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Stephenstown Pond Nature Park & Willow Tree Café

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Stephenstown Pond Knockbridge Dundalk Louth

Stephenstown Pond is a unique nature park with lakeside walkways, woodlands, and a wide array of wildlife. The facility provides an ideal family day out where you can have fun in the newly enlarged playground, enjoy a picnic or feed the ducks and other wildlife. The children can participate in a nature quiz (available at a cost of only 50c at the café – on site) while they learn  about flora, fauna and wildlife from the educational interpretative boards as they walk round the nature park. If you are fond of fishing, then you will enjoy an afternoon of Carp (course) fishing. Daily permits on sale at The Dairy Maid Coffee  Shop.

After a leisurely stroll round the award winning Stephenstown Pond Nature Park (winner of National Tidy Towns Wildlife Award) you can enjoy a coffee and some delicious food at The Willow Tree Cáfe, located on site.

Agnes Burns Story

The Agnes Burns Cottage & Visitor Centre is situated adjacent to Stephenstown Pond Amenity Park. This cottage was once the home of Agnes Burns and her husband William Galt.  Agnes was the sister of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns – famous for writing such lyrics as Auld Lang Syne and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose.  Agnes with her husband William, who designed and built Stephenstown Pond for the local landlord, Matthew Fortescue, lived in this cottage until Agnes died in 1834 (William died in 1847). Both are buried in Dundalk in St Nicholas’s Cemetery burial grounds.

 
Facilities include:

  • A conference Centre that seats 120 people
  • 80000 sq foot of community enterprise space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Catering facilities, on site for all the above
  • The Willow Tree Café
  • Arrangements made for group tours and school educational trips
  • Pond fishing permits available from reception.
  • Large secure car park available on site
  • New large Children's Playground 

Opening Hours:

May – September: 08.30am-20.30 (Nature Park ONLY) Coffee Shop 9.30am - 5 pm
October – April:     09.00 – 17.00 ( Nature Park )   Coffee Shop 9.30am - 5 pm

Admission:

€3.00 Per Car

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