The Garden Shop

At the entrance to Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm & Gardens is The Garden Shop. It stocks a wide variety of:

  • Gift items
  • Artisan cheese and meat products
  • Difficult-to-source ingredients
  • Gourmet food products
  • Organic free-range eggs
  • Organic produce from the farm
  • Baked goods, including brown yeast bread and sourdough
  • A wider range of cookbooks
  • Kitchen essentials
  • Organic, biodynamic & natural wines
  • Frozen Saturday Pizzas
  • Raw milk from our own Dairy

We also sell tickets for the The Gardens & Farm Walk

A Little History

The Shanagarry Farm Shop

"I went down to the end of the road and put up a sandwich board with a chalk sign for 'Shanagarry Farm Shop & Garden Cafe'....Within a few weeks, we were employing three extra people." Darina Allen

The Shanagarry Farm Shop, probably the first farm shop in the country, was established in 1982, just one year before the Cookery School was founded. Having successfully sold apples from their farm for a number of years, Tim and Darina wondered whether they might be able to expand their offering, and with an idea forming of how they could do this, they went to England to research how farm shops were being run over there. Inspired by their trip, they returned to initially set up a 'Pick Your Own Fruit & Vegetables' area, as well as convert the old mushroom packing shed into their new farm shop. The shelves were lined with traditional wicker baskets filled with fresh vegetables, free-range chickens, salamis, and a wonderful selection of cakes and biscuits. The Farm Shop was much loved by local people, summer residents of the nearby caravan parks and other visitors, and the Corkonians who make a special trip out from the city just to buy our fresh vegetables and fruit.

Many years later we again opened a shop on the farm, this time the Garden Shop at Ballymaloe Cookery School and it is now run by Toby and Penny Allen who source delightful gifts from around the world and of course wonderful produce from the farm.


Garden Opening Hours

Open All Year

- Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 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.


  • 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

food truck

The Food Truck and Field Café at Ballymaloe Cookery School opens from June-September.

We serve light lunches using produce from the farm and wonderful Irish artisan food producers, homemade kefir and kombucha, delicious Golden bean coffee, loose leaf tea and a selection of freshly baked seasonal cakes and sweet treats.

Opening times are from 10am-4.30pm Monday- Saturday.