Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre

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, tranquillity 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.

Delta Centre have opened a Coffee Shop/Craft Area and Garden Display, Café is open for take away aswell, 7 days a week with plenty of seasonal themed tasty treats available in Cafe Thyme.
The Delta Centre is offering a hanging basket service; customers can ring in an order for hanging baskets and collect by our website for more details.


Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions on Delta Sensory Gardens website at or email or phone 059 9143527 and check and the Carlow Tourism website.

Please continue to check the HSE website for further updates and continue to monitor our social media pages


Contact Details

T: 059-9143527


Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow R93 Y959


Latitude: 52.844988 | Longitude: -6.924546

How to Find Us

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.

Opening Hours

Sensory Gardens and Cafe are open 7 Days, closed Christmas to New Year. For 2020 closed from Tue 22nd Dec to Tue 5th Jan 2021. 

Open hours for Gardens and Cafe; weekdays 9 am to 5 pm and weekends incl. Public holidays 11 am to 5 pm.


Adults €6, Concessions €5, Children €2, Family of 4 €15.  Group rate available upon request.


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