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The John F Kennedy Arboretum

JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum

Contact Details


New Ross
Co. Wexford
Y34 KA48

Tel: +353 (0) 46 942 6090

Email: jfkarboretum@opw.ie



Opening Hours


Open all Year

October - March:
Daily 10.00 - 17.00
(Main Arboretum)

October - March:
Daily 10.00 - 16.30
(Slieve Coillte)

Daily 10.00 - 18.30

May - August:
Daily 10.00 - 20.00

Daily 10.00 - 18.30

Daily Guided Tours:

April - October
12noon & 3pm
Meet at the Visitor Centre 

Guided Tours can also be booked in advance.

To book Guided Tours please contact (046) 942 6070

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Card Payment Facilities


  • Exhibitions
  • Toilets
  • Accessible toilet is at the Visitor centre.
  • Car Parks
  • Coach Park
  • Picnic Site
  • Play Area (Under 12's)
  • Maze
  • Nature Trail and Signposted Walks




As part of our Phase 3 reopening, we have some new guidelines to help keep both visitors and staff safe and to enable all follow social distancing.  We are open daily at 10am with last admission 7pm and closing time strictly at 8pm. For more information please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/jfkarboretum

Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slievecoiltia. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Special features include an Ericaceous Garden, (with 500 different rhododendrons, and many varieties of azaleas and heathers), dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for waterfowl. A road provides access to the summit at 271m from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and audio visual show. Access for people with disabilities.

Location: 12 km south of New Ross (off R733). 
GPS: Latitude 52.32211.  Longitude -6.93147

Guided Tours:

Group tours (April - October). It is advisable to pre-book.
Max No: 30 - 40
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

Leaflet/Guide book: English

Seasonal Events:

National Tree Week - Spring
National Heritage Week - Autumn
Tree Day - Autumn

Photography/Video allowed: Yes  

Additional Information: Dogs are allowed, on leash.

New Permanent Orienteering Course at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park & Arboretum

Following the launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park & Arboretum in association with Waterford Orienteers – OPW is delighted to announce that four maps, Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km), Long (3.5km)  and a 'Wheel O' Course (suitable for participants with mobility issues) (4km) distances, are now available FREE to download. The orienteering course is open to all – families, individuals, clubs and schools.  What an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park & Arboretum whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings.

To tackle your chosen distance:

  1. Download the map for your chosen distance (as well as the answer sheet for checking at the        end).  Do this in colour, as the maps are difficult to follow in black/white versions
  2. Find the controls in the order shown on the map
  3. Complete the numbered code of the marker post in the corresponding box
  4. At the end of the Course, check your answers are correct (by referring to the answer sheet)
  5. Good Luck and enjoy

To organise a specific event please e-mail jfkarboretum@opw.ie or alternatively telephone +353 (0) 46 942 6090

Maps are also available from Wexford Sports Active at www.wexford.ie/sportsactive and Waterford Orienteering website www.waterfordorienteers.blogspot.ie/ 

For further information on Orienteering in the South East please visit Waterford Orienteering (WAT-O) (http://www.waterfordorienteers.blogspot.ie/ 

Please note that Orienteering is an adventure sport that involves crossing rough and uneven terrain, tracks and paths

Please wear appropriate footwear.  The Office of Public Works and WAT-O do not accept responsibility for any injuries incurred.

JFK POC Short Course (PDF)

JFK POC Medium Course (PDF)

JFK POC Long Course (PDF)

JFK POC Wheel O Course (PDF)

JFK POC Answers All Courses (PDF)