House & Gardens
Mount Usher Gardens, with its Avoca Garden Café and Courtyard Shops, is situated in the village of Ashford, just under a 30-minute drive from The Beacon Hotel's location in Sandyford. As the Mount Usher Gardens are one of only 3 Irish gardens that made it on the UK’s The Good Gardens Guide, a visit will be well worth your while during your stay. In addition to the gardens, Mount Usher offers a comprehensive home produced menu in the Avoca Garden Cafe, as well as a shopping courtyard which is open all year round. Ample car parking is available, making the gardens within easy reach from The Beacon.
The initial design and planting of the Mount Usher Gardens were done by The Walpole Family in the 19th century. Over the next four generations, the Walpole’s bought more land, and continued to plant, design, and enhance these gardens. Today, the gardens boast the largest collection of Southern Hemisphere conifers in Ireland (28 Species), as well as a truly unique variety of trees and plants, some 5000 in total.
As the seasons' change, so do the beautiful colours and textures within the gardens. You can take a leisurely walk through the gardens with a guide to help you distinguish between the collection of trees. Enjoy a meal at the Avoca Garden Café or freshly baked bread from the Bakery. Browse through a variety of different products at the Courtyard Shops, including fashion, equestrian supplies, portrait photography and lovely things for the home and garden.
Mount Usher Gardens also hosts different events throughout the year, including live music, photography workshops, and a Heritage Day celebration. You can see what events are on here.
If you wish to take a guided tour, group tours are available to book throughout the year. For more information and prices, visit here.
Gardens are open 7 days a week, all year round, from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5:00 pm)
Avoca Garden Café
Mon to Fri: 9:30 am – 5pm (Full Menu available from 9.30am-4.30pm). Breakfast finishes at 11.40am
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 10am – 5pm (Full Menu available from 10am to 4.30pm). Weekend Breakfast finishes at 12pm
Adults - €8.00
Senior Citizens & Students - €7.00
Children (4-16yrs) - €4.00
Children (under 4yrs) - FREE
Group rates (20 or more) adults - €7.00
Group rates (20 or more) senior citizens - €6.00
Guided Tours (need advance booking) - €60.00
The Beacon will serve as the perfect base for you to explore the beautiful attractions both outside and within the city centre. Some of the most beautiful gardens, incredible houses and mansions, and quaint seaside towns are not far away from The Beacon. With our secure underground car-parking facilities, travelling to and from the city centre couldn't be more convenient. Be sure to check out our special offers and book your stay today.