Shankill Castle and Gardens
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Paulstown, (Whitehall), Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland
Shankill Castle is an 18th-century building surrounded by stunning parkland near Paulstown, County Kilkenny. The garden features Victorian favourites, such as Sequoias and self-sown ash trees.
Located on the Carlow/Kilkenny border near Paulstown, Shankill Castle is an 18th-century building that is set in beautiful parkland. The interior preserves much of its original character and features a Georgian staircase, Gothic plasterwork in the dining room and a charmingly Victorian drawing room. The stable-yard and the castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson.
In the garden there are remnants of 19th-century laurel lawns and some Victorian favourites like the now gigantic Sequoias and 20th-century self-sown ash trees. The moated garden was once a rose garden, then forgotten and planted with Sitka spruces. Now it is a spring garden, and the graveyard blooms all year round. The walled garden has a charming apple arch under-planted with red tulips and some antique goblet-shaped pear trees trained against a mellow brick wall.