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5633376Tollymore Forest Park
DateThursday 1st January 2015 to Tuesday 31st December 2019
DescriptionFor the student of garden follies, Tollymore is a rare treat. A barn dressed up to look like a church, stone cones atop gate piers and gothic-style gate arches all show the influence of that highly individualistic designer, Thomas Wright of Durham (1711-1786), who was a friend of Lord Clanbrassil, owner of Tollymore at that time. A walk along the Shimna river is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. Elsewhere in the park the tree lover can examine experimental forest plots - some of exotic trees such as monkey puzzle and eucalyptus - or admire the tall giant redwoods and Monterey pines. Oak wood from Tollymore was the preferred material for the interiors of the White Star liners including the 'Titanic' which was built in Belfast. Seek out the original tree of the slow-growing spruce, Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana' which originated nearby in about 1750 and is the oldest tree in any arboretum in Ireland. A magnificent avenue of Deodar cedars is a striking feature of the entrance to this romantic forest park in the foothills of the Mourne mountains.
Time(s)Jan 1-Dec 31, dawn-dusk
LocationTollymore Forest Park
Pricefree
Telephone No.028 4372 2428
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Tollymore Forest Park
AddressTullybrannigan Road
Newcastle
Northern Ireland
BT33 0PW
Opening timesAll year daily 10.00-dusk
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