Mount Congreve Guided Tours

GUIDED TOURS

Discover Mount Congreve Gardens

Guided Tours - Discover Mount Congreve Gardens

Escape from the world as you explore the dramatic Mount Congreve Gardens. Meander the 70 acres of spectacularly designed gardens, including a four-acre meticulously maintained walled garden, glorious herbaceous beds, water features and immaculately kept lawns with 16km of winding walking paths. Mount Congreve boasts one of the largest private collection of plants in the world. Described as ‘A World of Gardens’ the entire collection features plants from every continent; it is one of the largest collection of plants in Ireland.

Enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the beautiful tranquil gardens with colour, nature and bloom during all seasons. With rolling lawns and benches located at vistas throughout the woodland gardens along with stunning architectural features, Mount Congreve Gardens offers a relaxing day out for all the family. Sit back and relax over a coffee or a bite to eat at The Dairy Café or enjoy browsing the Garden Shop. The gardens are open for visitors to self explore. Guided tours can be arranged with prior notice, please email: info@mountcongreve.com

Discover Mount Congreve Gardens

Guided Tours - Discover Mount Congreve Gardens

Escape from the world as you explore the dramatic Mount Congreve Gardens. Meander the 70 acres of spectacularly designed gardens, including a four-acre meticulously maintained walled garden, glorious herbaceous beds, water features and immaculately kept lawns with 16km of winding walking paths. Mount Congreve boasts one of the largest private collection of plants in the world. Described as ‘A World of Gardens’ the entire collection features plants from every continent; it is one of the largest collection of plants in Ireland.

Enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the beautiful tranquil gardens with colour, nature and bloom during all seasons. With rolling lawns and benches located at vistas throughout the woodland gardens along with stunning architectural features, Mount Congreve Gardens offers a relaxing day out for all the family. Sit back and relax over a coffee or a bite to eat at The Dairy Café or enjoy browsing the Garden Shop. The gardens are open for visitors to self explore. Guided tours can be arranged with prior notice, please email: info@mountcongreve.com

Woodland Hikes & Walks on an 18th Century Estate

Walk-Hike (formal and woodland gardens):
Following a visit of the formal gardens as outlined above, visitors enjoy an extended walk-hike through the rougher terrain that winds through the stunning surroundings of Mount Congreves’ woodland gardens. Highlights of this visit include the Rock Waterfall, surrounded by a magnificent 1km long Magnolia walk and even longer Hydrangea walk; the Ice House, built in the 1750s to preserve the estate’s food; the unexpected presence of a Chinese Pagoda, nestled within an impressive 17 metre drop; and the Temple (finally resting place of Mr Ambrose), overlooking the River Suir.

Highlights include:
• Japanese Azeleas
• Majestic Californian Redwood
• Spiky (but beautiful) fragrant Mahonia, from Eastern Asia.
• Twisted trunk of the Mediterranean Castanea
• “Handkerchief” tree from China.
• “Dinosaur” tree from Australia  Wollemia Nobolis: thought be extinct, until rediscovered in 1994. This tree was gifted to Mr Ambrose by the Mount Congreve resident gardeners to mark his 100th birthday

Key Visit: Mount Congreve Formal and Woodland Gardens.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Fitness Level: moderate
Min/Max Numbers per guided visit: 10 – 30

Guided Tours - Discover Mount Congreve - Garden Walks

Woodland Hikes & Walks on an 18th Century Estate

Guided Tours - Discover Mount Congreve - Garden Walks

Walk-Hike (formal and woodland gardens):
Following a visit of the formal gardens as outlined above, visitors enjoy an extended walk-hike through the rougher terrain that winds through the stunning surroundings of Mount Congreves’ woodland gardens. Highlights of this visit include the Rock Waterfall, surrounded by a magnificent 1km long Magnolia walk and even longer Hydrangea walk; the Ice House, built in the 1750s to preserve the estate’s food; the unexpected presence of a Chinese Pagoda, nestled within an impressive 17 metre drop; and the Temple (finally resting place of Mr Ambrose), overlooking the River Suir.

Highlights include:
• Japanese Azeleas
• Majestic Californian Redwood
• Spiky (but beautiful) fragrant Mahonia, from Eastern Asia.
• Twisted trunk of the Mediterranean Castanea
• “Handkerchief” tree from China.
• “Dinosaur” tree from Australia  Wollemia Nobolis: thought be extinct, until rediscovered in 1994. This tree was gifted to Mr Ambrose by the Mount Congreve resident gardeners to mark his 100th birthday

Key Visit: Mount Congreve Formal and Woodland Gardens.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Fitness Level: moderate
Min/Max Numbers per guided visit: 10 – 30

Expert Gardeners Tour

In addition to a guided visit of Mount Congreves’ 100 kilometre formal and woodland gardens, this tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to learn from one of the estate’s resident gardening experts and gain a deeper insight into the workings and management required throughout diverse seasons. Learn first-hand secrets and world class, innovative gardening techniques that have been shared over centuries.

These include how the walled gardens have been laid out to create a natural airflow to protect against frost, the rotation of crops for the best care of soil, the integrated pest control system that enables plants to thrive and survive organically, the centuries old technique of self-irrigating conservatories, the methods that encourage the growth of grapes and peaches, even in Ireland’s temperate climate!

Mr. Dool, late Garden Director at Mount Congreve, developed the gardens over 40 years on Mr. Lionel’s principles. He received the Orange Order of Nassau from the Queen of Holland, the equivalent of a British Knighthood, for his achievements. He died in 2004. The Magnolia Walk was renamed The Herman Dool Walk in March 2019 in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the gardens.

Guided Tours - Expert Gardeners Tour

Expert Gardeners Tour

Guided Tours - Expert Gardeners Tour

In addition to a guided visit of Mount Congreves’ 100 kilometre formal and woodland gardens, this tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to learn from one of the estate’s resident gardening experts and gain a deeper insight into the workings and management required throughout diverse seasons. Learn first-hand secrets and world class, innovative gardening techniques that have been shared over centuries.

These include how the walled gardens have been laid out to create a natural airflow to protect against frost, the rotation of crops for the best care of soil, the integrated pest control system that enables plants to thrive and survive organically, the centuries old technique of self-irrigating conservatories, the methods that encourage the growth of grapes and peaches, even in Ireland’s temperate climate!

Mr. Dool, late Garden Director at Mount Congreve, developed the gardens over 40 years on Mr. Lionel’s principles. He received the Orange Order of Nassau from the Queen of Holland, the equivalent of a British Knighthood, for his achievements. He died in 2004. The Magnolia Walk was renamed The Herman Dool Walk in March 2019 in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the gardens.

Curators Edible Woodland Tour

Guided Tours - Woodland Hikes - Edible Woodland Tour

A must for nature and garden enthusiasts, this tour offers a rare opportunity to explore the 100 acre, Mount Congreve formal and woodland gardens with the estate’s resident curator, Michael White. Also known as the “living encyclopedia of gardens,” Michael’s passion and lively personality, bring visitors right into the heart of the stories and origins of rare species and plants that are both native to Ireland and present in these gardens due to the worldwide travels of Mr Ambrose Congreve O.B.E. As visitors move through the gardens with Michael, they will also learn innovative techniques and methods from this world class gardener; along with some surprises about plants, trees and shrubs that have been used throughout history for dietary and medicinal purposes!

Highlights of the visit include
• The Dinosaur Tree (Wollemia Tree): an incredibly rare plant, native to Australia
• The story of the first woman to circumnavigate the world and the plants associated with her
• Medicinal trees and shrubs and their particular place in history
• Planting philosophy of Ambrose Congreve C.B.E.- winner of multiple gold medals at the prestigious Chelsea flower show in the United Kingdom

Curators Edible Woodland Tour

Guided Tours - Woodland Hikes - Edible Woodland Tour

A must for nature and garden enthusiasts, this tour offers a rare opportunity to explore the 100 acre, Mount Congreve formal and woodland gardens with the estate’s resident curator, Michael White. Also known as the “living encyclopedia of gardens,” Michael’s passion and lively personality, bring visitors right into the heart of the stories and origins of rare species and plants that are both native to Ireland and present in these gardens due to the worldwide travels of Mr Ambrose Congreve O.B.E. As visitors move through the gardens with Michael, they will also learn innovative techniques and methods from this world class gardener; along with some surprises about plants, trees and shrubs that have been used throughout history for dietary and medicinal purposes!

Highlights of the visit include
• The Dinosaur Tree (Wollemia Tree): an incredibly rare plant, native to Australia
• The story of the first woman to circumnavigate the world and the plants associated with her
• Medicinal trees and shrubs and their particular place in history
• Planting philosophy of Ambrose Congreve C.B.E.- winner of multiple gold medals at the prestigious Chelsea flower show in the United Kingdom

Please note: Only Mount Congreve approved tours are permitted in the Gardens

To arrange a guided tour experience please contact us on admin@mountcongreve.com
Or telephone 00353 (0) 51 384 115

To arrange a guided tour experience please contact us on admin@mountcongreve.com
Or telephone
00353 (0) 51 384 115

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