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Lucan, Co Dublin,
Republic of Ireland,

00353 (1) 628 0373

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:


Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
1st Feb - 1st Mar; daily; 2pm - 5pm
2nd June - 27th July; Daily; 2pm - 6pm
Heritage Week 23rd - 31st August 2pm - 6pm

Parties/Coaches: No
Group Appointment: Yes

Groups by appointment, casual visitors outside normal opening dates/times, please telephone beforehand.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Feb June - July

To see:

Snowdrops Shrubs and herbaceous borders

Admission Prices

Adult €6; Child free; Groups on application

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: No
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: No
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Guided tours available.

Garden Features & Events

One of the largest plantsman's gardens in Ireland. It has been built up over the last 40 years and surrounds a period house.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Finnstown Spa, and others at Lucan

Inns & Pubs:

O'Neills, Courtney, and others at Lucan

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Within walking distance of Village

Description of Garden

A true plantsman's garden of about 5ha nurtured since 1950 by the owners, Cicely and Robin Hall, this garden has a reputation for being one of the finest of its type with one of its best collections of plants In Ireland, excluding trees and shrubs. It is reached through a beech avenue with a small but growing arboretum on one side and has an excellent collection of snowdrops, including its own variety, so consequently is best visited in February. In mid-summer, the visitor is rewarded again with luxuriant herbaceous borders. Irises, lilies and lobelias feature strongly.

History Of Garden

Primrose Hill house is a regency villa attributed to the architect, James Gandon. Eamon de Valera and his political constitution adviser, Dr. Irwin were frequent visitors to the house in the 1920s and 1930s. The house and grounds were part of the Lucan House Demesne. Four generations of gardeners in the same family have tended and developed the garden at Primrose Hill with some plants there being in the family for over 100 years.

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