Mount Usher Gardens: where the planting is enchanting!
Created by four generations of the Walpole family beginning in 1868, Mount Usher is recognised at home and abroad as one of the earliest and finest examples of a ‘Robinsonian’ garden. Extending to 22 acres, it combines a champion collection of trees and shrubs with inspirational floral planting schemes along both sides of the River Vartry. There is an ever changing panoply of colours and textures enhanced by wafting scents accompanying every season. We provide you with a detailed tree trail guide to help locate the many ‘show-stoppers’ as you wander around. The gardens have been cultivated entirely by organic principles since 1980.
Mount Usher Gardens, with its Avoca Garden Café and Courtyard Shops is situated in the village of Ashford, just 35 minutes south of Dublin city, and close to the seaside towns of Bray, Wicklow and Arklow. To get to Ashford by public transport, the 133 bus regularly passes through the village on its way to/from Dublin airport to the north (via the city centre) and Rosslare harbour to the south. There is a wide variety of accommodation in the area where you will be made very
welcome and comfortable.
The Avoca Garden Café serves delicious meals throughout the day and we recommend that you reserve your table in advance to avoid delays. Telephone number for the Avoca Garden Café 00 353 (0404) 40116. The Bakery has a wide range of Avoca meals-to-go, freshly baked bread, fancy cakes and many other delicatessen products besides.
The Courtyard shops offer a wide variety of products and services from fashion, equestrian supplies, portrait photography and lovely things for the home and garden.
Admission rates 2016: Adults €7.50 Senior & Students €6.50
Children 5-16 €3.50 Under 4 free admission Summer Opening Times: Daily 10am -6pm (Last Admission 5.20pm) Gardens close earlier in Winter.
Facilities: Avoca Garden Café | Food Hall | Plant / Shopping Courtyard | Toilets | Parking for cars/coaches | Limited wheelchair access | Guide dogs only | No picnics
Group Tours are welcome to visit the Gardens throughout the year. Tour Operators and Group Organisers are obliged to contact The Gardens Manager for group admission rates, coach parking, guided tours and catering (if required). Telephone 00 353 (0) 404 40205 or Mobile 00 353 (0) 87 2301678
A guided tour can be arranged. There is an extra charge of €55 for the Guided Tour. A Guided Tour takes approx 90 minutes and must be booked in advance.
Catering can be reserved in the adjoining Avoca Garden Café or freshly made snacks from The Bakery are also available in the Courtyard where there is sheltered or open seating for your
There is a gift shop at the entrance to the Gardens selling a range of items selected from the main Avoca Handweavers Shop at Kilmacanogue which is nearby.