Mount Congreve House and Gardens, Waterford

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Garden · Landmark
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.



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
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  • Stunning gardens. I would advise simply strolling around and enjoying the gardens without paying too much attention to the confusing map and signage. Perhaps some additional information on plant...  more »
  • A true gem for gardening enthusiasts, magnificent array of trees and plants adorn many beautiful walks  more »
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  • We were there yesterday, the gardens are beautiful but the main reason I'm posting this is because of the dreadful signage and map provided which no sense. I see from other reviews that other people think the same. When you get to e.g. post no.4, it's impossible to know which direction to take to number 5. Arrows should direct you to the next post. Then there's 4b, 4c and 4d which are not included on the map. We met 2 elderly ladies distressed and lost looking for the way out. Other people said they thought by following the map that they were at the top of the map but the 'you are here' said they were at the bottom of the map and the same happened to us. When we got to the pagoda the next left and right after have no signs. Some of the posts have no numbers so you have no idea where you are. After the pagoda I said we needed to get back as it was nearly 5pm and it closes at 5.30pm. My husband said to follow the river downwards and that should bring us back. We barely saw a small sign in green (making it difficult to see)and partially hidden by shrubbery stating back to the car park. We followed that which brought us to 2 large solid wooden double gates the size of garage doors,which were closed. My husband tried pushing the gate open but couldn't. He put his hand through the gap to pull back the latch and had to shove it very hard to open it. I was getting very panicked wondering if we were going to get through it, it was 5.15pm. What made me very angry was wondering what if that had been an elderly person who couldn't open the gate and was very frightened wondering if they were going to be locked in when the gardens shut 15 minutes later. They might not have had a mobile phone to call for help. Please do something about your maps and signage as previous requests have not been met.
  • A truly wonderful garden . The tree collection is vast and beautiful. Individual gardens dotted around the estate with some wonderful vistas. The wall garden is a delight as are the planting schemes and peony walk which welcomes you as you enter the gardens . The estate was taken over by the Irish state in 2011 and is a work in progress . A Gardeners’ delight and great for the tree enthusiast ! Wonderful walks within the gardens ranging firs 20 min walk to a two hour ramble ! Visit this gem your sure to enjoy
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