Duckett’s Grove and Walled Gardens

I already visited Duckett’s Grove a couple of times and always been delighted. It is such a amazing place for photography. This time I been there in August, especially to see the Walled Gardens because I love to taking photos of flowers.

Duckett’s Grove is the most unique and magical Historic House in County Carlow. It was built in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. It was once one of Ireland’s finest examples of a thriving Great House and surrounding estates and was home to generations of the Duckett family, who settled here as major landowners in 1695. The extraordinary ruins of Duckett’s Grove, a neo-Gothic pile had been all but burned to the ground in 1933. Even in ruin, Duckett’s Grove is a most important and impressive example of a Gothic revival style in Ireland and the surviving towers and turrets form a romantic profile in the landscape making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country.

Duckett`s Grove is managed by Carlow County Council and also features sensitively restored original Walled Gardens with flowers, shrubs and fruit trees.

For beyond the walls of Ducketts Grove is a stunning walled garden that, upon crossing the threshold into, will take your breath away. Amazing variety of flowers, exotic, vibrant and interesting plants bloom here. This walled garden is one of magical places very worth your visit in the summer.

Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens are goergous, brim with historical varieties of roses, peonies, perennials and flowering shrubs. They have been revived to reveal ancient paths, with beds and borders reinstated, in a mix of old and new styles.

I noticed some changes has been done at Duckett`s Grove since my last visit, like the windows of house are uncovered so you can look inside. Also information boards has been added.

During this visit at Duckett`s Grove I also took a lot of photos of grotesque heads on the walls of the building.

Location of Duckett’s Grove and Walled Gardens:

Below my photos taken in August 2021.


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