The John F. Kennedy Arboretum
Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, whose great-grandfather, Patrick, was born in the nearby village of Dunganstown, this arboretum near New Ross, County Wexford, contains a plant collection of presidential proportions.
It covers a massive 252 hectares on the summit and southern slopes of Slieve Coillte and contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Of special note is an ericaceous garden with 500 different rhododendrons and many varieties of azalea and heather, dwarf conifers and climbing plants.
The lake is perhaps the most picturesque part of the arboretum and is a haven for waterfowl. There are amazing panoramic views from the summit of the hill, 271 metres above sea level. A visitor centre houses engaging exhibitions on JFK and on the Arboretum itself.
Arboretum : October – March 10:00 – 17:00 .
Last Admission 16:00
Average Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Note seasonal opening times apply at this site.
Guided Tours available daily at 12:00 and 15:00
Located 12 km south of New Ross (off R733).
- Bike Trail
- Car park
- Guided tours
- Interpretive exhibit
- Picnic Area
- Walking trails
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Wheelchair Accessible Toilet.