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Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery

Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
+353 58 54061
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Lismore
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Delvin, Ireland
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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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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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california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We took beautiful pictures there. We toured there for around 2 hours. It's not a big castle. Inside the castle is an art gallery, the pieces were okay. There was a farmers market outside the entrance on Sunday morning. I had a fantastic beef burger at the farmers market. The burger was one of the highlights of my Ireland trip.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We visited these gardens & castle on a whim - having known nothing about the place. For 2 adults, 1 child & 1 senior (we paid 28 euro) which i thought was pricey, as afterwards we were told that as castle was still a private residence - this would only gain access to the gardens. However - the castle was... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Take your time to find this place as its well worth a visit to these lovely surroundings with excellent gardens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I have no idea how such things work in Ireland, but while most of the other gardens we visited on our vacation there were free admittance, they were also affiliated, in some way, with an organization which quite possibly subsidized the maintenance. Lismore being a privately owned venue, albeit a very large privately owned venue, the idea of charging an... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a lovely way to spend the afternoon visiting Lismore. Lismore town is located in Waterford County and is one of those towns that is picturesque, unique and full of history. The castle is privately owned and is only open a few times a year. You may rent the castle on certain dates in the year in it's entirety... More

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

Thank you for your kind words about our gardens and the wonderful town of Lismore, I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and I hope we will be able to welcome you back to enjoy the garden’s continuing transformation as it evolves. We are honoured to be hosting an opera once again as part of the Lismore Music... More

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