John F. Kennedy Arboretum

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New Ross, Co. Wexford,
Republic of Ireland,

00353 51 388171

00353 51 388172

jfkarboretum@opw.ie

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2018-01-17 01:13:00


Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

All year, except Christmas Day & Good Friday; May - Aug, 10am - 8pm; Apr & Sept, 10am - 6.30pm; Oct - Mar 10am - 5pm. Last admission 45 mins before closing.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

No, but booking advisable if guided tour required (at no extra charge).

House Open for Viewing: Yes

(Visitor Centre)

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Apr - May Sept - Oct.

To see:

Rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers (750 varieties in all) Autumn colour, especially maples (170 varieties).

Admission Prices

Adult, €4, Heritage card €25
Child, €2, Heritage card €10
Over 60s, €3, Heritage card €20
Family, €10, Heritage card €60 Season ticket €35.

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

Visitor centre with A/V, Play area (7 - 14 years), miniature railway (7 1/4 gauge) afternoons in summer, nature trail and signposted walks.

Garden Features & Events

Ericaceous garden, dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers, climbing plants and lake.

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


Hotels & Accommodation:

Creacon Lodge Hotel & Restaurant Kilmokea Country Manor Brandon House Hotel

Restaurants:
Inns & Pubs:

The Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola, on the N25

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

New Ross Town & surrounding area

Description of Garden

The Arboretum was established in 1968 and is located 12km south of New Ross off the R733. It is over 250 ha in extent and rises from 36m at its southern boundary to 271m at the summit of Slieve Coillte, the Mountain of the Woods. Half of the total area is devoted to the Plant Collection, which contains over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs, planted in botanical sequence. Two hundred forest plots of different species, with a separate area allocated to each continent, spread across the higher slopes. The summit, accessible by road, provides panoramic views over six counties.

Special features include an Ericaceous garden, with 750 different rhododendrons, azaleas, and heathers, dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum and is a haven for water fowl.

History Of Garden

The Arboretum was initiated by Irish-Americans in 1968 who wished to create a living memorial to President Kennedy. The Irish Government undertook to meet the additional costs of establishment and maintenance. The Arboretum was part of the Research Branch of the Forest Service for its first 20 years and close liason was maintained with the National Botanic Gardens to ensure its proper development. Like the Research Branch, the Arboretum was placed in Coillte Teoranta, the Irish Forestry Board for 4 years, but in 1993 it was transferred to the the Heritage Service of the Office of Public Works.

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