The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a working chocolate and ice cream factory making handmade luxury chocolates and premium ice cream located in Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow. On site you will enjoy our Café and Ice Cream Parlour and Chocolate-making Activities (subject to restrictions, availability and seasonal opening).

Chocoholics looking for a real treat should visit The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, a paradise for chocolate lovers. Everyone is a kid when it comes to delicious chocolate and this venue  is loved by all ages –chocolate mould making sessions available with booking, seasonal opening so check online or call first.  Customer can enjoy making and decorating their own chocolate product mould, while enjoying a complimentary ice cream as they wait for the mould to set.

Delicious award-winning coffee, ice cream and chocolate is served in the coffee shop on site and if you like hot chocolate –  this is quite simply the best! Superb creamy ice cream and sorbets are also made on site – so be sure to induldge – you won’t get fresher or creamier!

Any trip to the Chocolate Garden is guaranteed to please, whether you participate in a chocolate-making session or Afternoon Tea (advance booking is required) or quite simply enjoy a coffee, a few chocolates and some fabulous tasting ice cream at your leisure, while kids of all ages can enjoy the trim trail, slides, sandpit and Wendy house in the play areas.

Booking Online

Chocolate Making Sessions should ideally be booked in advance.  You can book online here through our booking link directly to the The Chocolate Garden ticket sale

The Chocolate Garden Admission

No charge to café / shop.

Chocolate Mould-making Session €12.50 (includes an ice cream, 30-40 mins). Book online or by phone.

Afternoon Tea with Advance Booking

Booking  by phone +353(0)59 6481999

Booking Online here through our booking link directly to the The Chocolate Garden ticket sale

School Tours

(Suspended during Covid-time, maybe available in 2022)

This Award-winning Chocolate & Ice Cream Factory opens its door to your school to share with you the delights of quality chocolate – relish samples of different grades of premium chocolate, enjoy a demo of how different chocolate products are made, see and smell what a cocoa bean is actually like.. and make and decorate a chocolate figure to take home, complete with and safe inside its mould. Plenty of fun, facts and figures for all.

Workshop suited to all ages, however, ages 6+ years get more out of it. For TY / LCVP, they can accommodate a Questions and Answers Session at the end at no extra charge.

  • Fun & Educational Interactive Chocolate Workshop (duration 1hr 40 mins)
  • Free Play Area (Trim Trail, Slide Tower, Wendy House, Sand Pit)
  • Covered Outdoor Picnic Area
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee for Teachers/Driver
  • Group Rate 15+

Directions To The Chocolate Garden

On the R725 between Tullow and Shillelagh, 5 km from Tullow; next door to Rathwood.

From Dublin, Take M7 and Exit 11 for Kilkenny/Carlow onto M9 where you will take Exit 4 for Tullow/Castledermot.  Follow Signs for Tullow and then look out for signs for Rathwood / The Chocolate Garden of Ireland – we are side by side.