Before our very first visit to the Killruddery House and Gardens we imagined it to be a smaller, less impressive version of the Powerscourt Estate; we could not have been more wrong.
Killruddery is a living, working house, gardens and farm. It has been home to sixteen generations of the Brabazon family and today it is run by husband and wife Anthony and Fionnuala Ardee. From May to September the grounds are open daily from 9.30am to 6.00pm with numerous events and activities taking place throughout the day during the summer months. These include organised tours of the manor house, cooking demonstrations, opera evenings and multiple events for children ranging from plays to fairy tale fun fairs. For further details on what’s happening this week see Killruddery House and Garden events calendar.
On a Saturday mornings there are yoga classes, including prenatal yoga and a bustling farmers market. If time permits we highly recommend starting your weekend with a yoga class, followed by coffee and scones from the market that can be enjoyed in the beautiful gardens.
By mid-day the place is buzzing and everyone under the age of 10 is drawn to the huge sand pit, which finds itself next to the chickens and the vegetable garden.
The sand pit is one of the largest in the area and they kindly provide all the ‘digging equipment’. Once your little one has turned into an adorable ‘sandy monster’ take him to see the pig and the piglets. I am told these will be enjoyed at the annual Christmas Market.
We strongly urge you not to wait until Christmas time to visit this incredible estate. In fact the only downside (apart from us not residing in the gorgeous manor house) is that Killruddery House and Gardens are not open on a daily basis all year around.