As castle gardens go, there aren’t many finer that the splendid Johnstown Castle Gardens, near Wexford Town. Featuring mature woodlands, lakes and formal and wild gardens, you will want to spend hours exploring them.
Comprising 50 acres of ornamental grounds, Johnstown Castle Gardens were designed by the well-known architect Daniel Robertson – who provided plenty of pleasant pathways for you to wander along. Check out the Folly Towers and keep an eye out for glimpses of the Castle through the trees.
Another fine spot for a romantic ramble can be found in County Laois. Heywood Gardens near Ballinakill offers 50 acres of grounds for you to explore. Discover woodlands, gardens and architectural features such as ponds and fountains.
Take selfies with the stone turtles in the sunken garden or beside the inscription taken from some of Alexander Pope’s writings in the red-roofed Loggia to help you remember a day of romance and fun.
Surround your loved one with nature this Valentine’s Day. Take them to the stunning Altamont Gardens in County Carlow and ramble around this walled garden dating from the 16th century.
Explore the 40 acres of gorgeous green space, stroll beside the Slaney river, admire the rare trees down by the lake or discover the remains of an old chapel in part of the wall. February sees the first blooms of spring break through – the hardy snowdrop – and Altamont has them in abundance.
Take a picnic with you (if the weather allows) and enjoy the serenity of the gardens as you have your lunch or a warming cup of coffee. The gardens offer you a chance to stroll hand in hand, filling your lungs with fresh air while wallowing in nature’s beauty.
Wrap up warm and get ready to enjoy history and the great outdoors with your sweetheart, in the endlessly captivating surroundings of Ireland's Ancient East. What could be more romantic?