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Festina Lente Equestrian Centre & Walled Gardens

Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Ireland
+353 1 272 0704
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Beautiful Tranquility

I visited the garden with a friend and my dog (on a lead) last week. Such a beautiful, natural... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Dublin, Ireland
Secret garden

Wonderful place with beautiful walled garden and well run riding school.My 7 year old daughter had... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Noel M
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Festina Lente is an embracing not-for-profit organisation founded in 1988 which hosts an Equestrian Centre, Walled Gardens, Garden Centre & Educational Training Centre and provides a range of occupational, learning and employment opportunities for people whose needs have not been met in mainstream services. All activities encourage individual choice, personal development, achievement and progression. Our campus is situated in the grounds of what was once Old Connaught House: formerly the residence of the Plunket family. Festina Lente (Latin) means Hasten Slowly and is the Plunket family motto. We adopted this as the name of our organisation in 1995 because it conveys our culture perfectly. On the campus there is a two and a half acre Victorian Walled Garden. The Garden was once part of the Plunket estate and was developed during the family's ownership. Each Baron Plunket made changes to the Garden which included the addition of the kitchen garden, a large greenhouse and a pool garden. Today the Ornamental Garden has a beautiful fountain, various flower beds, borders, statues and a variety of other original features. The Pool Garden has two large rectangular pools; they are home to our terrapins and goldfish. The Kitchen Garden has a spectacular herbaceous border and a working kitchen garden where fruit and vegetables are grown in allotments. The Walled Garden is also home to our Garden Shop where we stock a variety of seeds and plants, as well as various crafts and foods. We have wonderful facilities in our Equestrian Centre; it is both a working and learning environment for hundreds of people every year. We have a reputation for excellence in coaching people of all ages and abilities who, not only learn to ride, they also learn about horse welfare and management.
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Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Ireland
+353 1 272 0704
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

I visited the garden with a friend and my dog (on a lead) last week. Such a beautiful, natural garden. Relaxed atmosphere, very well maintained and wonderful sense of community. Vegetables growing in profusion in the allotments, beautiful flower beds and shrubbery. We loved the...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place with beautiful walled garden and well run riding school.My 7 year old daughter had a private riding lesson which she really enjoyed and said that she would love to go back again. They also hold children's birthday parties here and all staff are...More

Thank Noel M
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is a friendly and accessible (to all ages) equestrian centre close to Bray downtown. In a residential neighborhood Feste Lente employs local youngsters as helpers and guides. In addition to equestrian activities, for sport and therapy, the Centre has a beautful garden and lovely...More

Thank rfmcnulty
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Took a walk today to visit the Victorian walled garden Beautiful place even at this time of year when the flowers are just waiting to bloom and look amazing. Can't wait to go back in April when the blooms are ready Home to rescued terrapins...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Each time we visit Ireland we get lessons here and the staff are wonderful, especially Ronnie. This year, my 8 year old did the pony camp over Christmas and she loved it. I recommend it for beginners like her. She got to ride multiple horses...More

Thank irishinil
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I was showing it to a friend who lives nearby but never knew about the place! Beautiful, an oasis of calm. The turtles were hiding (probably a winter nap), but the richness of autumn colours enchanted us so. Perfect place for some fresh air time.

Thank Justyna K
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Peaceful location and a good selection of plants for sale in little shop. Beautiful to walk around and admire the plants and flowers growing in each patch on a sunny day,also can grab a cheap cup of coffee from the shop. I love seeing the...More

Thank kikoo_9
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Festina Lente is a 2 minute walk from my parent house. Fantastic for a wander around. Staff are excellent and the shop is full of fantastic bargains! Sitting in the gardens on a sunny day is very hard to beat!

Thank Rourk
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Victorian garden, walled and manicured; two ponds- one with 16 sunbathing turtles! Interesting plants, some of which you can buy at the kiosk; coffee shop with cakes and a fairy tree! Gardening plots (allotments) and pony camps. Education and fun. Free entrance. My children were...More

Thank Justyna K
Reviewed 19 April 2016

We love to go there for our Christmas Tree, They also have a lovely gardens and allotments that you can visit. The staff are very helpful and friendly...its a little like stepping back in time.

Thank Avril P
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Pam B
25 February 2016|
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1 Ready Filled Bag ( approx 25-30kg) only €3. If you buy 10 or more bags the price drops to only €2.50 per bag so 10 bags are only €25 40 of our Ready Filled Bags are only €100 Fill up your own trailer €50—€100... More