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Thistle Fountain Delta Sensory Gardens

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The Delta Centre was established in 1990  as an adult centre for people with intellectual disabilities.  The centre is now a major employer in Carlow town and caters for about 120 adults with disabilities. The Delta Sensory Gardens which were officially opened in 2007 were the first of their kind in Ireland, set up as a therapeutic focus and benefit for the centres own people with disabilities and local/national groups. Set on 2.5 acres it is now a major attraction in Carlow for local, national and international visitors.

These beautiful gardens have come about with help and dedication of some of Ireland’s leading garden designers, such as Gordon Ledbetter, Mary Reynolds, Rachel Doyle, Elma Fenton and Paul Martin and are laid out in a  series of 20 interconnecting multi-sensory gardens, including the Celtic Walk, the formal Rose Garden, the Five Senses Garden, the Circle of Life and the Stolen Child Garden.It offers visitors of all age groups a unique opportunity to rest and indulge their senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and visual delight with something at all times of the year. The theme of each of the gardens celebrates the use of natural elements such as stone, water and wonderful foliage and plants.

The feedback and comments from visitors speaks for itself:

‘An absolute delight to experience such variety, a thrill to all the senses, peace, tranquility and inspiration’

 “Delighted to see all the various elements of nature made so accessible for people of all abilities’

Delta Centre hosts many popular events throughout the year, please visit or sensory gardens website for more details.

New Coffee Shop/Craft Area and Garden Display expected opening May 2015 , watch our web site for more details.


Car park, toilets, wheelchair accessible, restaurant and garden centre


From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9 motorway and follow signs for Carlow Town.Strawhall Industrial Estate is located off Cannery Road,

the road which serves Dr. Cullen Park G.A.A. Grounds,on the outskirts of Carlow town close to the Athy Road roundabout.

GPS: 52.844988, -6.924546


Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Weekends and Public Holidays 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Closed weekends in January, February and November.

Please check in at the Sensory Gardens reception upon arrival.


Adults €5, Senior Citizens / Students €4, Group rate available upon request.

A:Strawhall Estate, Carlow

T: 059-9143527


 Daffodils at the Delta Sensory Gardens


Delta Centre Calendar of Events 2016


Daffodil Weekend: Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March

This a new exciting event with a delicious afternoon tea each day, cost per person €15 including visit to Sensory Gardens – booking recommended.

All proceeds for the weekend go to EIST Carlow Cancer Support Group.

Visit one of the most extensive collections of daffodils in the country with 10,000 flowers and numerous varieties on show

Further details on facebook and website, closer to event.


Easter Extravaganzas: Saturday 26th March

Join Mr Hop- the Easter Bunny and his friends for some egg-citing family fun this Easter Saturday from 12 – 5 pm

We are delighted to announce the kind support from Carlow Impact Branch with this event

Lunches Tea/Coffee and snacks available in our dining room.


Pan Celtic Festival: Tuesday 29th March to Sunday 3rd April

Details of events in our Sensory Gardens to coincide with festival available later on


Sensory Fun Day: Sunday 15th May

Fantastic selection of activities including face painting, treasure trail and much more in our Sensory Gardens.

Full details on and facebook closer to event.

Great selection of summer bedding and shrubs available in our Garden Centre, containers and hanging baskets for sale or your own filled on request.

Lunches, Tea/Coffee and snacks available in our dining area


Carlow Garden Festival: Saturday 23rd July to Monday 1st August

Monday 25th July two talks will take place in our Sensory Gardens at 12pm and 2.30pm by renowned garden personality Gordon Ledbetter. Delta Centre is indebted to the support and expertise given by Gordon over many years, with his initial design of the Sensory Gardens.

This event is coordinated and kindly supported by Carlow Tourism.

This is a fantastic festival not to be missed, more details available later.


Halloween Festival: Saturday 29th October

Halloween games, ghosts, ghouls and much more….

Lots of Wicked & Wonderful things that will make you jump in the gardens

Prizes for best costume on the day!!!!


Christmas Fair: Sat 3rd to Sun 18th December

Delta hosts its very popular Christmas Wonderland – on line bookings will be available for Santa and Elves workshop on Saturdays and Sundays over 3 weekends.

Enjoy a huge range of traditional gifts, decorations, folk craft and much more

Light lunches, tea/coffee and cakes served each day, with full traditional Christmas Lunch on Sunday 4th December (booking essential)

A colourful display of outdoor lights will be on display in sensory gardens; with festive face painting, 12 days of Christmas   and much more…..

Late opening until 7pm on weekends and 5.30pm weekdays.


Please note these events may be updated or added to over the next few months, watch our website for updates.

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