Walk through the little wooden gate at the entrance to Ballymaloe Cookery School and step into a veritable Eden. Beyond the main cookery school building (once an old apple store), lie several captivating gardens - some carefully designed and highly ornate, others allowed to grow wild at certain times of the year. Each space has a unique personality and a special story of its own to communicate.
The gardens may be enjoyed one by one over the course of several visits to the school. Ideally, however, a most pleasurable morning or afternoon can be passed meandering from one to the next. Our popular Garden Tours, conducted by our knowledgeable Garden Guides, are an absolute must for anyone keen to learn more about:
Whether you are a gardening novice or have a green thumb, we offer a number of Gardening Courses & Workshops throughout the school year that suit everyone. We are delighted to receive regular visits from both national and international tour-groups with a special interest in learning about the indigenous species of flowers and plants. Our gardens are managed by an expert team who encourage plant growth with generous doses of organic manure in early Spring and give constant care and attention throughout the year.
Open All Year
- Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5:30pm
- Closed Sunday.
The Glasshouses are generally open Monday to Friday, and visitors are welcome to come in and look around as part of The Farm Walk.
Includes entry into the gardens & Organic Farm.
Please phone us on +353 21 4646785 to arrange a garden tour.
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
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 June to September.