Kells Bay Gardens have been open to visitors since the autumn of 2008. They contain one of the finest collections of southern hemisphere plants in Europe. The spectacular topography is complemented and enhanced by the exotic plants. The centrepiece Tree-fern Forest has attracted horticultural enthusiasts for decades and is comparable to similar forests in Tasmania. With its unique micro-climate and fantastic canopy, it provides an ethereal experience that differs daily. There are plants here of every description from around the world. The Robinsonian gardening style combines with the variety and acclimatisation of the plants to give the visitor an experience that well repays the journey.
There are various walking routes designed to access the major features of the gardens. The Sky Walk Rope Bridge, Ireland’s longest, is an unforgettable experience. Inspired by owner Billy Alexander’s plant hunting trips in Asia, it stays long in the memory. After the adrenalin rush of the bridge, there is ample opportunity to relax in the nooks or recover in the healing chair sculptures along the River Ramble or Waterfall Way. The eight dinosaurs, beautifully sculpted from fallen trees, shorten the walk.
The Sala Thai Restaurant, in the restored hunting lodge, provides Asian and European style refreshment for explorers young and old.
Kells Bay Gardens are open all year round, please check their website for further information.