Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens

Contact Details


Heywood Gardens
Co. Laois
R32 K4V6

Mobile: +353 (0) 86 810 7916

Email: emocourt@opw.ie

Opening Hours


Open all Year.

May to August: 08.30 to 21.00

September: 08.30 to 19.00

October to March: 08.30 to 17.00

April: 08.30 to 19.00

Average length of visit: 1 hour

Admission Fees



Car park 

Public Toilets

Restaurant/Tearooms: None

The eighteenth-century romantic landscape consists of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features. It was transferred to State ownership in November 1993 from the Salesian Fathers who had taken care of it since 1941. The formal Gardens form the centre-piece of the property and were designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and probably landscaped by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). It is one of four Gardens in this country designed by him, the others being in the War Memorial Park, Lambay Island and Howth Castle. The Gardens are composed of four elements linked by a terrace that ran along the front of the house which now no longer exists. 

Additional information: 

The Heywood experience starts at the car park beside the Gate Lodge, information panels and signage direct you to the Lutyens Garden and the greater romantic landscape.

Public toilets are beside the gate lodge.
Weekend access through turnstile gate only.

There is also limited access for visitors with disabilities.


7km southeast from Abbeyleix, off R432 to Ballinakill, in the grounds of Heywood Community School

Guided Tour:

Garden tour available by prior booking - Monday - Thursday only.

Photography/Video allowed:

Yes. Permission required for commercial purposes. No Drones allowed.