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2014 opening hours for the Tea Rooms at Duckett's Grove:

March: Sunday 16th and Monday 17th 2-6pm. St. Patrick's weekend celebrations. Music and Craic. Sunday  30th March. 2-6pm. Mothering Sunday Celebration. Afternoon Tea. Pre booking advised for March events as places are limited. Contact Madeleine at 0851136075

April:    Sunday 20th and Monday 21st  2-6pm. Easter Holidays Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th 2-6pm.

May: Sunday 4th  11am-6pm. Carlow Tourism Country Fair. Monday 5th, 2-6pm. May Bank Holiday Sunday 18th 11am-6pm Carlow Vintage & Classic Club.

June: Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd, 2--6pm. Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 14th 6pm-Midnight, and Sunday 15th 6am-6pm. Carlow Relay For Life weekend 

July/August Saturdays: 2-6pm. Sundays and Bank Holidays 12-6pm.

September/October:Sundays 2-6pm.

December: Sunday 14th 11am-6pm Carlow Tourism Christmas Fair.

Groups are welcome any day and time by appointment. Why not get a group of friends together and book Afternoon Tea and a tour of the Castle on any day of your choosing. Contact Madeleine 0851136075 to discuss your requirements. All times and days are subject to change. For an up to date listing  see The Tea Rooms at Duckett's Grove  or ring 0851136075

Duckett's Grove is 10 Minutes from Carlow, Tullow and Castledermot.

GPS: N 52.858766, W -6.812052



duckett's grove walled gardens and pleasure grounds

Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture

Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th and early 20th century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 12,000 acre (4,856 hectares) estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. In September 2005 during Heritage Week, Carlow Country Council acquired Duckett’s Grove and commenced the restoration of two inter-connecting walled gardens.

Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture

Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country. The first phase of the revival of two old walled gardens has now been completed, the old paths revealed and the beds and borders reinstated. Stylistically the new planting schemes echo the past yet reflect changing fashions, utilising plants and planting patterns that may have evolved over time.

The Upper Walled Garden, hedged with boxwood, is planted with historical varieties of shrub roses, a collection of Chinese and Japanese peonies, a great variety of hardy and tender perennials and choice flowering shrubs including Echium, Watsonia, Acanthus, Jovellana, Daphniphyllum, Acradenia, Arbutus, Cornus, Iris, Eryngium, Beschorneria, Euporbia, and to really test the microclimate of the gardens, some ornamental bananas.

Ducketts Grove in it's heyday

The Lower Walled Garden, once the site of the old orchard, contains a variety of fruits, including figs and historical varieties of Irish apples amongst others. The borders also contain a variety of shrubs and perennials all echoing the past history of the gardens and people associated with Duckett’s Grove.

Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture
Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture
Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture
Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture

Restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.


Duckett's Grove walled garden, photo by Bigger Picture

“Spectemur agendo – Let us be judged by our actions.” Duckett Family Motto

Additional commissioned photography on this page by www.biggerpictureweb.com