Influenced by European and Italian Renaissance gardens

In the early 17th Century there was extensive garden making going on in Europe and the Italian Renaissance gardens had immense influence on the gardens here in Portumna Castle, planted by Richard De Burgh, the 4th Earl of Clanricarde. The northern approach to the Castle is set within three formal enclosures and was planted in the most up to date style of the 17th Century forming a very impressive layout. The inner courtyard known as the 'Grianian' or Ladies Garden is planted with Bay Laurel mop heads and box hedging surrounding old roses which are of the same variety (Moss) planted here in the 17th Century. They bloom only once a year from mid June to end of July and have a strong fragrance reflecting the atmosphere of the time.


The Kitchen garden situated to east of the courtyard was laid out on a grid pattern, providing vegetables, fruit and herbs for the Castle occupants. Today it has been restored by the OPW in partnership with Fas. The original paths were uncovered and match perfectly with Cuddihys map of 1791. Period techniques and heritage plants have been used to create a thriving vegetable plot, producing seasonal organic fruit and vegetables supplying local shops, restaurants and markets.  For more things to see and do in Portumna: click here


Visiting Times

  • Opening: Daily April- end of September. Possibly weekends only in October

    Times: 9.30am – 6pm Appointments NOT necessary



  • Address: Portumna, Co. Galway.

    GPS: 53° 5' 21" N, 8° 13' 17" W

    Directions: Go over the Portumna bridge, driving along the bridge road. At the fork, veer left onto Dominick Street. Continue straight on to Abbey Street to the gates of the forest park. Inside the gates veer right for the castle grounds.



What to Expect

  • Admission Fees: Adult €3 Senior Citizen/Group €2 Child/Student €1 Family €8

    Accessibility: Partial wheelchair accessibility.

    Children: Children of all ages are allowed.

    Dogs: Dogs on leads are allowed.

    Facilities: Toilets. No refreshments on site but amenities in town nearby.



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