GREBA GARDENS GREYABBEY WELCOMES YOU
About Greba Gardens, Greyabbey
As seen on BBC Northern Ireland's Greatest Gardens, this three acre garden is in a reclaimed quarry with natural woodland, ponds and small bridges. Meandering moss paths lead to different areas, including a small vegetable garden and a fruit garden. There is a Summer House perched on the top of the quarry. Many viewing areas are located within the garden. Planting consists mainly of foxgloves, primulas and camellias plus a mixture of native and ornamental trees.
Diarmuid Gavin described the moss garden as "enchanting" and Helen Dillon described the garden as "absolutely heavenly."
The view from the house
Twenty seven years ago, Richard and Beverley Brittain bought the three acre disused quarry site which was full of old machinery, rubble and overgrown with brambles, bracken and ivy.
Working together, they developed the gardens trying to retain as much of the natural landscape as possible. Each year they would do various projects including digging out a pond from the quarry floor and using the stones to make walls and stepping stone paths which lead visitors on a journey to explore and experience the many different areas. Over the past twenty seven years the garden has evolved with more areas being cleared, paths and seating areas created while retaining, hopefully, its natural woodland feel.
The garden has featured twice on the BBC initially on Secret Gardens and more recently on Greatest Gardens. In 2022 it also featured on UTV's Mahon's Way where Joe Mahon described the garden as a "meandering, mazey, wonderland".
Visiting Greba Gardens, Greyabbey
The garden may be viewed by appointment, see contact details below, from March to November . In early Spring snowdrops, daffodils, camellias and whin bushes flourish then give way to bluebells, primulas, rhododendrons and acers as the months progress. In the Summer waterlilies and iris, ferns and summer bedding plants come to the fore while in Autumn the acers and hydrangeas bring the gardening year to an enchanting climax.
Admittance charge is £4.00 per adult, supervised children are free and dogs are welcome on a lead.
Groups can be accommodated. Beverley and Richard are happy to give groups a guided tour, or if they prefer people can wander through the gardens at their leisure.
Unfortunately, due to the woodland nature of the garden, it is not suitable for those with mobility issues, pushchairs and prams are only able to access some areas so people bringing very young children usually bring a baby carrier to view the whole of the garden.
Due to a number of ponds and high unguarded drops CHILDREN MUST BE CLOSELY SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES.
We'd love for you to visit our garden so please do not hesitate to contact us to make a booking. The best method is by text or ring the mobile number below. We are also on Facebook- Greba Gardens Greyabbey and our Facebook page is regularly updated.
31B Carrowdore Road Greyabbey BT22 2LU
075 157 40517