Loughcrew historic House and gardens
Loughcrew Historic House and Gardens
Oldcastle, Co. Meath
History, beauty, fantasy, and atmosphere make Loughcrew a magical experience. In a serene pleasure-garden of vistas and unexpected features, a spirit of mystery and dark history is created by the mighty ancient yew walk, a mediaeval mote and the martyr St. Oliver Plunkett's family church.
Delightful water-gardens lead to a fantasy mill, by the spectacular herbaceous and "hellfire" borders and a formal parterre. Past the "physik" border with cures for unspeakable complaints, the "grotesque" grotto with grassy roof, tortured pillars and weird mythical frescoes guards a hidden rockery with fairy sculptures. Short walks are signed, with good shelter and plentiful information plaques.
Childrens' favourites include the Watermill cascade, hidden reptiles and fairies, giant bugs and spiders lurking in trees; and a small Playground, convenient to the enchanting log-built reception centre - with fresh food, delicious organic coffee, gift shop.
Easter Egg Hunt: Easter Saturday and Sundayevery year
Oiche na Shamhain Daytime & Evening Events 31st October 2010
85km NorthWest of Dublin, off N3
5km from Oldcastle off Mullingar Road
Good wheelchair access
The Gardens are open daily from 10am to 6pm from March to September