Altamount Gardens , Tullow, Co Carlow is one of my favourite local places to visit. It always seems you know exactly what season it is by the gardens there. The house was built upon the site of an earlier house from the 16th century.
The peacock at Altamount (being chased by my children in this photo!) getting ready to fly.
The entrance into the gardens with its stone walls and iron gates.
A little look into the walled gardens, Plant Sales and Cafe area. In summer the beauty and height of the plants growing in here is a must see. The Plant Sales contain plants and flowers that you see around the gardens and much more. You'll see varieties and colours that you can't find in other places.
The lake itself is a manmade creation built in the 1850s . The colours and growth change dramatically with the seasons. Spot the little statue!
Glorious flowers everywhere.
There is something to see in every inch of the gardens.
No trip is ever complete for children without a climb into this magnificent tree in the middle of the main garden.
This is just a small glimpse of the garden, I haven't mentioned the woodland walks, the walk along the River Slaney, the 100 steps, The Temple.
And entrance is free! We live not too far away and sometimes it feels like our local park, what a grand local park to have.