Mount Congreve – Hidden Gem of Gardens in the South East

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Mount Congreve an inspiring location full of wonder, with its enchanting and award winning world famous and historic gardens. Mount Congreve is known as one of the greatest gardens in the world.

Contact Details

Mount Congreve
Co. Waterford.
Phone – +353 (0)51 384115
E-mail –
Website –

Located approximately 7km from Waterford City.


  • €5.00 per person
  • Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult

Opening Hours

Thursday – Sunday 10am – 530PM
Bank Holiday Monday’s 11am – 530PM.
Last admission is at 430PM

Important Information

No dogs other then guide dogs and service dogs are permitted.

The Mount Congreve estate is located just outside the beautiful village of Kilmeaden, County Waterford, along the banks of the majestic River Suir. Mount Congreve is located about 7 km from Waterford City and is now located on the new Waterford Green Way.

This historic estate dates from the 18th century Georgian period. The Architect of the estate was renowned and respected Waterford Architect John Roberts. He is extremely famous in Waterford as he designed and oversaw the building of the majority of Waterford’s public buildings that were constructed in the 18th Century. He designed both of Waterford’s magnificent Cathedrals that are located in Waterford City.

places to sit in mount congreve

Relaxing Benches are stationed through out the Gardens if you get tired.

The beautiful mansion at Mount Congreve is perfectly situated, nestled into its stunning surroundings along the banks of the River Suir and also has beautiful views over to County Kilkenny. With its magnificent views along the historic and formidable River Suir, surrounded by its breath taking and inspiring Gardens, Mount Congreve is the perfect location to visit for anyone who has an interest and love of horticulture and wildlife, it is also the perfect family day out and is the perfect location for a leisurely walk through magnificent surroundings.

long walk of the gardens

You can really stretch your legs in this 72 acre master garden

Originally from Staffordshire the first member of the Congreve family to move to Waterford was Rev John Congreve, his Grandson who also inherited the estate was John Congreve he was responsible for having Mount Congreve commissioned in 1760. This beautiful historic building and its enchanting estate was the home to 6 generations of the Congreve Family, until 2011, when Ambrose Congreve died at the age of 104.

secret path in mount congreve

There are loads of secret little paths scattered through out the Garden. They eventually get you back to the right spot.

Mount Congreve is world famous for its breath taking gardens, which are located on a massive area covering 70 acres. The gardens are also home to a four acre walled garden. The garden at Mount Congreve is home to over 3000 species of trees and shrubs, 2000 Rhododendrons, and hundreds of rare and wonderful species of plants and tree. Mount Congreve gardens are also internationally renowned for its specialist plant nurseries and rare and wonderful species of plants.

The temple in Mount Congreve

Stunning architecture is not only found at the house but in monuments in the garden.

Ambrose Congreve achievements in the world of gardening were acknowledged when he was awarded a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to the world of horticulture, Ambrose was also granted an honorary Doctorate by Trinity College Dublin. Ambrose also won 13 Gold Medals at the world famous Chelsea Garden Show for his stunning Gardens at Mount Congreve.

area for picnic in mount congreve

You’re able to bring picnics to Mount Congreve so families can relax and enjoy nature.

Mount Congreve is an inspiring location with so much to see, every time you go to visit these amazing gardens you discover something new and exciting. I can honestly say you visit a different garden every time you go as no day is ever the same, with new flowers coming into season and the changing colours and light, its is truly an enchanting wonder of the South East.

gorgeous flowers in mount congreve

The area is truly amazing with flora and fauna everywhere to be seen.


About the Author:

Sinead is the head of our Historical and Cultural research team. Sinead studied Archaeology with modular Anthropology, and has Post Graduate qualifications in Heritage Management, including History, Museum Management and Religious Studies.

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