The Trinity Retirement Association has organised a coach trip to and a private guided tour of Altamont Gardens Carlow to view the spring snowdrops. The trip will be on Wednesday 19th February. We will meet at the Davenport Hotel at 10.00am. Our coach will pick us up there and we will depart for Carlow at 10.30am sharp. We will stop for a soup and sandwich lunch at Rathwood Merry Tree in Tullow, which has been arranged for 12.30. The garden tour starts at 2pm. We can stop for coffee/tea at The Aboretum outside Carlow after the Altamont tour.
The cost for the trip is €30 per person. This includes the cost of the coach, the tour of the gardens and lunch. Coffee/tea at The Aboretum is not included. Guests are welcome.
The Davenport hotel is on Merrion St. Lower and just a few steps from the Lincoln Place gate of Trinity College. Pearse Dart Station, Westland Row and all buses serving Merrion Square, Clare St., Nassau St. will leave you close by. The Luas Green Line stops on Dawson St. We expect to be back at the Davenport around 6pm that evening.
Widely respected as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres (16 hectares). Recognised as one of the most beautiful gardens of Ireland, the estate gains much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in the avenues and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens. Lawns bisected by sculpted yews slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees and rhododendrons and lead in turn to a very different garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees.A fascinating walk through the Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen with its canopy of ancient oaks and huge stone outcrops lead the visitor to the River Slaney. When Corona North, who lovingly cared for the gardens for over 50 years died in 1999, the gardens were left to the State at her request. Ongoing restoration and maintenance continue under the stewardship of the Office of Public Works (OPW).
If you wish to join us on the trip you may reserve a place using our online ticket system below.
Executive Committee Trinity Retirement Association