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The John F Kennedy Arboretum

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John F Kennedy Arboretum
T: + 353 (0) 51 388171
A: John F. Kennedy Arboretum
New Ross
Co. Wexford

Opening Hours:

October-March: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
April: Daily 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. daily
May-August: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
September: 0 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. daily

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Admission fee applies.

John F Kennedy Arboretum

Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) and contains some 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Special features include an Ericaceous Garden (with 500 different rhododendrons and many varieties of azaleas and heathers), dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for large numbers of mallard, moorhen and rudd. A road provides access to the summit at 271 metres from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio visual show and provides access for people with disabilities.

The arboretum includes woodland walks, playground, tree houses, lake with ducks and fish to feed. A miniature train and a pony and trap operate during high season. Group guided walks are provided by arrangement.

Picnic site and playground. Miniature railway – €1.00 per person (seasonal/weather dependent). Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times.