Ardgillan Castle and Gardens, County Dublin
Argillan Castle, derived is name from the Irish “Árd Choill”, meaning “High Wood”. Located just 5 km from the coastal town of Skerries and set upon an elevated coastline with magnificent views of the Irish sea, this large county house is a must see if you’re visiting the north of Dublin.
Ardgillan was built in 1738 by Rev. Robert Taylor and the structure includes many castle-like embellishments. The house consists of two storeys and a basement. The ground floor and kitchen areas are open to the public. The upstairs however, houses a permanent exhibition on the Down Survey (which Robert Taylor’s grandfather was heavily involved in) with colour maps, texts as well as the Hutton Coachbuilders drawings and text.
The Ardgillan Demesne consists of 82 hectares of pastureland, mixed woodland and gardens. The gardens are divided up into three main sections: the Rose Garden, Walled Garden and the Potentilla Garden. The focal point of the Rose Garden is a stunning Victorian conservatory, which contains many ornamental plants and two wings devoted to citrus fruits and vegetables.
The Walled Garden is sub-divided further with each sub-section boasting its own particular theme from herbs to Irish plants and vegetable potager. Whilst the Potentilla Garden contains a newly established collection of Potentilla varieties of the species fruticosa, which now numbers in excess of sixty varieties.
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