History of the Gardens

One of Ireland’s oldest gardens

A diverse canvas

The garden within Loughcrew’s grounds has a long history. It has been tended by generations of the Naper family since the 1600’s and many of it’s original features have been restored or reinstated. Today it is made up of a stunning combination of vistas, water and archaeological features and many trees, shrubs and flowers of interest.

Examples of the amazing 17th century features still standing within the garden are a glorious avenue of yew trees and a beautiful walled garden, from which a canal and a parterre have been relocated in replica, can all be seen. The corn mill which dates back to St Oliver Plunkett’s childhood sits within the heart of the garden, as well as the church he and his family used. Amazingly foundations of a longhouse and a medieval motte are also still visible.

Within the peaceful grounds of Loughcrew House, extensive lawns and terraces have been created and are encased by herbaceous flower borders. Specimen trees and a lime avenue have also been planted, and wildflower meadows have been established to use as wedding decorations and in bouquets. Symbolic statues and sculptures are also dotted about.

An extended walk past a Victorian rockery, hidden within trees, and gorgeous wildflowers will lead you to the softly framed, reinstated 19th century water gardens. An old Crannog, nearby, with a painted motif inside has also been restored.

The garden really is a remarkable, diverse canvas and the rest of the rolling estate is well-dotted with old trees, and glorious flowers during spring and summer. Altogether it forms a beautiful scene.

Why not come and visit us and learn more about the history of the garden?

Retreats at Loughcrew
Lightscape - Illuminated Gardensat Loughcrew Estate

Upon entering the gardens you will be transfixed by a wonderland of illuminated delights, the light trail has plenty of surprised including illuminations, projections and magical sculptures.

Warp up warm, bring your camera and make unforgettable memories. 

December 1st to January 6th. Between 4pm - 9pm.