Nature Trail at Mount Congreve

Explore a brand new Nature Trail at Mount Congreve Gardens

The seventy acres Mount Congreve Gardens in Waterford have launched a brand new seasonal Nature Trail for children.

The trail offers families an abundance of nature to explore and to ensure that younger visitors engage with the flora and fauna on offer and has been created offering the little ones 15 different questions and challenges as they meander the walking trails amongst the world-famous gardens located just outside Waterford City.

The new looped Nature Trail walk will keep everyone happy, with a buggy-friendly path smaller tots can snooze while older ones enjoy the series of questions for them to solve along the way. In total, the Nature Trail is a 1.5km walk and can be completed in approximately 40 minutes. The little ones can fill in their nature trail answers on the back of their map along the way in order to complete the challenge.

The gardens at Mount Congreve consist of intensively planted woodland gardens, a four-acre walled garden with 16 km of walking trails. The gardens are located 10 minutes from Waterford City Centre overlooking the majestic River Suir.

The new Nature Trail is included in the Mount Congreve Gardens ticket price. The gardens are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5.30 pm. Last entry to the gardens at 4.00 pm. Tickets must be booked in advance, for further details see www.mountcongreve.com

Mount Congreve Gardens to re-open on June 9th

The much-anticipated date for the re-opening of the spectacular Mount Congreve Gardens can now be unveiled as June 9th 2020.

The garden will open six days per week from 10 am to 5.30 pm with last entry at 4 pm from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive with Thursday dedicated to those who are cocooning only. In order to ensure the safety of all staff members and the health and safety of visitors, ALL visitors must pre-book a ticket to access the gardens in advance here as a limited number of tickets will be available for each day.

 

Estate Manager Ray Sinnott says, “We are delighted to be able to announce a re-opening date for Mount Congreve Gardens, the gardens are looking beautiful at the moment and we have put a lot of work and effort into carrying out some much-needed maintenance during the closure period along with ensuring all safety measures are in place for our re-opening.

We are delighted to share the space with visitors from within 20km of Mount Congreve for this phase and we plan to work carefully and safely alongside the government re-opening phases for advance ticket bookings to the gardens as we progress through the lifting of restrictions phases.

We are really looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to the gardens and we are asking all of our visitors to help us to help them and to be mindful of the new way that we have to work. The Café will be open for teas and coffees, snacks and sandwiches, there will be no indoor seating, no table service and a strict queuing system will be in place. Our outdoor Harvest Shop will also serve tea and coffee, sandwiches and snacks in the same manner as the Cafe. Extra outdoor seating has been put in place with a flexi-plastic panel placed in the centre of our outdoor benches.

Unfortunately, for now, access to or from the Waterford Greenway will not be available, we hope to re-open this gate over the coming weeks but for now, we simply cannot do so in a safe and measurable way.

We have also been working on a new map of the gardens, which offers visitors the ability to be able to navigate the space in a very simple manner. We were aware that our old map caused confusion at times so we are delighted to be able to unveil a new self-guided map to ensure visitors can fully explore the vast 70-acre gardens without requiring directions from gardeners working on the grounds. We were delighted to work with local artist Anouschka Joyce in order to create a beautiful yet functional piece of art.”

Tickets for garden access at Mount Congreve are now available for advance booking here.

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COVID-19 CLOSURE PERIOD: 

Following Government advice in relation to COVID-19, Mount Congreve gardens will be closed from the 16th March until further notice.

We apologise for the inconvenience and are acting in the best interests of public health and the well-being of our customers and staff.

We encourage you to keep up-to-date with the latest advice and updates from the H.S.E in relation to COVID-19, and to follow all guidance issued by healthcare professionals.

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