A 70 acre woodland garden with stunning views and 16 kilometres of paths

Mount Congreve Gardens, just 10 minutes from Waterford city, is a great garden of the world – a 70 acre woodland garden with stunning views and 16 kilometres of paths to explore the gardens.

Dating back to the 1760s, Mount Congreve Estate was originally developed by John Congreve (a high sheriff of County Waterford) and designed by local Waterford architect, John Roberts. For an uninterrupted period of six generations, the Congreve family lived on the estate, until the passing of Mr. Ambrose Congreve C.B.E who died in 2011, aged 104.

Representing more than 100 acres of formal and woodland gardens within the original 560 acre estate, Mount Congreve Gardens boast an incredible variety of rare and exotic, indigenous and non-native plants that thrive within their own microclimate.  In fact, the entire collection consists of over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants.

Equally fascinating, are the secrets and innovative gardening techniques that have been passed down through the estate’s 250 year old horticultural history by people (both Congreve family members and resident gardeners) who truly understand how to work with nature. And so, these working gardens thrive within a living windbreak, along a natural incline, with the full benefit of acidic soil and sea air from the tidal River Suir; helped along by interventions that include self-irrigating conservatories and garden spaces, sheltered by beech trees walls.


  • Spring for Magnolias, Camellias, Rhododendrons.
  • Summer for Herbaceous plants.
  • Maples in the Autumn.
  • The working walled vegetable garden, providing food for the estate for centuries.
  • The Magnolia Walk, nowhere in Europe can you see so many magnolias.
  • Spring in the Bell Gate lawn has to be seen to be believed.
  • The formal walled garden in late summer with its herbaceous borders.
  • The Temple, the final resting place of Mr Ambrose Congreve.
  • The Pagoda, a wonderful folly and quite a surprise.

February – May
Thursday – Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 – 17:30

June – August
Daily 11:00 – 17:30

September – December
Thursday – Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 – 17:30

Open year-round for guided tours, weather permitting.
Last admission: 16:30
Approx. visit duration: Allow at least 90 to 120 minutes
Footwear: Some of the footpaths are uneven; appropriate footwear is advised.

Upcoming Events

Mount Congreve stages a number of event throughout the year, including the The Mount Congreve Plant Fair (May) and The Summer Fair (July). See their website for event updates.


Admission Prices 2020

Adult: €7.00
Seniors (aged 65+): €6.00
Child (U16): €3.00
Child (U3): Free when accompanied by an adult.
Guided tours available in English at extra cost. Pre-booking required.

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Leaflets in English, German, French and Polish. Self-guided tours available in French, German and Spanish.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Tea rooms serving hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, paninis, cakes, ice cream and Barista Coffee.

SHOPPING: Garden shop selling plants and vegetables straight from the Walled Garden. Take a piece of Mount Congreve home with a plant propagated in its own nursery.

CHILDREN: Baby-changing facilities available.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking onsite.

ACCESSIBILITY: Due to the nature of the garden, people with limited mobility may find the terrain outside the walled garden difficult. While they have upgraded their paths, it remains part of a woodland garden and is on a slight incline. The walled garden is fully wheelchair friendly. They have an accessible toilet inside the café and also inside the walled garden.

ASSISTANCE DOGS: Due to the nature of the gardens, no dogs other than registered guide dogs are allowed.

GROUPS: Groups welcome. Group discounts available for groups of 10 or over, by pre-booking. Tea rooms can cater for a maximum of 20 – pre-booking required.


  • “Great Garden of the World” Massachusetts Horticultural society.
  • Mr Ambrose Congreve was the recipient of 13 gold medals at the Chelsea flower show.
Getting There

Mount Congreve is easily accessible. It is 10 minutes from Waterford City, 90 minutes from Dublin, 90 minutes from Cork, on the N25. The Waterford Greenway and Suir Valley Railway have an entrance into the Gardens.

Map Location: 52.240948, -7.219092
Contact Mount Congreve Gardens

Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Eircode: X91 PX05
T: +353 (0)51 384 115
E: admin@mountcongreve.com
Waterford Garden Trail

Mount Congreve is an outstanding garden, and part of The Waterford Garden Trail. The trail features 14 different visitor garden attractions throughout Waterford ranging from the gardens of the great old houses, to smaller gardens and garden centres.