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Duckett's Grove

Duckett's Grove House Duckett's Grove House Duckett's Grove House Near Carlow Town, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 913 0411
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Damien Kelly with NicAngels Candles

The man was an excellent sales person and such a delight. We showed up on a whim to see the Castle... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
caitt3
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New Haven, Connecticut
Return visit, toured inside

We returned to Duckett’s Grove Castle, which we went to on our last trip to Ireland. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
QGJohn
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Davie, Florida
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Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th and early 20th century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 12,000 acre (4,856 hectares) estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country.The first phase of the revival of two old walled gardens has now been completed by Carlow County Council, the old paths revealed and the beds and borders reinstated. Stylistically the new planting schemes echo the past yet reflect changing fashions, utilising plants and planting patterns that may have evolved over time.The Upper Walled Garden, hedged with boxwood, is planted with historical varieties of shrub roses, a collection of Chinese and Japanese peonies, a great variety of hardy and tender perennials and choice flowering shrubs.The Lower Walled Garden, once the site of the old orchard, contains a selection of fruits, including figs and historical varieties of Irish apples amongst others. The borders also contain a variety of shrubs and perennials all echoing the past history of the gardens and people associated with Duckett’s Grove. Restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.
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“afternoon tea” (9 reviews)
“walled garden” (9 reviews)
“tea room” (8 reviews)
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Duckett's Grove House Duckett's Grove House Duckett's Grove House Near Carlow Town, Carlow, Ireland
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"afternoon tea"
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"walled garden"
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"tea room"
in 8 reviews
"craft shops"
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"well worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"walk around"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful ruin"
in 4 reviews
"candle shop"
in 3 reviews
"car show"
in 3 reviews
"great piece of history"
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"ruined house"
in 3 reviews
"coffee shop"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 4 reviews
"old house"
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"definitely worth"
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"its heyday"
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"check website"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The man was an excellent sales person and such a delight. We showed up on a whim to see the Castle but no one was there. NicAngels was the only shop that was open, and Damien was amazing. He gave us the history of the...More

Thank caitt3
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned to Duckett’s Grove Castle, which we went to on our last trip to Ireland. It is supposed to be haunted by a Banshee, as per the TV Show Destination Truth. This time, I had been in contact with County Carlow Tourism and they...More

Thank QGJohn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent venue in Carlow. What a beautiful building and it’s great to see it in use. I would love to see it developed further. As a venue for the car show, it supplied ample parking, good stalls and a fun day.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great location and the tea room is very good. There was a car show on the day we went, so tons of people, but it was still beautiful and we had great fun exploring. No fee. Perfect picnic spot. Nicely maintained gardens.

Thank Beckibecka
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

A beautiful discovery off the normal touristy beaten path. We had a great time taking a break from driving to enjoy the sunshine and check out the castle and the grounds. I would love to visit when an event is happening, it looks amazing!

Thank Leigh Ann S
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Ducketts grove is a ruin well worth a visit, the castle hosts numerous events, Christmas markets, the tea room, relay for life among many others sun or snow this place is worth a visit one of Carlows hidden treasures ❤️

Thank Laurajane94
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

I spent my weekends and summers horse riding here, the childhood of dreams! On a beautiful spring/summers day its perfect for a stroll with family or alone, there’s loads of open space for children to run round so bring a frisbee or ball. There’s tea...More

Thank Mellybrod
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Enjoy a very relaxing afternoon in Carlow's Duckets Grove. Walk through the walled gardens and view the ruins of the house. Then indulge in afternoon tea & cake in the Tea Rooms.

Thank RealChairman
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

I wanted to see a few sites that were rumored to be haunted and that is how I came across Duckett's Grove. In retrospect I could say that almost any attraction in Ireland could be considered haunted but Duckett's Grove had the look of a...More

Thank Cuchisco
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

You are able to walk round the ruins in supervised and it is stunning inside and out. A lot of history. None of the rooms are named so you don’t actually know what they are but using our imagination was the fun part. There is...More

Thank Jacqueline F
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Alan I
14 May 2017|
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Response from eorourke | Property representative |
R93RF80 If you require any further information to plan your visit to Duckett's Grove visit the carlow garden trail website.
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JJY1964
27 April 2017|
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Response from eorourke | Property representative |
No you don't need to purchase a ticket as admission is free. Hope you enjoy your visit.
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deise0904
20 July 2016|
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Response from Mause11 | Reviewed this property |
From Carlow take R726 (Hacketstown Road) for 10 km to Killerig Cross Roads. Turn left at this junction onto the R418 for 2.5 km, turn left again at the junction.
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