Visiting Heywood Gardens

Taking a walk in Heywood garden, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Taking a walk in Heywood garden, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Heywood Gardens used to be part of a grand mansion which was built in the 18th century by a very rich engineer and architect, Michael Trench, who designed it together with his friend, James Gandon. Heywood mansion has been the family residence of the Trenches until the 1930s. In 1951 the house was destroyed in a fire. The ruins have been demolished and a new modern school was built in its place nearby.

At Heywood there are two gardens: the Italianate gardens and the outer parkland. The parkland has been created in the end of the 1700s by Frederick Trench for which he got inspiration from his Grand Tour around Europe. If you are looking for something unique and pretty, visit Heywood Gardens.

Heywood spring

A photographer planned to create the most perfect landscape and in order to make it a reality he dug lakes, moved hills, planted trees and places follies to close views. The outcome has been a great success as his creation was a romantic and lovely park.

Heywood Gardens, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Heywood Gardens, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

A man named Colonel Sir William Hutchinson Poe married one of the descendants of the Trench family in the early 20th century and he also created the formal gardens. The garden had an Italian style which added to the general aspect of the parkland. The colonel has invested a vast amount of time and money in this project. To the image of the park many garden designers added this and that such as Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens.

A Secret Garden

In the park there are some interconnected small gardens of which the most known is the sunken garden which has beautiful planted terraces, a central fountain, a red-roofed loggia and cut stone walls. Lots of people come to admire the Italian gardens but sometimes the paths which lead to the older parkland have a greater success. The walls of the sunken garden have round window frames which from the outside give a view to something like a secret garden. Walk around and admire the view over the artificial lakes created by Trench.

Heywood Gardens' wall, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Heywood Gardens’ wall, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Visiting hours

Today Heywood Gardens are in state care and are open to the public all year. Admission is free of charge and if you book an appointment even a tour can be arranged. To wander across the whole park takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Note that not all parts of the garden are wheelchair accessible and there are no toilets.

Taking a walk in Heywood garden, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Taking a walk in Heywood garden, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

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