Larchill Arcadian Garden

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To find out more about Larchill Arcadian Garden call, +353 1 628 7354.

Created between 1740 and 1780 Larchill Arcadian Garden is a ‘Ferme Ornée’ or Ornamental Farm and is the only surviving, near complete, garden of its type in Europe. The Ferme Ornée gardens of the mid 18th century were an expression in landscape gardening of the Romantic Movement. Emulating Arcadia, a pastoral paradise was created to reflect Man’s harmony with the perfection of nature.  Freed from the restrictions of the 17th century formal garden, the Ferme Ornée represented the first move towards the fully fledged landscape parkland designs of Capability Browne.

Although the follies became semi derelict and obscured by undergrowth and trees, the mystery and beauty of Larchill is still recognised.  Folklore stories of hauntings and the ‘strange’ nature of Larchill ensured its continued notoriety.

In 1994 Paddy Bowe, Garden Historian, visited Larchill and was the first to realise that Larchill was indeed a Ferme Ornée and an important ‘lost’ garden, four years of restoration then took place.

Visitors can walk through beech and lime avenues leading from the formal Walled Garden adjoining Larchill House and the Gothicised Farmyard, around an  8 acre Lake, linking follies and gazebo seats, all with marvelous views of the Dublin mountains. The original 18th century layout extended further to include two more lakes,  waterways and a fish hatchery.

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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

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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