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Opening Hours SlideJust a reminder that as of Monday the 3rd of October, we will be closed weekdays. The House and Garden will be open on Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 6pm, with last entrance to the Garden at 5pm.

We have some terrific events coming up in October including, Alys Fowler, Mushroom Hunting, Halloween and Woodcraft. Take a look here to find out more

WeARCHERY SLIDE are delighted to be the venue for the World Archery Field Championship. This very special event is taking place in the Gardens and there will be different charges to normal for entrance:

Adult Day €10.00
Child Day €5
Family Weekend €45.00
Adult Weekend €15.00

You can purchase tickets here or on the day at our Entrance Shop.  The Farm Market is on Saturday as normal and there is no entrance or parking fee for the market.

There is no separate/general entrance for those that just wish to visit the Garden this event is taking place throughout. These charges will apply to all visitors this weekend, with the exception of Killruddery Members for whom entrance is free. 


Culture Night Logo

Killruddery Arts is developing an exhibition of items from the Killruddery archives. Some of these newly reprinted images and documents, curated by the Brabazon family, will be exhibited as part of the Culture Night activities in Bray Town and Seafront. Our guides will be on hand to answer questions about the items and will give a short talk about the exhibition at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. The talk will illuminate the living history between Bray and Killruddery and will be fun for historical expert and amateur alike.

Please note that the House, Gardens and Estate are not open this evening to the public.

For information on all Wicklow’s Culture Night Activities visit their website


nicoandmartin launch Owl Music, an album for night-time…

2015’s Artists-in-Residence nicoandmartin will return to Killruddery on Ocotber 8th to launch their new album Owl Music. Owl Music is a circular nocturne of original instrumental lullaby with interludes of sea, played on double bass, piano, harp, concertina, guitar, shruti and sansula, created by musicians Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden. 

Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden have been playing music together for more than 20 years. Professional performers and composers, their album for families ‘Out Of The Door Of The Ark’, was re-released in 2014.

Owl Music‘ has been 5 years in the making. We have families of our own and we’ve worked with families long enough to know how important bedtime listening nm13is. So we started recording a seamless bedtime concert of instrumental lullaby music for children and their parents.

When it was finished, and we asked friends of all ages for their reactions, we realised it was perhaps an album for children, their parents, and for anyone else who likes gentle listening at the close of day – or at any other time. Andy pointed out we had a nocturne on our hands.

nm10It did put Rosie (7) – and Nancy (5) – and Neal (60) to sleep. Fionnuala says “I listened to Owl Music while giving birth to my daughter Evelyn and found it cocooning, soothing and transformative.”. Meg found it good music to make puppets to. Kristin said it sounded like a story, a hero’s journey. Simon thought it Satiesque. Didier in Brittany said (in French) it was perfect late-night cafe music, and Guy loved the idea of it being for smooching night-birds. Anto suggested a lie-down launch…

Singer-songwriter Lisa Lambe will make a guest appearance at the launch, which Fionnuala & Anthony will be hosting.

Facebook and Twitter: @nicoandmartin

Please be aware that The Tea Room will be closed to the public on Wednesday 7th Septemnber 2016.

The Wagon in the Walled Garden will be open and serving tea, coffee and a limited menu.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We thank you for your understanding.

Slide Show Tomato Festival


We hope you are all as excited as we are for this weekends festival of Tomatoes. You can download the programme here!

And if you are entering in some prize specimens please find out more here. 

See you all Sunday.



The month of September is set to begin with a mouthwatering festival that’s fit for foodies and gardeners alike. The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival on Sunday 4th of September is dedicated to all kinds of tomatoes, especially heirloom and open-pollinated, and the wondrous diversity they represent. We aim to bring together a community of tomato growers who are pursuing deliciousness through growing more than just your standard varieties (nice as they are).

The highlight of the festival will be a colourful display of nearly 70 varieties of different sizes, shapes, and colours showing the incredible biodiversity of this humble fruit we so often take for granted. If you are growing unusual types, we encourage you to bring them along on the day, and if you are growing regular tomatoes you can enter our competition. Talks, recipes and even a few history lessons on one of our favourite store cupboard items, round out the day.

Read on for a taste of what the day entails and join our growing tomato community!

Several competitions will be held over the day where tomatoes of various classes and categories will be inspected by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded for the best tomato in each category, and there are a couple of interesting ones – such as weirdest or ugliest tomato! If you want to go more unique still, how about creating a tomato-themed costume to be judged?

The festival will also feature discussions and recipe demonstrations. Festival founder Nicky Kyle tells you how to make the most of your tomatoes, Dr. Matthew Jebb gives an informative lesson on the history of the tomato, and Madeleine McKeever will explain how the fruit moved from growing in the wild into warm cosy greenhouses all over the world. Dearbhla Reynolds of The Cultured Club shares the club’s recipe for tomato salsa, Denise Dunne of The Herb Garden will provide tips on growing and caring for basil, and Killruddery’s own Séamus Hogan will demonstrate tomato-based budget recipes.

Aside from our tomato-based fun, some of our friends from our weekly Farm Market will be available for the prefect garnishes to your tomato dishes. We will also be serving Killruddery barbecue, cakes, ice cream and plenty of other treats.

The festival will be open to the public from 11.30am on the day. Normal garden entrance fees apply. Tempted to join in? Visit our website for contest rules and regulations.

We hope we will see you and your tomatoes here,
Fionnuala, Anthony, & The Killruddery Team