With twenty hand-picked gardening attractions dotted around the county, and each of them signposted for seamless navigation, the Carlow Garden Trail gives visitors a chance to see the county in new and remarkable ways. Experience a unique offering of gardening sites from inspiring and historically significant gardens to tranquil sensory retreats, captivating forest walks, educational tree trails and vibrant community gardens. And there are award-winning garden centres where you will get the best horticultural advice and can purchase something to remind you of your visit. 

Discover Historic Estates

The Carlow Garden Trail also offers visitors the opportunity to discover and enjoy some of the spectacular manor houses that once dominated the cultural and agricultural life of the county. Beyond the impressive facades of these ancestral homes, visitors can walk in the footsteps of fascinating historical figures and immerse themselves in the sumptuous splendour of some of the most significant homes in Irish history. Whether you’re admiring beautifully landscaped historical gardens or marvelling at interiors and architectural gems that have survived for centuries, these are special treasures to enjoy and explore. 

Changing Seasons

The changing seasons of the gardener’s world – celebrated in many of the venues along the trail with special events and festivals – makes Carlow a perfect place to re-visit throughout the year. Of course the county also hosts the Carlow Garden Festival over ten days at the end of July each year featuring some of the top gardening experts from the UK and Ireland with themed talks, workshops and guided tours taking place at gardening attractions throughout the county.

You do not have to be a gardener to get pleasure and enjoyment from the Carlow Garden Trail. From beginner to enthusiastic gardeners and from young to old, there is something for everyone. Plan your visit now.