Kilmacurragh Arboretum

Wicklow’s Secret Garden, Kilmacurragh is a true hidden gem and tree lovers paradise just a 10 minute drive from your colourful glamping caravan.

Kilmacurragh has one of the most important collections of mature exotic trees in Ireland and the story of these plants and how they came to be here is a tale of intrepid Victorian plant hunters, a wealthy family with a love of horticulture and a historic partnership between Kilmacurragh and Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.

Kilmacurragh has the greatest collection of Himalayan rhododendrons in Europe and is most famous for the rhododendron walk, a sight to behold in spring when the 18m avenue is carpeted in vibrant crimson petals like velvet underfoot. There is also a beautiful pond, tree walks, walled garden, and the family favourite, a sprawling Japanese Cedar on the front lawn whose maze of branches is the ideal natural playground!

Kilmacurragh is a child-friendly place with lots of open space, a relaxed atmosphere and picnic tables. The Brambles Café is a lovely new addition for a hot drink or snack after a refreshing walk.

Different areas of the gardens are dedicated to different parts of the world, for example South America, the Himalayas and China. With all the plants labelled it is great fun to try and guess which area is which!

  • Glamping top tip

    Don’t miss the great Chilean laurel which sheds scented golden leaves, the magnificent sight of the Magnolia Campbellii in full bloom or the guided tours which are a treasure trove of stories about the champion trees – champion trees are trees singled out as being among the country’s tallest, oldest or biggest.