Festina Lente Gardens

Old Connaught Avenue , Bray , Co. Wicklow

t: +353 1 2720704
e: gardens@festinalente.ie

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About Festina Lente Gardens

Festina Lente Gardens is located at Old Connaught Avenue in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

This is a two and half-acre Walled Garden, now restored as it would have been in the late Victorian period. This historic garden is divided into a kitchen garden, pool and ornamental garden with the original walls dating back to 1780. The main path in the kitchen garden is bordered by an extensive herbaceous border over 40 meters long containing many unusual plants, backed by espalier trees screening the vegetable beds. A variety of fruit trees are grown along the walls including some of the original pear and apple trees, which still survive and are fruiting. This is still a working garden producing vegetables, fruit, plants and cut flowers all for sale from our garden shop. This tranquil and peaceful garden originally owned by the Plunkett Family until 1939. Each generation extended and modified the gardens adding such features as a Fernery and Summer House.

The main house and head gardener?s house can still be seen, now privately owned. The Ornamental Gardens were officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne in 2004.

Directions: From Dublin southbound on N11, take first exit for Bray. At roundabout, take second exit for Bray town and proceed to traffic lights. Turn right onto Old Connaught Avenue. Entrance to Festina Lente is approximately ? km on the right. From Wicklow northbound on N11, take the Bray / Rathmichael exit. Turn left off the slip road. Entrance to Festina Lente is approximately ? km on the right.

Open: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

Admission: Adult €4, Group of ten €30, Children Free

Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible, Toilets, Child Friendly, Pet Friendly, Guided Tours, Coach Parking

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