Delta Sensory Gardens in Carlow town are an oasis of peace. This is a wonderful collection of interconnecting gardens, set on 2.5 acres. As you walk around, your senses are treated to the sounds of waterfalls and birdsong. Your eyes will fall on flowers and foliage of different hues. Different surfaces from timber to steel, stone and marble invite you to reach out and touch.

Sculptures and sound – mindful moments

mindful moments

There are limestone sculptures and sweet pea, raised herb beds and goldfish in the pond, magnolia in spring and maples in the autumn. This is a place designed to draw you forward, with colour catching your eye, the water inviting you to pause a while.

My favourite feature is the series of waterfalls. You can stand behind the main waterfall and get lost in the constancy of the water making its way downwards. And on it goes, asking nothing of you but your time and attention.

mindful sounds Delta Sensory Gardens

A mindful walking treat

The Delta Centre manages the Delta Sensory Gardens. The Centre provides training, residential, respite, day and multi-sensory services to adults with intellectual disabilities. You can support the Centre by also dropping into the Cafe Thyme and buying plants from the garden centre.

As a mindful walk, this is a great way to just meander, enjoying the tulips, a waterfall, birdsong, sculptures and seating. It’s a tonic for the soul.

The Kugal – one tonne of pink marble floating on a cushion of water on a limestone base


Open 9-5 Monday to Friday.
Open 11-5 at weekends and public holidays.
T 059 913 1354
Eircode R93 Y959

Gardens and cafe are wheelchair accessible. So, enjoy!

Deirdre O'Flynn, a mindful walker

Nearby walks in Carlow

The Columban Way at Mount Leinster

Clashganny Forest Looped Walk

Altamont House, Ballon