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This week, we are celebrating Cyber Monday, by cutting 10% off all tickets, for next year’s Twin Trees Festival.
So why not pick up a very special Christmas gift for a loved one, or just treat yourself, using the code CyberMonday.
Choose from our Three Day En Plein Air, our Tours, Talks & Afternoon Tea, or Yoga In Heywood Gardens!
Offer expires at midnight on Sunday 8th December!

Twin Trees Heywood Festival Ballinakill 2020

August 20th – 23rd 2020

Join us in celebrating the Heritage of Lutyens’ Heywood Gardens, and Ballinakill Village, Co. Laois

Three Day Tutored En Plein Air - August 2020
Tours, Talks & Afternoon Tea - August 2020
Yoga In Heywood Gardens
Yoga In Heywood Gardens

Lutyens & Heywood In Context - David Averill FRIAI

Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill, is owned and managed by the Office Of Public Works, since 1993; after ownership was transferred from the Salesian Fathers, who had taken care of it, since 1941. 

Ballinakill, Co. Laois


View some photographs of the wonderful locations, in and around the village of Ballinakill, Co. Laois.

About Ballinakill

Learn a little more about the past, and more recent history of Ballinakill.

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Around Heywood

Edwin Lutyens Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill
Edwin Lutyens
Lutyens Birthday
Born March 29th
Died January 1st
Heywood gardens Completed

What our visitors say

The formal Gardens form the centre-piece of the property and were designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and probably landscaped by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). It is one of four Gardens in this country designed by him, the others being in the War Memorial Park, Lambay Island and Howth Castle.

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Midlands & East Coast

Heywood is a little off the beaten track but well worth the detour. The demesne is a lovely place for a quiet walk and the garden designed by Lutyens is an absolute gem. From the terraces there is a wonderful panorama over the countryside towards the Slieve Bloom Mountains which alone would nearly justify a visit.

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The whole is surrounded by a walk with ox eye windows, looking out over a panorama of seven counties, and approached by an alley of pleached limes. The other elements of the design are a cloister like terrace overlooking a chain of lakes, and a secret sundial garden hidden away by ramparts of yew.

Best time of year to visit: May, June, July, August

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Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens were completed in 1912, and consist 50 acres of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features. The gardens have a spectacular setting on a hillside looking south-east over a sweep of undulating country which takes in seven counties. A walk lined with lime trees leads to a formal terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside.


Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development


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