Parks and Gardens open to the public in County Wicklow.
Killruddery House and Gardens is situated at the southern cross route. Close to the roundabout on the Bray/Greystones road.The property of Killruddery was granted to Sir Wilham Brabazon, who was created Earl of Meath in 1627. The original house was destroyed in the Civil War of 1645 and there is no pictorial record of it.
Mount Usher Gardens are laid out along the banks of the Vartry River. They measure 20 acres and contain approx. 5,000 different species of plants and trees. including many Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Eucryphia and Azaleas. Water forms an essential part of the scenery with cascades and suspension bridges. Mount Usher is a wild Robinsonian garden dating from approx. 1860.
The Centre is situated near the N11 route about 2 miles south of the Glen 0' the Downs. The centre features 18 gardens laid out by some of the best designers and contractors and aims to create the maximum amount of
Powerscourt Gardens and House, one of the world's Great Gardens, Powerscourt is situated 12 miles south of Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. It is a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs. The 18th century Palladian House now incorporates an innovative shopping experience, terrace cafe and house exhibitions.
Russborough was built in 1741 by Joseph Leeson, the son of a wealthy brewer in Dublin. The architect was Richard Castle (Cassells), a great promoter of the Palladian style of architecture in 18th century Ireland. Russborough is built of silver-grey granite which came from a quarry at Golden Hill, situated just outside Blessington. The front facade is the longest in Ireland, 700 feet end to end. Russborough House welcomes visitors to the demesne (estate) to explore the grounds and walks, explore the rich heritage and the lovely rooms, learn about the Sir Alfred Beit Art Collection, enjoy the Maze.
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