Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Ballon

Altamont Gardens

One of Ireland's most magnificent landscaped gardens, Altamont covers 16 hectares on the banks of the River Slaney, with carefully selected plantings arranged in naturalistic settings where peacocks, swans, squirrel…
Ruins in St Mullins

St Mullins Monastery

This important monastic site, founded in the 7th century by St Moling, was the legendary burial place of the Kings of Leinster. The remains include four church buildings dating from the 10th to the 15th centuries, t…
Castle in Clonegal

Huntington Castle

The core of Huntington Castle is a spooky, dusty old tower house built in 1625 by Sir Laurence Esmonde, now surrounded by Georgian terraces and flamboyantly castellated Victorian extensions. Related to the Esmondes …
Gardens in County Carlow

Duckett's Grove

Dominated by the jackdaw-haunted ruins of a Gothic fantasy of a country house, the former seat of the Duckett family (the house burned down in 1933) was taken over by Carlow County Council in 2005. The walled garden…
Museum in Carlow Town

Carlow County Museum

This thoroughly engaging museum focuses on the lives of local people through the ages. There are some real one-offs, such as the trapdoor from the county gallows, dating from the early 1800s, and a 6m-high exquisite…
Historic Building in Borris

Borris House

This impressive Tudor Gothic mansion, the ancestral home of the McMorrough Kavanghs, High Kings of Leinster, was modelled in 1810–20 around the earlier shells of an 18th-century house and a 15th-century castle. The …
Gallery in Carlow Town

Visual Centre for Contemporary Art

British architect Terry Pawson was behind the factory-inspired industrial design of this concrete, steel and glass cultural centre which, some consider, sits in uneasy alliance with the historic cathedral across the…
Gardens in Carlow Town

Delta Sensory Gardens

A dozen or so interconnecting, themed gardens span the five senses – from sculpture garden to formal rose garden, water and woodland garden, willow garden and even a musical garden with mechanical fountains. Admissi…
Ruins in Carlow Town

Carlow Castle

Built by William Marshal on the site of an earlier Norman motte-and-bailey fort, this 13-century castle survived Cromwell's attentions. It later succumbed to the grand plans of a certain Dr Middleton, who decided to…
Gardens in Borris

Kilgraney House Herb Gardens

These delightful gardens are home to a heady cocktail of medicinal and kitchen herbs growing in orderly profusion; the recreated medieval monastic herb garden is a favourite. The herbs are used in the kitchens of th…