Visiting the Gardens
History of Kilmacurragh
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Last updated: September 19, 2011
Free guided tours twice daily from April onwards At 12.00 pm & 3.00pm Please check the website or locally for seasonally themed guided tours. - Group tours should be pre booked. - For all tours and events please meet at the car park. - Further information: Jan - March 01 8570909 April onwards 0404 48844 A number of events are taking place at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens this year. They include Workshops and guided tours See the events page for full details . . . GUIDED TOURS are available DAILY at 12 noon or 3 pm. Meet in the Car Park.
The arboretum at Kilmacurragh, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, has been managed by the National Botanic Gardens since 1996. It is particularly famous for its conifers and calcifuges and was planted during the 19th Century by Thomas Acton in association with the curators of the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. During the early part of the twentieth century the estate passed from the hands of the Acton family and fell into a state of neglect. In 1970 the property was taken over by the land commission. A 58 acre portion comprising the house, arboretum, walled garden and entrance drive-way was handed over to the Forest and Wildlife Service. Coillte still manages the walled gardens and some 20 acres of seed orchards as part of its forest tree genetics programme.