elcome to the Gardens at Tullynally. Like the castle itself, they date back over 350 years. The Pakenhams (later Earls of Longford) settled here in the 17th century and three generations still live here as their family home. The layout of the gardens and magnificent parkland date mainly from the early 1800s, but the present owners, Thomas and Valerie Pakenham have added many new features. Take the main path to the walled Flower Garden and visit the llamas and the stone “Nandi” (sacred Indian bulls) next door or take the path to the Grotto with fantastic carvings by a local artist. Or follow the Forest Walk to the Chinese garden and onto the Lower Lake with its pair of swans.

Everywhere you will find superb trees and views – and pretty ornamental summer houses to rest in. For tree enthusiasts, there is a special Tree Trail to follow and for children an exciting Treasure Trail to explore.

After exploring the gardens, we suggest you return to the sunny Tearoom in the Castle Courtyard which offers teas, coffee and delicious homemade food throughout the day – And don't miss the splendid family coach on display.

As the castle is still a private home, we can offer tours of the main rooms only to groups by previous arrangement. For details, please see 'Contact'.

Tullynally Castle Gardens are open from April 19th to September 28th, Thursdays to Sundays, Bank Holidays and all of Heritage Week 23rd - 31st August.
11 am - 6pm.

Tickets are available from the Tearoom in the Castle Courtyard, which has the same opening hours as the Gardens.
For season tickets, please see details under 'Friends'.



Events

Saturday May 10th

Tree walk led by Thomas Pakenham at 12am and exhibition of "Green Men" carvings by Antoine Pierson. Entry €10. Children free.

Sunday May 18th

Rare & Special Plant Fair in the Castle Courtyard, 11 am - 6pm. Entry €12 per car [to include access to Castle Gardens]

Saturday June 28th

Summer concert in the Great Hall at 8pm sponsored by the Derravaragh Music Association.
See www.derravaraghmusic.ie. Guests may book pre-concert suppers in the Castle tearoom at or picnic in the Gardens from 6pm

Wednesday 13th August

The Tullynally 2014 Challenge – the annual 5 km roadrace around the castle demesne beginning at 8pm. Races for all ages with over €2500 in prizes.