Mount Congreve House and Gardens, Waterford

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Mount Congreve House was built in about 1760 by the local architect John Roberts, who subsequently designed and built most of the 18th-century public buildings in Waterford, including both cathedrals. His client was John Congreve of Waterford, whose father the first Ambrose Congreve had played a prominent part in the development of the city until his early death in 1741.



Ambrose Congreve had been a successful merchant, banker, politician and land developer, and his son was following the trend for a successful businessman to acquire a country estate when he bought a tract of land a few miles outside the city from the Christmas family of Whitfield. Here he built, on a spectacular site overlooking the River Suir, what became Mount Congreve (the original Irish name, Bruachaille, means “the edge of a cliff”).

The Congreves were in constant residence and the estate passed in direct descent from father to son until the recent death of the late Mr Ambrose Congreve. On inheriting the house in 1963 Mr Congreve remodelled and embellished the house.

However Mount Congreve is ultimately famous for being the home of one of “the great gardens of the Worl
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  • fabulous garden helpful staff, everything is labled there are route maps to show you what to look out for. It is so peaceful, serene and historic. They hold a rare plant fair in May - oh what a day!! ...  more »
  • We found this place on TripAdvisor as we had never heard of it before. It is truly a hidden gem for any one remotely interested in gardening. The grounds have some amazing collections of various flowe...  more »
  • This is a gem of a place. The house, the gardens, the coffee shop & the shop to buy plants & potatoes. It's a great way to spend an afternoon and only a few kilometers from waterford city.  more »
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  • What a beautiful place! The gardens are well kept and presented, with 4 clearly marked routes for you to walk (varying from a short 20 minutes walk to the longer hour and a half walk, depending on your preferences and fitness levels). All of the staff were friendly and welcoming, and the selection of food and drinks at the tea shop were also really impressive. Will definitely be returning.
  • Beautiful historic gardens. Excellent walks with many points of interest dotted through the gardens and many interesting exotic trees and plants. Friendly welcome. Garden centre and tea shop. Well worth a visit.
  • It's one of our favorite places to go for a day out with kids. Lots of paths for walks and great areas for picnics and resting. Spring and early summer are perfect time to visit the gardens and see them in full bloom. However with good weather, Congreve Gardens are welcoming in every season (as long as it's open). Small cafe is a nice addition for tired walkers and kids would love ice cream and juice after long day spent in the nature.
  • This is one of the best gardens in Ireland, some times of the year are better than others in terms of floral displays but it's always worth a look and if you're into trees then there's a Lot going on there as well with many foreign species growing. A certain amount of plants are sold in the courtyard as well and the cafe has nice cakes and soup/sandwich options if you want to pass the time that way. One of the jewels in the crown of Waterford and Ireland. Allow at least 2 hours to wander the walled gardens and beyond
  • Such a hidden gem, nice little coffee shop, wonderful staff and outstanding gardens unfortunately it closes at the end of September which is a shame as autumn would be amazing to experience in those magnificent gardens

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There aren't an overwhelming number of places to stay in the city center of Waterford, so consider looking into options in the surrounding neighborhoods. There are a few hotels, smaller lodgings, and a hostel in the heart of the city--the Norman quarter. However, as you venture outside the city center you'll find many traditional bed and breakfasts, cottage-style guesthouses, and family-owned accommodations. The city is easy to get around, so if you stay in a more commercial area, you will still be able to experience the magic of its medieval streets and fortifications.
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