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Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery

Address: Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 58 54061
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Lismore
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Visited the gardens while touring the blackwater valley. It was a lovely day and so relaxing walking around the gardens and even just sitting around was so peaceful. Hard to see why it costs 8euro entry but when you see the beautiful staff in the gallery and the exhibition you can maybe justify it but something you might do more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Although the Castle is not open to the public we had a delightful visit to the Gardens around the Castle and the Gallery but go to the Heritage Centre first it is excellent and you can get a combined ticket.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visited the Gardens recently and enjoyed the garden. It was a lovely sunny day so the upper garden looked very well with several blooms on view. As other reviewers have pointed out two very different gardens there. I found it difficult to match plant and tree type with the numbers on the visitor guide and while it is a living... More

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery, and for taking the time to post a review. We’re delighted you had an enjoyable visit. As you rightly point out, the signage in the garden is intended to be as low key as possible in order to minimise the visual distraction. At the same time our highlighted plant... More

Dublin ,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

For someone who is not a complete "Garden Anorak" I thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon in these gardens. The Castle setting is magnificent and of course it is a shame we could not gain entry to it but the gardens were quite a suprise as they are split into two separate & distinct sections. The first being mainly trees & on... More

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review the Gardens at Lismore Castle. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope you will return to visit us soon. More

Tipperary, Ireland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Decided to have a look at this site with a view to bringing a group of Americans here as part of a tour in 2015. Walking into the entrance there is nothing to tell u the price of entry and we got quiet a shock when the lady announced 8euro each for entry, there was also a suggestion that there... More

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the gardens at Lismore Castle, we greatly value your feedback. I was delighted to read that you found the gardens impressive and the blooms magnificent. However I was disappointed to hear you felt the experience was overpriced. As well as working hard to cultivate a garden... More

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First and foremost, i would say that by far the most spectacular view from the castle is on the bridge outside - this is totally free and stunning and is fantastic, almost magical. the gardens are quite nice with a wide variety of plants and fruit and veg but its the castle i was more interested in and its a... More

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Youghal, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A mixed review and experience. Fee based entry to Lismore Castle and Gardens. While the garden itself is real nice, great landscaping etc., one can walk it in less than 1 hour unless looking at each and every flower or tree, I was surprised that there was no entry to the castle itself as it is private property but the... More

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery, and we are sorry that you had mixed feelings about your visit. We are glad you enjoyed the gardens. For children we offer a sculpture trail and art materials in the gallery, though some prefer to simply explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the gardens for... More

Delvin, Ireland
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Beautiful little town and lovely walks in this well maintained gardens beside the picturesque castle besides the banks of the river. Take a picnic if weather is good no problems with free parking

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This castle is for photos only as you can get in to view the interior if you are willing to rent it for a week for the princely sum of 30,000 euros. But if you like gardens, these gardens are very nice and worth a visit. They give you a brochure that helps to identify the plantings which is very... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Beautiful castle and grounds. We visited when driving from Waterford to Cork (and the Blarney Stone). The best pic can be taken from the bridge about 200 meters from the entrance. Just before you enter the grounds there are several stalls that sell cakes and food. We bought a few pastries from Granny Maddocks and they were awesome. The castle... More

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery, responded to this review

We are so glad that you had the opportunity to enjoy the delights of the gardens and farmers market during your recent trip, thank you for taking the time to mention us. We acknowledge that contemporary sculpture isn’t to everyone’s taste but we are very happy that you found it interesting. More

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