October 29, 2020
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Blooming brilliant! Waterford’s spectacular Mount Congreve Gardens announces reopening date

Waterford’s spectacular Mount Congreve Gardens will reopen to the public on June 9, it was confirmed today.

The garden will open six days per week from 10 am to 5.30pm, with last entry at 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Mount Congreve said Thursday will be dedicated to the over-70s who are cocooning.

In order to ensure the safety of all staff members and the health and safety of visitors, all visitors must pre-book a ticket to access the gardens in advance at www.mountcongreve.com as a limited number of tickets will be available for each day.

Estate Manager Ray Sinnott said: “We are delighted to be able to announce a re-opening date for Mount Congreve Gardens, the gardens are looking beautiful at the moment and we have put a lot of work and effort into carrying out some much-needed maintenance during the closure period along with ensuring all safety measures are in place for our re-opening.

“We are delighted to share the space with visitors from within 20km of Mount Congreve for this phase and we plan to work carefully and safely alongside the government re-opening phases for advance ticket bookings to the gardens as we progress through the lifting of restrictions phases.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to the gardens and we are asking all of our visitors to help us to help them and to be mindful of the new way that we have to work. The Café will be open for teas and coffees, snacks and sandwiches, there will be no indoor seating, no table service and a strict queuing system will be in place. Our outdoor Harvest Shop will also serve tea and coffee, sandwiches and snacks in the same manner as the Cafe. Extra outdoor seating has been put in place with a flexi plastic panel placed in the centre of our outdoor benches.”

Access to or from the Waterford Greenway will not be available yet, but Mount Congreve said it hopes to re-open its gate to the Greenway “over the coming weeks”.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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