Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Perhaps only once in a millennium there is an individual with the passion and the resources to create a world-class garden. Before the birth of Christ, Nebuchadnezzar built the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Centuries later, Louis XIV was fashioning gardens for France's Palace of Versailles. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit and tour a more recent Garden for the Ages -- Mount Congreve, in Ireland's sunny southeast.
The Mount Congreve Gardens are the handiwork of two gentlemen -- the late former owner Ambrose Congreve and his head gardener for many years, Herman Dool. Situated on a sheltered bend along the River Suir, this magnificent estate covers more than 700 acres, of which approximately 70 are home to the most fantastic gardens imaginable. Expertly designed and tended by these two gentlemen for more than 60 years, the gardens boast a remarkable collection of rare and unusual plants and trees amid a landscape designed for an estate of this scale. Mr Dool never planted fewer than 25 exemplars of a variety because he believed that a mass planting makes the proper statement when the garden matures. He was right! Enjoy a stroll through these magnificent gardens and absorb this magical piece of green heaven.
The return drive to the ship will take you along the main thoroughfare of Waterford, through the old City Walls and past Reginald's Tower.
Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.