Woodstock Gardens in County Kilkenny
Base yourself at Hotel Kilkenny and explore the wonderful outdoor activities that surround Kilkenny.
The beautiful Woodstock Garden and Arboretum is located in the very picturesque town of Inistioge in County Kilkenny. The gardens overlook the River Nore Valley.
Woodstock Gardens is a perfect outdoor activity for all the family, with woodland walks, a children's playground, walled gardens and a history story it is a great day out.
The walk in the gardens
During your walk in the gardens enjoy the walled garden filled with fruit trees, rose garden, rockery garden and the rustic summer house. The monkey puzzle avenue and Noble fir avenue are great to see.
The arboretum is home to a collection of rare and exotic trees. A lot of the trees here are recognised as champion trees due to their size.
There are lots interesting facts from the garden... The Monkey Puzzle tree which comes from Chile may of got its name because it would be puzzling for monkeys to climb up its whorls of spiny leaves. It’s also worth noting, there are no monkeys in Chile!
The history behind the gardens
The gardens date to the 1740's with the main development taking place in the 1800's. A period of disrepair followed during the 1900's following the burning of Woodstock House, however in 1999, Kilkenny County Council undertook an ambitious programme of garden restoration which is now well advanced.
Woodstock House was built in 1745-47 for Sir William Fownes by the architect Francis Bindon. It has a rusticated front facade and is unusual in being built around a small central court.
Both the main house and the wings were built of stone with brick lining inside. The basement vaulting was, unusually, also of brick. Only parts of the east and west walls of the centre block and parts of the wings had no internal brick lining.
Like many early 18th century Irish country houses, the decorative emphasis of the building was focused upon the front facade. The five bay garden frontage is much plainer though a very decorative iron staircase was added in the 1850″s by Richard Turner, the famous iron master.
The main house was burnt in 1922. The house is now in an unstable condition, having been in a ruinous state for approximately eighty years.
Due to its constant exposure to weathering, there has been considerable decay of the fabric and undermining of the structural stability of parts of the building. The central bay of the front facade collapsed in March 2001 during a storm which has left the building now even more unstable and extremely dangerous. (Works are now underway to protect the building from further deterioration)
We highly recommend Woodstock Gardens for a lovely day out. For more information you can visit www.woodstock.ie and book your stay at Hotel Kilkenny here www.secure.hotelkilkenny.ie/bookings/specialspage