A unique and fascinating part of the Gardens is the Pet Cemetery which is the resting place of the much loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families. It’s situated in a quiet part of the gardens where you can enjoy the striking colours of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Roses in May and June. The cemetery is believed to be the largest pets’ cemetery in any private Irish garden.
Children will love reading the names and learning about the animals buried in the cemetery, some half a century ago. The families had a wide variety of pets including children’s ponies ‘Tommy’ and his wife ‘Magic’ as well as ‘Swift’ and ‘Bully.’ Another favourite pet included ‘Eugenie’ the Jersey cow who had 17 calves and produced over 100,000 gallons of milk! The names of the pets are a joy to read such as ‘Mrs Mare’, ‘Little Bots’ and ‘Doodles Chow’. You may get some interesting and amusing ideas when naming your next pet!
Further to the government COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions announcement, the Gardens, Waterfall and Riverwalk will remain open to visitors and annual members who live within 5 km of the Estate.
The Gardens close at 16.30 in January & at 17.00 in February, last admission is 30 minutes before close.
The Avoca Food Hall is open 7 days a week (9.30 am – 5.30 pm). Avoca Outdoor Hatch is open for takeaway coffee, toasted sandwiches & treats 7 days a week (10.00 am – 4.00 pm). Avoca Pizza Van in the Courtyard is open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays from 12 noon – 3.30pm.
The following facilities will remain closed for the duration of the latest restrictions.
Please keep up to date on any changes through the news section of our website and social media channels.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Estate once the level 5 restrictions are lifted.