Victorian Working Garden

Dating to the late Victorian period, this wonderful horticultural Victorian Working Garden comprises three stand-alone glasshouses, pit houses and bothy building which were all fully restored in recent years. Managed by the Irish Heritage Trust since 2007, the volunteering redevelopment project ‘Bringing Fota’s Walled Garden back to life’ was recognised with the award of the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2015.

Our Victorian Working Garden is a beautifully restored space, lying to the back of the property. Since its restoration in 2012, our team have been sharing the beauty of the Victorian glasshouses, bothy buildings and a wide variety of interesting and unusual planting with our visitors. Volunteers will give a tour of the history of the working gardens including the orchard. Visitors are welcome to walk around this reclaimed space and explore the working glasshouses and pit houses, buy some of the volunteers’ wonderful plants, sit on a well-positioned bench and take in the atmosphere.

Guided tours are available 7 days a week from March to September at 12:00 and at other time by arrangement. Please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Click here for visitor information.

RHSI members get 50% discount admission to the Victorian Working Garden on the production of current membership cards.