Coolcarrigan House & Garden

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To find out more about Coolcarrigan House & Garden call, +353 45 863 527.

Coolcarrigan House & Gardens is a hidden oasis on the edge of the Bog of Allen near Coill Dubh, with a fantastic 15 acre garden full of rare and unusual trees and a small church in a woodland setting, surrounded by a moat.

Coolcarrigan House is an attractive Georgian house built in the 1830’s and originally used as a shooting lodge.  The house which has been added to and modernised over the years, was built by Robert Mackay Wilson.  The church, built by the same architect, has some very interesting stained glass windows and Gaelic scripts on the walls chosen by Douglas Hyde, the first President of Ireland.

The gardens underwent a major renovation program in the 1970’s after a windstorm. During this renovation major replanting took place with the assistance of Sir Harold Hillier, the eminent English plantsman. What was created is a very unusual collection of trees and shrubs, many of which will not be found elsewhere in Ireland. It is open to visitors and is visited by many worldwide gardening groups and international dendrologists.

Paths meander through the eight acre garden and create surprises and vistas around every corner. The arboretum was extended by an additional seven acres in 2003 with many new rarities, and a special wild flower meadow.

Find out more about Coolcarrigan Gardens here

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Upcoming Events

  1. Brendan Grace Exhibition

    November 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - February 12, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
  2. Visaul Art Exhibition – Invisible Cords

    January 15 @ 10:00 am - February 19 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Pilgrimage on st Brigid’s Eve

    January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Contact Info

Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Tel: 00353 45 530 672
Email: info@kildareheritage.com

Opening Hours

Monday 10.00am - 4.45pm

Tuesday 9.30 am - 4.45pm

Wednesday 9.30 am - 4.45pm

Thursday 10.00 am - 4.45 pm

Friday 9.30 am - 4.45 pm

Saturday 10.00 am - 4.45 pm

Sunday Closed

Please note we close for cleaning and lunch from 1.00pm until 2.00pm each day