Delta Sensory Gardens
Groups are divided into smaller lots of about 15 so it easier to listen in to the experienced guide. After the tour, visitors are welcome to stroll through the garden centre, gift shop and a pre-arranged lunch or tea/coffee and snack in our cafe.
Voted the number one thing to do in Carlow by Tripadvisor and described as "An Oasis of Peace and Tranquility", Delta sensory gardens are set on a 2.5 acre site on the outskirts of Carlow Town.
The gardens have so much to offer the visitor during all the seasons of year, from the bright and beautiful daffodils and tulips in Spring to the breathtaking colours of the autumnal foliage.
Delta Centre also runs a busy garden centre with a wide range of planted containers, pots, seasonal bedding, shrubs, plants and gardening accessories.
There is a restaurant and coffee shop on site, serving from breakfast to carvery lunch and right through to afternoon tea.
The main building in the gardens houses a reception, toilet facilities, indoor fountain room, activities room and meeting room, plus a new cafe and craft area.
Halloween and Christmas are very busy times at the Delta Sensory Gardens with our annual Halloween and Christmas events.
These events have proven to be extremely popular with visitors. We hope to expand our annual events on an ongoing basis to offer a bigger and better experience to our visitors during these special times of the year.
The gardens are now a major tourist attraction in Carlow for local, national and international visitors.
The gardens are located as part of Delta Centre to the rear of Strawhall Estate, which is accessed off Cannery Road near the Athy Road roundabout in Carlow Town .
The gardens are set on 2.5 acres of land with 16 interconnecting, themed areas which are accessible for people of all abilities. There are currently six local people employed in the gardens plus a manager.
Features areas include Peace Garden, Patio Garden, Willow Garden, Mediterranean Garden, The Woodland Walk, The Roof Garden among others.
The gardens are fully wheelchair accessible and have proven to be a very popular place to visit for active retirement groups, families, school trips and bus tours.
From breakfast and lunch right through to afternoon tea, the Cafe is relaxing, spacious and provides a fine array of choices, all freshly prepared on site.
Locally sourced produce is prepared using the centre’s fully equipped commercial kitchen.
The cafe, gardens and gift shop is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 5.30pm weekends and public holidays. Call today to try out for yourself or come and to discuss your group requirements.
We can now cater for larger numbers and have meeting rooms available for hire within the building for groups to access.
Our gardens centre stocks a range of shrubs, perennials and seasonal plants or if you spot a plant in our sensory gardens we will try and get it for you.
You will also find some beautifully hand crafted garden furniture.
Our qualified horticulturalists are on hand to give friendly advice or tips on your gardening needs. We specialise in filling pots, containers and baskets with colourful seasonal bedding.
Delta Centre have a small craft area adjacent to the garden centre which sells hand made gifts made by participants attending the centre under guided supervision. Gifts include cards for all occasions, cribs, seat cushions, cuddly toys.
Capture memories from your special day at the Delta Sensory Gardens
Our sensory gardens offer the perfect setting for photos of your special day. Photographers love the variety of amazing features giving you a lifetime of memories to cherish. Your wedding party can drop in to our cafe for a much needed cupa or snack while waiting.
Why not make an appointment today with your photographer to preview what our gardens have to offer.