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Johnstown Castle, Wexford

castle10The other day my friend and I visited 19th century Johnstown Castle and its 50 acres of ornamental wooded grounds with over two hundred different kinds of trees and shrubs, 3 lakes, 20 "peacocks", and a colony of red squirrels.  It is part of a 1,000 acre estate which now belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and is used as an agricultural research station. The gardens were planned by the notable landscape architect, Daniel Robertson. The present castle is 19th cent. but a castle has stood on the site since the late 12th cent. The offices of the castle now contain an agricultural museum and tea rooms. The castle itself is not open to the public at present but many have wedding photos taken outside the building.

However, I was disappointed with the gardens which have not been kept up to scratch.

castle 2lake 2Peacock