We visited the grounds and coffee shop. It was a most pleasant experience. I found all of the staf to be helpful and polite. The food was of a high standard, we had a picnic with sandwiches, brownies, rocky road and soft drinks, all obtained in the coffee shop. The dining area outside its well kept and it had done amusements for children too.
The grounds are beautiful but I do wish that there night be a move to replacing the many pine trees with native deciduous trees as the soil in the wooded area is now so acidic with pine that there is absolutely no undergrowth. This leaves the whole woodland floor devoid of life.
By replacing the trees one by one with seedlings and correcting the soil pH it would be more fitting with the native surrounds and wildlife. JMO.
Otherwise it was very beautiful in the gardens and everything is very well kept.
I will definitely visit again.
We had high hopes of Loughcrew Gardens but we were left incredibly disappointed by the visit and quite shocked. It is clear the overpriced entrance fee is not being reinvested into the maintenance or care of the gardens. The pathways were overgrown with dangerous brambles and nettles, the murky ponds have never been cleaned, and have no protective edging for small children. The ruins are completely overgrown, and we couldn't even walk around them. There was also a very dangerous swarm of wasps inside due to a massive nest above the entrance.
The herbaceous border could be fantastic, but with rotting and dead flowers, and climbing roses falling off the walls, it is an absolute wasted opportunity. I find it hard to believe they even have a team of gardeners, when they is no care at all, not even to deadhead and keep the garden flourishing. The fairy trail and other strange objects dotted about the fields are just odd and disjointed. It has a tacky and uncared for feel, and no direction or focus. The area with the small fountain and box hedging is another missed opportunity. It could be a spectacular rose garden for example, but has absolutely nothing in it of interest,. Strangely it has random wooden benches (complete with shabby peeling paint) so you can stare into an unkempt box hedge and ponder why you even bothered paying an entrance fee into such a place.
The coffee shop is also dated and feels shabby. I had a hair in one of the cakes I purchased and it really made me feel very unpleasant considering the world we live in at the moment. Walking through it to get to the gardens is also strange. The staff had their noses sticking out of their masks, and were not the friendliest. Overall not a nice experience.
The owners should really take on board other reviews expressing these issues, instead of ignoring them. Constructive criticism from paying customers is an ideal opportunity to rejuvenate the gardens and whole site in general. It could be a gem of a tourist location, but it really is a place I would not recommend anybody to visit, and that is so very sad. I would love to see its full potential and run by people with passion and ambition, and to bring it back to its beautiful grandeur.
2 weeks ago
Loughcrew garden estate, the birthplace of St Oliver Plunkett, has a wonderfully maintained garden, and offers a forest walk and a lake walk. The lake, after quite a long walk was nothing special. I only had coffee and something sweet after the walk, so cannot offer anything more on the coffee shop. There are plenty of things for children to do in the gardens , so is ideal for families at a modest price.
4 months ago
Absolutely stunning gardens, I loved the fairy trails. I will be back, lots to see. The food in the coffee shop was very tasty, and the staff were very pleasant. Fantastic place for family. The walk in the woods is beautiful and lots to do and see. St. Oliver birth place, lots of information all around. Highly recommended.
1 months ago
Lovely day out. Lovely gardens and plenty to see and do with the sculptures, Ruins, forest walk and the Fairy trail. Great coffee shop and play area too