About Mount Usher Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens: where the planting is enchanting!

Delightful in every aspect, Mount Usher is one of the finest examples of an authentic ‘Robinsonian’ style garden combining a distinguished collection of trees and shrubs with informal floral planting schemes in a sheltered valley setting. There is an ever changing panoply of colours and textures enhanced by wafting scents as one season changes to another. We provide you with a detailed tree trail guide to help you locate the many ‘show-stoppers’ as you wander around.

Mount Usher Gardens, with its Avoca Garden Café and Courtyard Shops is situated in the village of Ashford, just 35 minutes south of Dublin city, and close to the seaside towns of Bray, Wicklow and Arklow. To get to Ashford by public transport, the 133 bus regularly passes through the village on its way to/from Dublin airport to the north (via the city centre) and Rosslare harbour to the south. There is a wide variety of accommodation in the area where you will be made very welcome and comfortable.   The popularity of the gardens, café and shops during the summer season means that the car park can become very full in the middle of the day: but there is additional parking in the village a short walking distance away.

The Avoca Garden Café & The Bakery for delicious food to go and delicatessen

The Avoca Garden Café serves delicious meals throughout the day and we recommend that you reserve your table in advance to avoid disappointing delays. Telephone number for the Avoca Garden Café 00 353 (0404) 40116. The Bakery has a wide range of Avoca ready meals, freshly baked bread, fancy cakes and many other delicatessen products besides.

The Courtyard Shops

The Courtyard shops offer a wide variety of products and services from fashion, equestrian supplies, and lovely things for the home and garden.

Guidelines for Group Tours

Group Tours are welcome to visit the Gardens throughout the year by appointment. Tour Operators and Group Organisers are obliged to contact The Gardens Manager to make arrangements, well in advance of arrival, for group admission rates, coach parking, guided tours and catering (if required).

For group rates: Group rates start at 20 or more visitors. Please contact the garden Admissions shop for any further queries. Tel: 0404 49672  Email: info@mountushergardens.ie

For guided tours: A guided tour can be arranged for 1 to 30 visitors for €60 plus entrance charge.

Catering can be reserved in the adjoining Avoca Garden Café or freshly made snacks from The Bakery are also available in the Courtyard where there is sheltered or open seating for your convenience.

The car park can become very busy especially in the summer months and we recommend careful planning for arrival and departure from this area.

At the entrance to the Gardens there is a small gift shop selling a selected range of Avoca Handweavers products.

Tree Trail Map 2017

Disabled & Wheelchair Access

Mount Usher Gardens is partially suitable for disabled and wheelchair access. When you arrive any staff member will be happy to advise you on what route to take. On the trail map above the route marked in red is the suggested route.

Opening Hours

Our Gardens Are Open 7-Days A Week, All Year Round

Winter Opening Hours 10 am – 5 pm (last entry to the gardens is 4.00 pm)

(Winter hours start on October 1st, 2020)

Summer Opening Hours 10 am – 5.30 pm (last entry to the gardens is 4.30 pm)

(Summer hours start on March 1st, 2021)

*We’re sorry but picnics are not permitted and we don’t allow any dogs in our gardens.