Garden Tours

One of the most popular activities for guests to Ballymaloe Cookery School is our Garden Tour. We are fortunate to be surrounded here at the Cookery School by some of the most beautiful gardens in County Cork. With each of the different gardens having its own unique atmosphere and history, our Garden Tour is highly recommended as a wonderful way to learn about the evolution of these gardens over the years, particularly after Tim and Darina Allen moved to Kinoith as a young couple.

What better way to learn about the wide variety of plants, flowers and vegetables than to have one of our knowledgeable tour guides point them out and describe them to you. Depending on how much time you have, our tour can last from 45 to 90 minutes and is peppered with information about the concepts involved in the various garden designs, their key features and what is planned for them in the future. Weather and time permitting, our tour will take in visits to each of our gardens, including part of the farm.

A guide will be provided free of charge for groups of more than 15 people with an admission price of €7.50 pp. (Concessions do not apply to tours.)

We charge €20 for a guide for groups of 15 people or less. We have a minimum charge of €60 for very small groups.

Please phone us in advance  on +353 21 4646785 to arrange a garden tour.

OUR SPLENDID GARDENS INCLUDE:

The Water Garden

The Water Garden

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The Soft Fruit Garden

The Soft Fruit Garden

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The Celtic Maze & Wildflower Meadow

The Celtic Maze & Wildflower Meadow

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Topiary & Shell House

Topiary & Shell House

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The Old Pleasure Garden

The Old Pleasure Garden

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The Herb Garden

The Herb Garden

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Lydia's Garden

Lydia's Garden

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The Ornamental Fruit Garden

The Ornamental Fruit Garden

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The Kitchen Potager

The Kitchen Potager

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GARDEN OPENING HOURS & PRICES

Garden Opening Hours

Open All Year

- Monday - Saturday 11am - 5:30pm
- Closed Sunday.

Glasshouse Opening Hours

The Glasshouses are generally open Monday to Friday, and visitors are welcome to come in and look around as part of The Farm Walk.

Admission

  • Adult: €8.50
  • OAP & Students: €7.00
  • Children (8-16 years old): €6.50
  • Children Under 8: FREE
  • Family (2 adults/3 Kids): €25
  • Annual Ticket: €45 per person
  • Annual Family Ticket €80

Includes entry into the gardens & Organic Farm.

Garden Tours

  • Guided Garden Tours may be booked.
  • A guide will be provided free of charge to groups over 15 people with an admission price of €7.50 pp.  
  • Concessions do not apply to tours.  
  • We charge €20 for a guide for groups under 16.  
  • A minimum fee of €60 applies for a guided tour for very small groups.

Please phone us on +353 21 4646785 to arrange a garden tour.

Farm Walk

A visit to the Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens can be extended to include a highly recommended visit to our beautiful organic farm.

The Farm Walk begins just beyond The Shell House at the end of The Topiary Garden. Follow the Butterfly Archway