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Colclough Walled Garden
Saltmills, Co. Wexford
Family friendly
Dog friendly
Free car parking
Cloudy days
Colclough Walled Garden near Saltmills in County Wexford, was built by the Colclough family in the early 19th century. After a period of restoration work, the original layout of the garden has been reinstated as it was in 1838.

This Georgian walled garden was built by the Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) family over 200 years ago, before 1814.

The main features of this 2.5 acre stone/brick lined walled garden include curved corners, and two intra mural structures on the dividing brick wall which splits the garden into two sections: east (ornamental), and west (kitchen). A river, crossed by five bridges, flows through the length of the walled garden.

Colclough Walled Garden sits in a verdant vale with beautiful wooded scenery filled with songbirds. Visitors pass through the quondam village of Tintern along the woodland path where bluebells and wild garlic abound in springtime. In summer, beech trees cast a dappled shade until the open blue sky of the walled garden is reached, and where Colclough eagles still fly.

Colclough Walled Garden was built 520 metres south west from Tintern Abbey, using stone gathered from the surrounding fields and lined with bricks which were hand made in the walled garden using local estuarine mud. Lime was made in a lime kiln at the battlement bridge from burnt limestone, brought from the Hook Peninsula by boat, and mixed with sea sand to make lime mortar.

The original layout of the garden has been reinstated as it was in 1838 using information found in the OSI Historical Map. This map shows the path structure, five bridges, the outer enclosure, the location of the vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Tips from locals

Purchase some fresh home grown fruit and vegetables here.

Contact details
Tintern Abbey, Castleworkhouse, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 2 to 2.5 hours here.

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