Beautiful Irish Gardens – Altamont Gardens in Tullow, Carlow

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Altamont Gardens off the Bunclody Road in Tullow, Carlow is a must visit for garden and nature lovers alike.

We first visited the gardens in February 2016 as part of Snowdrop Week. This event usually takes place each year around the second week in February. Needless to say we fell in love at first sight.

The photos in this article are from that day. In fact this article first appeared on The Life of Stuff in March 2016. But as time has passed and we’ve revisited Altamont Gardens over the years I’ve updated the original article and included some images from The Life of Stuff Instagram account too.


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Introducing Altamont Gardens

You are welcomed to the gardens by a beautiful old manor house, that although is in need of some repair easily jigs your imagination to transport you back to how majestic it once was. We chose a fabulous day to visit as you will see from my photos below. Blue skies and sunshine, but also that lovely crisp bite in the air that February brings with it.


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For over 50 years the gardens were in the care and cared for by Corona North (what an amazing name). She did a brilliant job creating what some believe to be ‘the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown’ (Carlow tourism) and when she sadly passed away in 1999 she handed the gardens to the state, who are thankfully keeping her legacy alive.

What to Expect at the Gardens

Open all year round with free entrance (guided tours are €3 per adult), Altamont Gardens which is over 40 acres in size, is made up of manicured and natural gardens, new and mature trees, a lake, garden and river walks. As well as flowers, plants and lots of country wildlife.

There is a Garden Shop ‘Plant Sales’ on site with a wide and varied selection of flowers, plants and trees. And a seasonal café that sells scrumptious homemade soup, drinks and treats. If you decide to bring your own picnic, there are outdoor picnic tables, toilets and lots of parking. And if like us in the recent past, you have the need for a pram, most of the gardens are child, pram and wheelchair friendly.

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Carlow in Photo's

Old stone walls and sign posts lead the way to the Walled Garden and Plant Sales.