On a sunny Saturday in September I visited Killruddery House, one of Ireland’s stunning historical homes, just outside Bray in Co Wicklow. Killruddery had been on my list of places to visit for quite some time, and I was delighted to make it there just at the end of the summer when most of the gardens were still in bloom and the orchard trees hung heavy with apples.
While I didn’t venture inside the house itself, I did have a nice wander around the gardens and food market for a couple of hours with the camera. It is possible to take a tour of the house, but on such a lovely day I didn’t feel like heading indoors! The grounds were a treat to explore, offering many different vantage points to view the house, plenty of secret spaces to discover and an abundance of mature trees just beginning to shift into their autumn colours. I loved it there :)
I also stopped for a rest in the tea rooms, where I had a wonderfully zesty citrus polenta cake with fresh cream and orange segments; it was delicious!
Well worth a visit, it’s less than an hour from Dublin’s city centre and makes an excellent place for a stroll on a nice day. The market is brimming with tempting local produce, and there are often events in the house and grounds for both children and adults alike. To find out more you can visit the Killruddery website or say hello to them on Twitter or Facebook.
I look forward to heading back there again at different times of year to see how the gardens change with the seasons.