Beautifully constructed old stone walls contain this sheltered walled garden, once the garden of Kilrush House, home to the Vandeleur landlords. Set among four hundred and twenty acres of native woodland, this forgotten garden hadn't been cultivated for many years until restoration work began in 1997. Replanting the borders that line the wall began in spring 2000. It has now been redesigned for the 21st Century around the old path system and specialises in many unusual and tender plants that thrive in the area's uniquely western latitude microclimate. There are a variety of areas for the visitors pleasure including unusual water features, a tree collection, horizontal maze and the summer house.
In 2005, the garden was further enhanced with a series of attractive visitor information boards and the construction of the Vandeleur Glasshouse. The provision of a glasshouse provides the necessary controlled environment in which to propagate plants for planting in the garden and more unusual and tender plant species for display to visitors.
Before it's time to go, enjoy a coffee in the quiet courtyard setting of the Vandeleur Centre. Facilities in the centre include a coffee shop, gift shop, conference suite and plant sales area. Part of the heritage display ' Kilrush in Landlord Times ' is also on display in the centre. Enjoy the many special events, which take place in different settings in the Vandeleur Walled Garden throughout the year, such as art and craft exhibitions, historical lectures and family fun days.