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Altamont Gardens

Old-world gardens with an atmosphere all of their own

See all opening times

Altamont Gardens

Old-world gardens with an atmosphere all of their own

See all opening times

Limited Access

Gardens and parklands only open.
Café Take-away only.

The stunning setting of Altamont Gardens hosts an event on July 27th as part of the 2021 Carlow Garden Festival, with a talk on gardening techniques and thrifty design principles by the recently retired curator of the National Botanic Gardens, Paul Maher.

For more information please see below.
Carlow Garden Festival 2021 (PDF)



€2 Car Parking. Pay & Display.

Getting here

Co. Carlow
R93 N882

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Altamont Gardens

A large and beautiful estate covering 16 hectares in total, Altamont Gardens is laid out in the style of William Robinson, which strives for ‘honest simplicity’. The design situates an excellent plant collection perfectly within the natural landscape.

For example, there are lawns and sculpted yews that slope down to a lake ringed by rare trees and rhododendrons. A fascinating walk through the Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen, sheltered by ancient oaks and flanked by huge stone outcrops, leads to the banks of the River Slaney. Visit in summer to experience the glorious perfume of roses and herbaceous plants in the air.

With their sensitive balance of formal and informal, nature and artistry, Altamont Gardens have a unique – and wholly enchanting – character.

Opening Times

Open all year*

*Subject to change. Gardens close in severe weather events. Please telephone in advance of visit.

Open 7 days including Bank Holidays

Average length of visit: 1 – 2 hours

Seasonal Opening Times




09:00 – 16:30


09:00 – 17:00

April – September

09:00 – 18:30


09:00 – 17:00


09:00 – 16:30


09:00 – 16:00


Closed Christmas Day


Co. Carlow
R93 N882

059 915 9444

Getting Here

Near Ballon, signposted off the N80 & N81, between Tullow and Bunclody

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  • Art
  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Assistance dogs only
  • Hold hand rail

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