John F. Kennedy Park & Arboretum

John F. Kennedy Arboretum

John F. Kennedy Arboretum is dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America until his assassination on 22nd November 1963. It consists of 622 acres including 4,500 types of trees and shrubs, 200 forest plots, rhododendrons and dwarf conifers. Special features include an Ericaceous Garden, (with 500 different rhododendrons, and many varieties of azaleas and heathers), dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, and is a haven for waterfowl. 

A road provides access to the 271m summit of Slieve Coillte from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio visual show. 

We offer exhibitions, guided tours, signposted walks, lake, cafe & miniature railway (seasonal), pony & trap serivce, also a playground and picnic area.

Click here to take a panoramic look at parts of the John F. Kennedy Arboretum.


John F. Kennedy Arboretum is only 40 minutes from Waterford City and one hour from Kilkenny City.

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