Huntington Castle and Gardens
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Huntington Castle & Gardens, Clonegal village, Carlow, Republic of Ireland
The 17th century Huntington Castle, the backdrop for a number of feature films, was an early O’Kavanagh stronghold. The famed Yew tree walk, lime tree avenue and water features, are just some of the features of the castle’s delightful gardens and pleasure grounds, set in Clonegal, Co. Carlow.
Huntington Castle is located in the historic village of Clonegal and is the ancient seat of the Esmonde family. The gardens were mainly laid out in the 17th century by the Esmondes who built Huntington Castle in 1625. This includes the French limes on the Avenue, the parterre - or ornamental lawns - to the side of the house, fish ponds on either side of the centre walk through the wilderness and the majority of Yew trees which comprise the Yew Walk. There is also an ancient vine in the conservatory and a temple to the Goddess Isis in the basement of the castle.
Larger plantings have resulted in Huntington possessing a number of great Irish trees, including varieties of hickory, a cut leaved oak, Siberian crab and buckeye chestnut.
A lake at the bottom of the wilderness was built for ornamental purposes but next to it is one of the earliest water turbine houses in Ireland, providing Huntington with its own electricity as early as 1888. Both the lake and turbine house are to be restored in the near future.
The River Derry – also being the boundary line between Counties Wexford and Carlow – flows along the bottom of the wilderness, providing a pleasant setting for woodland walks.
The house will open on selected days throughout 2015.
Open: Feb 16-22,
May 2-4, 9-11, 16-17, 23-25, 30-31,
Sept 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 12noon- 6pm,
Oct 26-31,4pm-9.30pm, ( Halloween Tours)
Dec 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 1pm-5pm. (Visit Santa) Must be booked in advance.
Guided tours of castle available.
To avoided disappointment please telephone for visiting arrangements, etc., Car park - Toilets - restricted access for wheelchairs - Craft shop.
Huntington Castle Gardens is a member of the Carlow Garden Trail. www.carlowgardentrail.com