Shankill Castle Gardens there are remnants of 19th-century laurel lawns and some Victorian favourites like the now gigantic Sequoias and 20th-century self-sown ash trees. The moated garden was once a rose garden, then forgotten and planted with Sitka spruces. Now it is a spring garden, and the graveyard blooms all year round. The walled garden has a charming apple arch under-planted with red tulips and some antique goblet-shaped pear trees trained against a mellow brick wall.
Located on the Carlow/Kilkenny border near Paulstown, Shankill Castle is an 18th-century building that is set in beautiful parkland. The interior preserves much of its original character and features a Georgian staircase, Gothic plaster work in the dining room and a charmingly Victorian drawing room. The stable-yard and the castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson.