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Larchill Arcadian Garden is an ornamental Farm (Ferme Ornée) created between 1740 and 1780. It is the only surviving, near complete garden of its type in Europe. It was designed as a pastoral paradise, reflecting man’s harmony with nature. It is a working farm, with decorative buildings, a walled garden, tree-lined avenues, 65 acres of landscaped parkland filled with follies, grottoes, statuary, and an 8-acre lake. Larchill has gained national and international awards following extensive restoration work.
The opening hours are limited (May/June Mon-Fri 10.00 am-2.00 pm; open some May/June weekends; some August dates) – check the Larchill website.
Kilcock, Co. Kildare.
Tel: 01 628 7354.
Adults €8; concessions.
House €9 by appointment only.
For more on gardens in the Dublin area, pay a visit to www.dublingardens.com