Killruddery House Gardens
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Killruddery, Bray, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Killruddery House Gardens has been home to the Brabazon family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618. The gardens are among the oldest in Ireland, providing space for relaxing and leisurely walks.
Killruddery House and Gardens is conveniently located on the outskirts of the capital where Dublin meets Wicklow. It is one of Ireland’s most renowned gardens, filled with beautiful planting and wooded areas, water features and distinctive outdoor “rooms”. Delightful tea rooms and guided tours of one of Ireland’s great historic houses are just some of the other treats on offer.
The gardens at Killruddery are the oldest in Ireland still surviving in their original 17th Century unique style, together with 18th and 19th Century additions. A French landscape architect named Bonet, a pupil of Le Notre, was known to have been employed by the Earl of Meath in 1682. The present house was completely remodelled in 1820.
A splendid orangery was added in 1852 and it contains a collection of marble statuary, mainly from Italy. The 17th Century landscape gardens were laid out in the 1680s in the classic French design. They are the oldest of their type surviving in Ireland and are regarded as amongst the most important in these islands.