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The John F. Kennedy Arboretum

A garden of presidential proportions

10:00 – 18:30

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The John F. Kennedy Arboretum

A garden of presidential proportions

10:00 – 18:30

See all opening times

Limited Access

Arboretum open May - August 10:00 - 20:00
Free Admission
The main pathway in the arboretum is open, but some of the minor pathways are closed. One way walking system in operation.
Public toilets open, however closed daily between 13:30 and 14:30 for cleaning.
Cafe closed.
Cycling, jogging and skate-boarding (by adults) not permitted.
Slieve Coillte open 10:00 - 19:30 daily . Slieve Coillte may be closed to visitors during periods of adverse weather.
Visitor Centre closed to the public


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

New Ross,
Co. Wexford
Y34 KA48

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The John F. Kennedy Arboretum

Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, whose great-grandfather, Patrick, was born in the nearby village of Dunganstown, this arboretum near New Ross, County Wexford, contains a plant collection of presidential proportions.

It covers a massive 252 hectares on the summit and southern slopes of Slieve Coillte and contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Of special note is an ericaceous garden with 500 different rhododendrons and many varieties of azalea and heather, dwarf conifers and climbing plants.

The lake is perhaps the most picturesque part of the arboretum and is a haven for waterfowl. There are amazing panoramic views from the summit of the hill, 271 metres above sea level. A visitor centre houses engaging exhibitions on JFK and on the Arboretum itself.

Opening Times

Open all Year

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.

Seasonal Opening Times

October – March

Daily 10:00 – 17:00 (Main Arboretum)


Daily 10:00 – 18:30

May – August

Daily 09:00 – 20:00


Daily 10:00 – 18:30

Daily Guided Tours

April – October
12 noon & 3pm
Meet at the Visitor Centre

Guided Tours can also be booked in advance.

To book Guided Tours please contact (046) 942 6070


New Ross,
Co. Wexford
Y34 KA48

046- 9423490

Getting Here

Located 12 km south of New Ross (off R733).

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  • Bike Trail
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Walking trails
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Uneven walkways

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