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The John F. Kennedy Arboretum

A garden of presidential proportions.

10:00 – 17:00 Last Admission 16:00

See all opening times

The John F. Kennedy Arboretum

A garden of presidential proportions.

10:00 – 17:00 Last Admission 16:00

See all opening times

Limited Access

Free Admission.
Toilets in Visitor Centre open, but closed daily 13:30 – 14:30 for cleaning. Field Toilets are not open.
Visitor Centre open to the public.
Guided Tours daily at 12:00 & 15:00. Meet outside the Visitor Centre. Tour Groups limited to 15 due to Covid-19 regulations.

Admission

Free.

Getting here

Ballysop
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

Arboretum open October –  March 10:00 – 17:00 .

Last Admission 16:00

Average Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.

Seasonal Opening Times

October – March

Daily 10:00 – 17:00 (Main Arboretum)

April

Daily 10:00 – 18:30

May – August

Arboretum open  September -10:00 – 18:30.

Last Admission 18:00.

September

Daily 10:00 – 18:30

Last admission 17:30

Contact

Ballysop
New Ross
Co. Wexford
Y34 KA48

0469423490

Getting Here

Located 12 km south of New Ross (off R733)

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Facilities

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

Restrictions

  • Uneven walkways

Permanent Orienteering Courses

We have four Permanent Orienteering Courses for our visitors to choose from (see attached) designed in conjunction with IOA (Irish Orienteering Ireland)

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