Go through the red gate to the right of the lawns and you are now in the Pleasure Ground or Woodland Garden. This is planted with a fine assortment of old native trees and newer exotic species, such as maples and magnolias. (Ask in the tearoom for the Tree Guide for a detailed list), The main path leads to the walled gardens (D) and (F), or turn left down the hill for the Upper Lake (I) and the Forest Walk (K) beyond. There are sheets of bluebells here in spring.



Turn right off the main path for the GROTTO just before the large fernleafed beech. The path to it is planted as in Victorian times with ferns and periwinkle under a canopy of old yew and beech. The Grotto itself was built around 1830 of eroded limestone from Lough Derravaragh and you can glimpse the lake from the clearing in front. A local sculptor has decorated the grotto inside with fantastic carvings. You can either descend the steps direct from here to the Flower Garden (D) or take the easier way round by the path. Don't miss the hobgoblin carved in an old yew tree on the way.

elcome to the Gardens at Tullynally. There are over 12 acres of garden in all, divided between walled gardens, extensive woodland gardens and 2 ornamental lakes. Much of the present layout dates from the early 1800s, but the current owners, Thomas and Valerie Pakenham have gardened here for over 50 years and added many new features. For more background history of the gardens and of the castle itself please see our History tab.

Please note that this is a perfect garden for children to explore. There is a special Children's Treasure Trail listing exciting things for them to look for throughout the gardens available in the Tearoom. We also welcome School Tours.

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