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Mount Congreve House was built in about 1760 by the local architect John Roberts, who subsequently designed and built most of the 18th-century public buildings in Waterford, including both cathedrals. His client was John Congreve of Waterford, whose father the first Ambrose Congreve had played a prominent part in the development of the city until his early death in 1741.Plan your visit to Mount Congreve Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Waterford road trip tool.
Ambrose Congreve had been a successful merchant, banker, politician and land developer, and his son was following the trend for a successful businessman to acquire a country estate when he bought a tract of land a few miles outside the city from the Christmas family of Whitfield. Here he built, on a spectacular site overlooking the River Suir, what became Mount Congreve (the original Irish name, Bruachaille, means “the edge of a cliff”).
The Congreves were in constant residence and the estate passed in direct descent from father to son until the recent death of the late Mr Ambrose Congreve. On inheriting the house in 1963 Mr Congreve remodelled and embellished the house.
However Mount Congreve is ultimately famous for being the home of one of “the great gardens of the Worl
Mount Congreve Gardens reviews
What a beautiful garden. The weather was awful but couldn’t ruin the spectacle. The most beautiful magnolias I have ever seen. Cannot recommend it enough. The restaurant/cafe is lovely as well.
What a beautiful garden. The weather was awful but couldn’t ruin the spectacle. The most beautiful magnolias I have ever seen. Cannot recommend it enough. The restaurant/cafe is lovely as well. more »
Lovely walks around the grounds, lots of little paths and steps to explore the less trodden routes around the gardens. The walled garden is the largest I have ever visited, I could imagine the...
Lovely walks around the grounds, lots of little paths and steps to explore the less trodden routes around the gardens. The walled garden is the largest I have ever visited, I could imagine the... more »
Although early in the season the gardens are serene and calming. I can only imagine how beautiful and colourful it will be as spring progresses. The paths are well marked with clear informative signage and plentiful with lots of little paths and steps to explore. Views I've the river are stunning too. I hadn't been since school trips in the 80s but am looking forward to another visit when flowers are in bloom. Cafe food is delicious and flat white was well made.
What a fantastic place to visit. The trails around the gardens are fantastic and child friendly. The cafe is superb and the gift shop has so much to offer.
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