When the weather's good, Knockabbey Castle and Gardens is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Originally built in 1399, the castle was expanded by the Bellew family in 1650 and again in 1754, before suffering major damage in an IRA raid in 1923. The real treat here is the restored water gardens, which date back to as far as the 11th century. A stroll will take you through wildflower meadows, herbaceous borders, a Victorian flower garden, and a restored glasshouse.
Louth, Co. Louth, Ireland