The Midlands Sights

Heywood Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

The pretty Georgian village of Ballinakill contains the Heywood Gardens, which were 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. New signage on the history of the estate, as well as a car park, were added in 2014.

Sight Information


, Co. Laois, Ireland



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–dusk

Published 08/11/2015


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