Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Riversdale House & Gardens


Riversdale House can be traced back to as early as 1730, though as records were destroyed, the original farmhouse could have been built earlier than this. The Gardens themselves are mainly mixed perennial borders with some rare trees and specimens such as the mature Metrosideros excelsa, a New Zealand tree that is rare to find growing and flowering in Ireland’s climate. There is a spectacular woodland walk that brings you to the edge of the Dodder River weir, all of this lending itself to the feel that you are in the deepest countryside.

  • Name:Riversdale House & Gardens
  • Address:Rathgar, Co. Dublin
  • Phone:086 836 2000
  • Contact:Ms Ashling Harrison
  • Opening Times:May to August. Groups only (minimum 2) by appointment. €5.00 per person. Tea/Coffee/Biscuits available by arrangement in advance: €3.00 per person.