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Ballyrobert Gardens

154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, County Antrim, BT39 9RT
A gravel path leading to a cottage decorated with an abundance of flowers.

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Ballyrobert Gardens. A Unique Irish Garden 

 Ballyrobert Gardens is a relatively new garden, designed and developed on a site with significant built and natural history by the owners, Maurice and Joy Parkinson. 

The result of their endeavours is a fabulous and unique garden with its Design Related to Everything Irish. 

The Traditional Entrance, of pillars, flat bar metal gate and a fairy tree set the scene for what the visitor will experience in this amazing 16 acre Irish garden. 

The Station Lawn with its huge copse of six different kinds of silver birch and flowing borders are a joy to behold with the 400 year old Cottage making its presence felt in the background. 

The Cottage Garden is awash with colour, scent and sounds for most of the year and in summer rambler roses tumble over the picket fence with aplomb. 

The Glenlinchy Borders and Lakeside Garden are populated with a wide array of plants from trees to swathes of 200 plus varieties of snowdrops in winter. 

The visit continues with a walk around the Lake, to a stunning Woodland Garden filled with groundcover and rare plants

The Orchard with its old Irish apples varieties, a natural pear sculpture and beehives reminds us of the importance of good food and Irish history bearing in mind there are apples here called the Blood of the Boyne and the Lough Tree of Wexford. 

Wherever  you go there are reminders that this is an Irish Garden with moon windows, hole trees and  Irish Barn, and the collection of plants has many varieties raised in Ireland and this includes the iconic Irish yew from Fermanagh.  

When you reach the exquisite Formal Garden the Irishness is very evident because this garden is in the shape of an Irish High Cross.

If you were in any doubt about the uniqueness of Ballyrobert Gardens, the final 'act' for the visitor to experience is the 10 acre Wild Garden with its giant spiral, concentric rings and the biggest St Bridgit’s Cross in Ireland. This is a wonderful natural area ideal for quiet walking, exploration, wildlife watching and enjoying peace and tranquillity. 

Part of this area includes an exemplar Earth Garden which is designed and maintained to show how the damage to the earth can be restored, through careful attention to everything natural. 

The culmination of the visit is a cup of tea in the self-help Tearoom or perhaps a picnic in the garden to reflect on a fist visit to a unique Irish Garden. 


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  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Guide Prices

Entrance Fee to garden: £4.50
Entrance to nursery: Free

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Opening Times

Season (1 Mar 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00

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