Over the August Bank Holiday weekend we had a great family day out at Ardgillan Castle. This is a beautiful country house in Balbriggan and is set in the 200-acre (0.81 km2) of Ardgillan Demesne. The building overlooks Barnageera Beach, the Irish Sea and Balbriggan.
It has been a long time since we visited Ardgillan and my memories are of family days out with mum snaffling bits and pieces of plants to make cuttings from. We were blessed with fabulous weather and to be honest didn’t do as much as we intended. The gardens were glorious and that was where most of our time was spent. Awash with colour, butterflies and bees there was lots of inspiration for colour combinations that will cheer up dreary winter days.
I imagine there is a very big garden team that keeps everything looking fantastic. I was surprised to see so many lilies and hard to grow plants thriving.
The children’s playground is well worth a visit and the Dog friendly café was a wonderful and inexpensive end to our day. Hopefully next time we will have a look inside the house – but hoping for a wet rainy day for that.