Killruddery House & Gardens near Bray in County Wicklow has been home to the Brabazon family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618. Today, three generations of the Brabazon family live at Killruddery, and the gardens are among the oldest in Ireland, providing the perfect destination for relaxing and leisurely walks. Living heritage on Dublin’s doorstep!
Nestled between the mountains and the sea and just a stone’s throw away from Dublin, Killruddery is a great historic house of Ireland. The magnificent 800-acre estate includes flowering woodland, painterly formal 17th century gardens, a high-hedge sylvan theatre, long ponds and a walled garden. A member of HHI (Historic Houses of Ireland), Killruddery offers garden admission and house tours, however at the heart of this enterprise, the team wish to protect Killruddery’s soul and unique character as a special family home.
A true celebration of the great outdoors, the authentic, bio-diverse space that makes up the estate comprises of a working farm where chemical free vegetables, fruit, cut-flowers and free-range meats are grown and produced and later available to buy in Killruddery’s Farm Shop or to taste on all ‘garden-to-plate’ menus in The Grain Store, Dairy Yard Coffee Shop and Pizza Shed (located in Killruddery Yard), Tea Room and Carrot & Coffee Corner (within the garden walls). Killruddery Farm Market also takes place every Saturday from 10.00 – 16.00 with a range of local food producers, organic produce and craftspeople in Killruddery Yard (free parking and entry). Celebrating the seasonal bounty of the estate is an everyday affair at Killruddery.
Visitors can also look forward to an annual programme of events which includes everything from music, theatre, weekly Seasonal Supper Clubs and botanical workshops, to outdoor events and children’s events.
Killruddery House & Gardens is one of Ireland’s top attractions and is perfect for a family outing within easy reach of Dublin. For more information on Killruddery, visit and shop online at www.killruddery.com