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Lismore Castle Gardens

Lismore, Ireland
+353 58 54061
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A nice photo stop

We could only walk down the road to take a photo. This is still someones home so it's just to look... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anchorage, Alaska
Stunning gardens

Best gardens I saw in Ireland. Interesting range of plants and vegetables, interspersed with a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Diane M
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Owner description: Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery are situated on the edge of the heritage town of Lismore, the proud winner of numerous Tidiest Town awards. Visitors are invited to wander in the historic gardens, arranged over seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls of Lismore Castle. The gardens are said to be the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Ireland and they offer spectacular views of both Lismore castle and the surrounding countryside of the Blackwater valley. Featuring a wide variety of beautifully maintained plants and trees, as well as a permanent sculpture collection, Lismore Castle Gardens is one of the highlights of The Waterford Garden Trail, which includes fifteen gardens around Co. Waterford. Please note the castle itself is a private residence and is therefore not open to visitors. Entry to the garden includes access to the contemporary art gallery, Lismore Castle Arts, which hosts exhibitions of Irish and international artists. There is also a small refreshment counter and a reading room, plus art materials available for children. Visitors might also enjoy other attractions located within walking distance of the gardens. These include Lismore Cathedral, the Heritage Centre and Lady Louisa's walk, as well as a number of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. Please note due to the historic nature of the gardens and the naturally steep terrain of the ground, there are some unavoidable limitations on access for visitors who use a wheelchair or are less mobile. The gallery, Lismore Castle Arts, is occasionally closed for installation of temporary exhibitions, please contact us for full details.
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“art gallery” (18 reviews)
“berlin wall” (20 reviews)
“head gardener” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lismore, Ireland
+353 58 54061
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We could only walk down the road to take a photo. This is still someones home so it's just to look at.

Thank N B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best gardens I saw in Ireland. Interesting range of plants and vegetables, interspersed with a variety of impressive sculptures

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't pay to go inside the gardens, instead we just wandered around on Lady Louisa's walk. Great views of the river, and took some excellent pictures of the castle from the bridge.

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My great grandfather was head groundskeeper at the castle. I'm sure he is smiling down on the beautiful transformation of these gardens. They are truly gorgeous!

Thank Maureen194767
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lismore Castle is a private residence but the extensive gardens are open to the public. Tours are self-guided and show a great variety of flora. Throughout the site were examples of public art and there was an excellent installation in the art gallery. Gardens are...More

1  Thank jarh1952
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Just a decent wander around in early autumn with much to see and admire. Not many other visitors this time of year, it seems. Interesting exhibition on at the moment until 15 Oct by Anthony McCall. In addition, at the gallery, some decent coffee and...More

1  Thank PagMi
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is a good add on site to see. Great pictures with the castle as the back drop. Its a quiet place to walk and reflect and just listen to the birds. Not much time needed for this, Thats ehy its a good add on.

Thank Perry H
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Well the gardens are great and the building from the outside fantastic, but you would love a peep inside. You have all the time you want to go trough the gardens, however they are not that big, a half an hour is all that is...More

Thank Dáithí Ó
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I wish I'd known the castle grounds are not open to the public. While adjacent gardens are lovely €8 to walk a garden seems a bit much!

1  Thank Angela M
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Stunning gardens and interesting art gallery. Very pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon. Excellent cafe too. A shame part of the castle is not open to the public.

Thank avrilbrowning
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Thank you for your interest in Lismore Castle Gardens/Gallery on average people spend up to 1.5 – 2 hours in the gallery and gardens. We have a range of activities for children these include: a sculpture hunt for older... More