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“Great Castle; a place to linger” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Duckett's Grove

Duckett's Grove
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Carlow
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th and early 20th century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 12,000 acre (4,856 hectares) estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country.The first phase of the revival of two old walled gardens has now been completed by Carlow County Council, the old paths revealed and the beds and borders reinstated. Stylistically the new planting schemes echo the past yet reflect changing fashions, utilising plants and planting patterns that may have evolved over time.The Upper Walled Garden, hedged with boxwood, is planted with historical varieties of shrub roses, a collection of Chinese and Japanese peonies, a great variety of hardy and tender perennials and choice flowering shrubs.The Lower Walled Garden, once the site of the old orchard, contains a selection of fruits, including figs and historical varieties of Irish apples amongst others. The borders also contain a variety of shrubs and perennials all echoing the past history of the gardens and people associated with Duckett’s Grove. Restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.
Waterford, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great Castle; a place to linger”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

A most unexpected treat, a little off the beaten track. The castle and house are splendidly gothic, like something from a movie. The walled gardens were a little sparse but peaceful in the warm sunshine. Service in the Tearoom was slow, but I think that might be the charm of the place - easy going and leisurely. Food was homemade and delicious, and people were very friendly and curious to make conversation. The craft shop was average, but it might be end of the season there.

Visited August 2014
3 Thank storym
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Gorey, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

From a history point of view, this sad building shows in its walls how proud it once stood. Take the guided tour (when available) and you learn yet more Irish history. The Walled garden is beautiful and serene. Each small craft shop shows the talent of the local people, from stained glass to knitting. Enjoy this trip-well worth a visit and end up with a lovely scone and tea from the tea-shop! Give yourself time to be served if with a group - the poor staff are run off their feet!! Enjoy!

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Christy_Luv2
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Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

We took a trip out to Duckett's Grove to see the castle and the gardens. We arrived later so we were unable to tour the caste inside and have tea but we could still view the gardens and walk on the outside of the castle. It's really amazing and even though it's in ruin, it's pretty stunning to see. It's totally worth the trip.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank HIDHOlovestotravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Nice place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Stopped off to see Duckett's Grove while in the area. So glad we did it was nice place to see & wander around in the sunshine . A piece of history & colourful gardens to explore . Unfortunately the tea rooms weren't open the day we visited . Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank procus
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Waterford, Ireland
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42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Long waited to visit disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

have been waiting for a long time to visit the house/ castle while not much from the inside is great from the outside just dont bother to go in the staff at information / payment desk pure bored really dont care felt that they didnt want visitors there was a local event on for the irish cancer society so gardens werent enjoyable either the history of the house nor the architecture are highllight at any point truly disappointed

Visited June 2014
1 Thank greatspins
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