This is an arboretum particularly famous for its conifers and calcifuges, planted during the 19th century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son, Sir Frederick Moore, curators of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. It was a time of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous species from around the world being brought back to Ireland through Glasnevin. The more favourable soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Restoration work is being carried out on the grounds. There is also limited access for visitors with disabilities.
Opening Times: All year Mon - Sat 09:00-18:0
“ The gardens are located south of Dublin in east Wicklow, just 3 km from the N11 road, between Wicklow town and Rathdrum.
If driving South from Dublin on the N11, you need to turn right at the Beehive pub, which lies c.3 km after the second junction to Rathnew/Wicklow, this is also c.1km South of where the dual carriageway turns to single carriageway.
Keep to the main route, and you will find the entrance on your left after 4 1/2 km.
If driving FROM the south on the N11, turn left at Romany Stone (formerly the Tap Inn), this is c.13km north of the last Arklow junction, and 1km north of Lil Doyle's). Drive c. 2 1/2 km to a T-junction and turn left. The arboretum is 300m on your left.
If driving from Rathdrum, leave the village on the R752 towards Glenealy. After 5km turn right and after a further 2.5km you will come to a T-junction. Turn right and the arboretum is on your left after c. 1km.
either use the Garmin loc8 system with this code: SLP-21-LP9
or input the following latitude 52.9341 and longitude -6.1529.The girth of this tree is not known. This tree was planted in 1850, which makes it exactly 163 years old (Maarten Windemuller, Oct 1, 2011).