Located in the leafy suburbs of Dundrum, Dublin, Airfield Estate is a 38 acre working farm, gardens and visitor attraction. It offers a place where you can reflect, be replenished and celebrate the connection between people and nature in a stunning natural environment.
Originally established as a charitable origination by the Overend family in 1974 for educational and recreational purposes, the Overend sisters were passionate gardeners and that passion has been carried on ever since by enthusiastic gardeners and designers.
The gardens first came to prominence when renowned local plantsman Jimi Blake was Head Gardener. Like all good gardens, the gardens at Airfield Estate are never static and in 2014 they went under a complete redesign under guidance of Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd and Irish designer Dermot Foley.
Airfields Garden team have since put their stamp on the gardens as they continually evolve.
Today the gardens are over 6 acres in size and are composed of diverse garden spaces ranging from an ornamental walled garden, Victorian glasshouse spaces, to an extensive organic certified food gardens.
Fresh produce from the gardens are harvested and delivered to the Estates eatery – Overends Kitchen on a weekly basis. The temperate climate of south Dublin accommodates a large variety of plants, which provides year round interest to a garden visitor.
The Walled Garden: what The Walled Garden lacks in size, it makes up for in interest. The herbeacous borders are filled with colour from early April through to the first frost.
The Food Garden: the expansive organic certified food garden provides an extensive list of fresh, seasonal produce to the onsite eatery – Overends Kitchen.
The Meadow Gardens : the pictorial annual meadows start performing from mid – July and typically flower until the first frost.
The Victorian Glasshouse: the beautifully restored glasshouse houses a large range of plant collections from Perlargoniums to cacti and succulents.
Open Daily Year Round
Visit www.airfield.ie for seasonal opening hours.
Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Approx. visit duration: 90 – 120 minutes. Allow extra time for dining on the Estate or visiting the onsite garden shop.
Airfied have a wide variety of events taking place throughout year the year, from daily on-the-farm activities through to children’s activities, gardening courses, bee-keeping weekends, food festivals, plant fairs, and seasonal events at Easter, during Summer, Halloween and the Christmas Holidays.
Admission Prices 2020
Senior (aged 65+): €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 3-17): €6.50
Free admission for children aged 0 to 2
Private guided garden tours are available on request. These are provided in English only. All bookings to email@example.com
LANGUAGES: Free Visitor Maps in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Audio Guides
available in English.
DINING/REFRESHMENTS: On site Overends Kitchen (seats 120) offers a field to fork menu from the estate and local artisan food for breakfast and lunch. It opens from 09:30 to 15:30. The Stable Café (seats 50) is a tea room style café serving tea, barista coffees, sandwiches, baked treats and snacks. It opens from 09:30 to 17:00
PICNICS: There are picnic benches throughout the Estate.
WI-FI: Available Overends Kitchen, The Stables Cafe and The Hive Suite
SHOPPING: Gift shop selling souvenirs and gift items. Howbert & Mays Garden Shop sells Plants, bulbs, furniture and gifts.
CHILDREN: Airfield regularly has events for children, and they love the farm activities. All food outlets cater for families with young children. There are dedicated baby changing facilities across the Estate.
PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.
ACCESSIBILITY: Airfield Estate is wheelchair friendly. Assistance dogs are permitted. Airfield was the 2017 JCI Winner of Dublin’s Friendliest Business for Disability Access.
GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS: Best Cultural Building & Best Sustainable Building 2014 RIAI Awards. Dun Laoghaire Chamber EnvironCom Environmental Award 2014. 2015 Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) Award for landscape heritage and conservation.
By Car: Located in Dundrum, a 20 minute drive from the Dublin city. Follow the M50 motorway to Junction 13 and follow the R825 to Overend Way. From city centre, follow the R825.
By Luas: Take the Luas Green Line to Balally stop and walk 5 minutes to the estate.
By Bus: Take Dublin Bus numbers 11, 14, 14C, 44, 44B, 75 or 116.