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Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

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An 18th century woodland garden in the romantic manner, with a smaller modern garden

Address:
Thomastown
Co Kilkenny
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Tel: +353 56 772 4558

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Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

Opening Months: July, August
Opening Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Opening Hours: 11am-6pm dailyin July & August
Admission Charge:
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

Kilfane is Ireland’s answer to Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. This rediscovered treasure of gardening history was originally designed in the 1790s in the fashionably romantic style to embellish the gothic wonders of nature. Paths and rides had been laid out through the wooded demesne in the 18th century, with an attractive glen and stream with a series of pools and cascades forming the centrepiece.

This romantic garden was rescued from the undergrowth by Bennettsbridge potter, Nicholas Mosse, and his wife Susan. In the process, the couple rediscovered a grotto and the ruins of a cottage orné, all part of the idealised rural idyll - and an artificial waterfall opposite the cottage, fed by water diverted via pumps and canal. The cottage was restored with thatch and leaded window panes in keeping with a 1921 print, and with interiors designed by the late Sybil Connolly.

The other attractions of the garden include a sculpture trail through the woods and a series of contemporary gardens laid out around the Mosses home. There is a formal pool garden, a white moon garden, a blue orchard, a mysterious hall of mirrors and a wildlife pond.
 


Best time of year to visit: July, August

Groups & Tours

  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

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Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
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