Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum in Inistioge, County Kilkenny dates back to 1740. Once known as one of the finest gardens in Ireland the main development of Woodstock Gardens occurred in the Victorian Period but unfortunately it fell into disrepair. The gardens and arboretum have been carefully restored by Kilkenny County Council and notably contain a selection of ‘champion’ trees, thanks to their size. Woodstock overlooks the Nore River Valley and is an ideal place to spend a day.
Woodstock comprises a mix of formal and informal gardens with the walled garden, terraced garden and rose garden providing the main interest. The arboretum has a collection of rare and exotic trees including a ‘Champion’ Coast Redwood, the tallest Silver Fir in Ireland and a very rare and important Bentham Cypress. Also of significance are two stunning avenues, the Monkey Puzzle Avenue (Chilean Pine) and Noble Fir Avenue.
There is a children’s playground and charming tea-rooms on site. Entry costs €4 per car, including all occupants. For more information see http://www.woodstock.ie/