Last Updated: 29th July, 2018
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slievecoiltia.
Johnstown Castle is nestled within fifty acres of ornamental grounds. Stroll through the wooded grounds with over two hundred different kinds of trees and shrubs or relax by the castle lakeside with its Gothic towers and waterfalls. Ramble along the Castle lake terrace walk lined with statues to the Garden lake. Both lakes are home to a wide range of waterfowl - mute swans, water hens, little grebes and heron.
Kilmokea, a Georgian house built in 1794. It has been lovingly restored and stands amidst seven acres of heritage gardens. Nestled on the banks of the River Barrow this former Rectory offers the ultimate in relaxation.
Newtownbarry House, Gardens and Gallery, the history of the garden, with its curious stone arched grottoes at either end, stretches back to an earlier period, perhaps contemporary with Woodfield, the 18thC house which Newtownbarry House replaced and shown on the ordinance survey map of 1840. There are many appealing and the Hickory tree is of special note. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house where paintings by contemporary artists are exhibited in an art gallery housed in a wing and residential art courses are on offer in the restored kitchen.
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