Sunflowers are beautiful and fascinating flowers and yellow fields of them make the best background for incredible pictures. If you are looking for the best sunflower fields in Ireland to visit for amazing pictures, then you’ll find them right here.
- Best Sunflower Fields in Ireland
- Portglenone Sunflower Field, Antrim
- Minmore Sunflower Field, Wicklow
- Causeway Sunflower Field, Antrim
- Robin’s Glen, Kilkenny
- Kingstown Sunflower Field, Tipperary
- Ardstraw Sunflower Field, Tyrone
- Kenneth Gilpin Farm Sunflower Field, Armagh
- Kilkenny Sunflower Field, Kilkenny
- Other places to try see sunflowers in Ireland
- Things to know about sunflowers in Ireland
- Facts to know about Sunflowers
- Related Posts
There are a few beautiful sunflower fields in Ireland to visit and I’ve compiled a list of them here so you can quickly answer the question you’ve had, “are there sunflower fields for photos near me?”. There are a few in the Republic of Ireland and some in Northern Ireland. Discover the best below and start planning your visit.
Best Sunflower Fields in Ireland
Portglenone Sunflower Field, Antrim
Address: 173 Gortgole R, Ballymena, BT44 8AS, UK
For the best Northern Ireland sunflowers, Portglenone sunflower field is the one to head for. There are two large sunflower fields at Portglenone with wildflowers around the edge, run by the McAllister family. The fields have a path through it like a maze.
There is a small entry fee that goes to charity (Bowel Cancer UK in 2021), and you can purchase cut sunflowers, although be aware you cannot pick your own. There is a marked path to follow, dogs are welcome on leads, just keep both dog and kids off the wildflowers. There are no facilities on-site but the field is just 3 miles from Portglenone which has several eating places. There is no on-site parking, parking is along the road and in a field (weather permitting), and be mindful of junctions and the potential for farm vehicles.
For more information about the sunflower field Portglenone, opening times, and more contact them through their Facebook page.
Minmore Sunflower Field, Wicklow
Address: Minmore Farm, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow, Y14 X440
Minmore Farm, with its 4-acre sunflower field located 25-minutes from Gorey, is one of the best places in Ireland to see sunflowers in bloom. Sown by Colin Tyner and not advertised in its first year for fear of no sunflowers growing, this is one of the best fields of yellow flowers in Ireland. The sunflower field is a cut-your-own field with the owner asking for donations to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society. And with over 200,000 flowers in bloom, there are enough flowers to go round, all while raising money for worthy causes.
Find more information on the Minmore Instagram page, or through the Wicklow Hospice Foundation Facebook page, Visit Wicklow Facebook page, and the Irish Cancer Society often posts about the field on their Facebook page.
Causeway Sunflower Field, Antrim
Address: 262 Whitepark Road, Bushmills, BT57 8PY, UK
Another big sunflower field to visit in Northern Ireland is the Causeway Sunflower Field near Bushmills in County Antrim. Owned by Pearl and Archie Linnegan, this half an acre field of beautiful sunflowers is planted and is run as a cut-your-own sunflower for a donation that is collected for local charities. If you are visiting the nearby Giant’s Causeway in August, why not pop along to the Causeway Sunflower Field on the same day, both of which are great things to do in Antrim during summer.
You can find details of the field and its season and opening hours on the Facebook page.
Robin’s Glen, Kilkenny
Address: Robin’s Glen Organic Produce, Robinstown House, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, Y34 D925
One of the best flower fields in Ireland for sunflowers is located in County Kilkenny at the Robin’s Glen organic farm. This organic farm has been planting sunflowers for many years, although some years have not been as successful as others. Theirs is a pick-your-own sunflower field and you are advised to wear wellies or shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Kingstown Sunflower Field, Tipperary
Address: Kingstown, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, E25 C432
If you are based in and around County Tipperary, then another sunflower field to seek out is the Kingstown Sunflower Field. Located just 2.5km from the town of Cashel, one of the best places to visit in Ireland thanks to the famous Rock of Cashel, the Kingstown Sunflower Field is 3-acres of amazing sunflowers. At the entrance is an honesty box in aid of both the Irish Cancer Society and National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh. Visitors are encouraged to come and view the sunflowers, take a selfie among them, and even take a few home. The site is family and dog-friendly, and there is parking but no other facilities, although you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants with toilets in Cashel itself.
Ardstraw Sunflower Field, Tyrone
Address: Deerpark Road, Newtownstewart BT78 4LA, UK
Originally started as an environmental project, the sunflower field at Ardstraw is planted by a local family who raises money for local Northern Ireland cancer charities in memory of a family member who lost their life to cancer. The beautiful sunflower field is a cut-your-own field and visitors are encouraged to come armed with scissors and cut their own sunflowers for a donation to be left in the honesty box at the entrance. Remember your wellies if it has been raining.
The Ardstraw sunflower field does not have a website or Facebook page but this Facebook page had details of opening hours and the season in 2020.
Kenneth Gilpin Farm Sunflower Field, Armagh
Address: 14 Derryall Rd, Craigavon BT62 1PL
A huge sunflower field in County Armagh to visit if you are in the area is the one at the Kenneth Gilpin Farm in Portadown. Last year, donations were collected for the Portadown Presbyterian Church Building Fund for those coming to pick their own sunflowers while enjoying the amazing fields of yellow flowers.
It would be worth keeping an eye on the Portadown Facebook page for updates for the coming season.
Kilkenny Sunflower Field, Kilkenny
Address: Callan, Co. Kilkenny
New for 2021 is the Kilkenny Sunflower Field in aid of TaxiWatch, a suicide prevention charity. Enjoy taking pictures and take one home, with all donations going to a worthy cause. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details.
Other places to try see sunflowers in Ireland
Claggan Fruit Farm – This fruit farm in Northern Ireland where you can pick strawberries planted sunflower seeds this year, but it is still unclear whether they will be successful or not. Check ahead of time to see if their sunflowers have grown before you visit. Their address is 116 Highlands Rd, Limavady BT49 9LY.
Duleek – There was a sunflower field on the road between Duleek to Julianstown Road in County Meath, but that was over 10 years ago, and I have been unable to find out if this is still the case. If you happen to be driving that road in August, keep your eyes peeled!
Things to know about sunflowers in Ireland
There are a few things you should know before planning your visit to see a sunflower field.
- Sunflowers bloom from the middle of summer, through to early autumn, so between the months of July and September. The optimal time to enjoy local sunflower fields is during the month of August when they are tall and at their optimal condition. They may start to lose their height and bloom in September.
- Some sunflower fields will allow you to pick flowers, but you must check before you enter the fields. If you are allowed, be considerate of other visitors and only pick a few.
- Do not allow children to break the stems or pull at the flowers, particularly if you are visiting a sunflower field that isn’t a pick-your-own site.
Facts to know about Sunflowers
- The scientific word for sunflower is Helianthus, from the Greek words of helios meaning sun and anthus meaning flower.
- Sunflowers are from the same family as daisies.
- There are 80 species of sunflowers, and they range in colour from bright yellow to orange, pink, and tawny red.
- The average height of sunflowers lies between 20 inches and 16 feet. The tallest sunflower recorded was in 2014 in Germany and had a height of 30ft 1inch.
- Young sunflowers track the sun while older sunflowers only face east to get the most from the morning sun.
- Sunflower seeds are either black or striped. The black seeds are used to make sunflower oil, while the striped are sold as healthy snacks.
- They are the national flower of Russia and Ukraine.
- Sunflowers are often used to represent positivity, strength, admiration, and loyalty. In Chinese culture, they represent good luck and lasting happiness.
There you have it, the best places to experience sunflowers in Ireland. There are not as many pick-your-own sunflower fields across the country as you might have thought, so you may have to travel to one if you really want to enjoy sunflowers this year.