Castle St / Bray Main St. Take the 145 bus to Old Connaught. Walk up Old Connaught Avenue 500m towards Festina Lente.

Open: Weekends from May to August. Check Wicklow Garden Festival Website for annual opening arrangements.

Admission: €4 per person

Charity Sponsored: Homeless and Cancer Support

Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible, Pre-booked Refreshments, Guided Tours, Coach Parking, Plant Sales





Killruddery House, Bray






















































































St Joseph's Garden Bray

St. Joseph's Garden








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