Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum in Inistioge, County Kilkenny dates to 1740. The gardens were once known as some of the finest in Ireland. The development of the 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. Woodstock overlooks the Nore River Valley and is the ideal spot for a daytrip.
Woodstock constitutes a mix of formal and informal gardens, with the walled garden, terraced garden, and rose garden being of primary interest. The arboretum has a collection of rare and exotic trees including a ‘Champion’ Coast Redwood, the tallest Silver Fir in Ireland, and the very rare Bentham Cypress. Visit two stunning avenues: the Monkey Puzzle Avenue (Chilean Pine) and Noble Fir Avenue.