The Midlands Sights


Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens Review

Ballinakill, a pretty Georgian village about 5 km (3 miles) south of Abbeyleix, contains the Heywood Gardens, designed by the English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century within an existing 18th-century park. The Lutyenses' house burned down, but the gardens, with landscaping most likely attributable to the famed Gertrude Jekyll, are worth a detour. Guided one-hour tours are available through this gardener's paradise, where a formal lawn flanked by traditional herbaceous borders leads to a sunken Italian garden. Highlights include a rose called Natalie Naples and Johnston's Blue geraniums.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
  • Phone: 057/873–3563
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 9–dusk
  • Website:
  • Location: Abbeyleix
Updated: 04-28-2014

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