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Address: Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 58 54061
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

One of the less commericalized castles we saw in Ireland, Lismore Castle has an interesting history and beautiful gardens. Definitely worth a visit!

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Gorey, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

How do they have peonies out while mine are still making buds ? Excellent attention to detail with all aspects of the gardens. Lovely displays of vegetables, fruits , flowers, shrubs, trees and immaculate lawns. Lovely sculpture also shown throughout which is lovely. Enjoyed the art gallery too. Not quite sure why they have 2 pieces of the Berlin wall... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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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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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 

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