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Address: Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 58 54061
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery are situated on the...

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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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If you are looking for a pleasant diversion on a warm, sunny day this is the place to go. Beautiful gardens and fascinating art installations make this a wonderful way to spend a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Chuck S
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Dublin, Ireland
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful village! We arrived on a dull overcast day and were not expecting such a warm welcome at the hotel in the centre of the village. What began as a casual stop for lunch between Kilkenny and Cork (taking the scenic route!) turned into an adventure of discovery. At the hotel we had a great lunch in very... More 

Thank TempleHunter
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Pity it's not open for viewing. Looked amazing from the outside. Gardens aren't open in Decembereither, so much much to see in Lismore at this time of year - but a frienfly little town nonetheless. Eammon's place has a Great Irish stew, and The Red House is a friendly little pub with good lunch options.

1 Thank jinilil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you are looking for a pleasant diversion on a warm, sunny day this is the place to go. Beautiful gardens and fascinating art installations make this a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon.

2 Thank Chuck S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to have warm sunny weather, and it was the perfect day trip. The gallery was very interesting if you are into art!! The local juices and biscuits and delicious and made great gifts!!

Thank osull026
Navan, Ireland
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63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Nice gardens that are spread over to large areas that are accessed through the lovely old gatehouse. You cant access the castle as it is not open to the public but there is a small coffeeshop on site.

Thank Robert F
Lismore, Ireland
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Lucky enough to have a private tour of Lismore Castle. It was amazing. Our host was well versed in the rich history of the castle and gave us a tour that we had wished was hours longer.

Thank Vicky_Beard
Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Fabulous gardens with great little guide to point out interesting features. We had a fabulous day weather wise and even in late September the gardens were magnificent. Many species we had never seen before. The gallery was a greatl space, though the exhibit was not to our taste on this occasion.

Thank Kevin J
Tipperary, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A lovely place to spend an hour or two ;the autumn flower borders were fab in the formal garden. Some of the trees were difficult to identify as the markers were hidden. It was a pity the traffic spoiled the silence in the garden. Unfortunately the gallery was empty but loved the swing !!

Thank PeigRos
County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Stunning gardens in the most beautiful village! Car park very close by. A lovely way to spend an afternoon. Highly recommended!

Thank Helen M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Many of the complaints are from people who didn't read the information. The castle isn't open, the garden is hilly, the Lower Gardens are primarily early summer flowering shrubs but worth a meander even later in the year. The yew walk dates to the 17th century and has a 20th century Antony Gormley sculpture in the middle of it. The... More 

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