Delta Sensory Gardens and Garden Centre
Opening Hours:Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Closed weekends in Jan. & Feb.
Please check in at the Sensory Gardens Reception upon arrival.
Delta Sensory Gardens and Garden CentreStrawhall Estate, Carlow.
Described as an oasis of peace and tranquility, Delta Sensory Gardens consist of a series of interconnecting gardens of a multi-sensory nature covering 2.5 acres (1 hectare). These award winning gardens are the first of their kind in Ireland with a therapeutic focus and benefit people of all abilities.
A combination of both formal and informal landscapes allow visitors to meander round at will, watch splashing fountains and waterfalls, enjoy herbs and perfumed plants, many in raised beds (suitable for access by wheelchair), watch fish, reflect on sculptures, or simply sit around and enjoy flowers and foliage. The gardens offer something for every season from thousands of daffodils and tulips in spring to the abundant double flowering gorse in summer and the rustic colour of the many trees and beech hedges in autumn and into winter. The amazing water features will take your breath away, with splashing fountains, cascading waterfalls and the kugal, one ton of pink marble floating on a cushion of water. The garden centre stocks a wide range of shrubs and seasonal plants for sale.
Visitors can wander through the various gardens at their own pace or as a group. Guided tours are also available. After the tour visitors may wish to try out the on-site restaurant for its delicious home cooking, light lunches or a snack with tea or coffee (group bookings essential). Visitors can also check out the many seasonal offers in the garden sales area, where a variety of bedding plants, bulbs and a selection of shrubs are stocked.
Check out the website for many events held throughout the year including Daffodil Week, Summer Sale, Garden Festival, Christmas Lights Display and Craft Fair. A large selection of arts and crafts is available at the different events many of which are handmade at Delta.
Directions from Carlow Town: Strawhall Industrial Estate is located off Cannery Road, the road which serves Dr. Cullen Park G.A.A. Grounds, on the outskirts of Carlow town close to the Athy Road roundabout. Follow brown tourist signs. From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9 motorway and follow signs for Carlow Town.
Admission charges: Adults €5, senior citizens / students €4, children with adult free