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Address: Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 58 54061
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Description: Owner description: Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery are situated on the...
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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Beautiful garden in beautiful setting

Visited here on Easter Sunday - lovely afternoon and the gardens were stunning. A riot of colour so early in the year was a real treat. Have been there before some years ago and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Waterford, Ireland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Set in the grounds of a magical castle with turrets and towers, it is like stepping back in time. Loved the new addition of two sections of the Berlin Wall set in the beauty of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. There was tranquility as if you had stepped into a historic place away from the buzz of a country town. I... More 

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Meath
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7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We travelled here to visit the Berlin Wall at Lismore Gardens. It was a bit difficult to find it as it was placed in a very far corner behind some flower bushes in the lower garden. We then went upstairs to the upper garden and I'm glad we did because it was absolutely amazing, beautiful gardens, stunning views of the... More 

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Dublin
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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Visited here on Easter Sunday - lovely afternoon and the gardens were stunning. A riot of colour so early in the year was a real treat. Have been there before some years ago and preferred the exibit in the gallery then. All a matter of taste I suppose. They have just installed two sections from the Berlin Wall in the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We enjoyed a surprise visit to the Gardens and Art Gallery in the week before Easter - surprise given the website stated there was no opening until the beginning of April but we then found out by chance at the Heritage Centre that the Gardens were open - we had even driven up to the entrance earlier and there was... More 

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ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I am not a great heritage fan but we had the pleasure of a guided tour of this castle and for anyone interested in castles and related matters you really should put here on your to visit list.

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County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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