Karen Creed at Johnstown Castle & Gardens, Co. Wexford, Ireland – Photo: Leslie Graham
The exquisite 19th century Victorian castle, which gives the estate it’s name, is nestled within 50 acres of ornamental grounds. Stroll through the wooded grounds with over 200 different kinds of trees and shrubs, or relax by the castle lakeside with its Gothic towers and waterfalls. Ramble along the lake terrace walk lined with statues to the garden lake. Both lakes are home to a wide range of waterfowl e.g. swans and little grebes.
Pass through the Devil’s Gateway into the walled ornamental garden and hothouses. This hidden paradise provides a dazzling, colourful array of flowering plants. The sunken Italian Garden contains a shaded picnic area where one can sit and watch the peacocks strut by. Other attractions include the ruin of a medieval tower house called Rathlannon Castle and the old farm buildings which house the Irish Agricultural Museum.
Johnstown Castle & Gardens, Co. Wexford, Ireland http://www.irishagrimuseum.ie/johnstown_castle_estate/johnstown_castle.htm
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