Heywood Gardens
Heywood Gardens
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Gav
Ireland283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Nice spacious area for a walk if you're in the area, but it's really not worth travelling from far away to this. This nice garden area is not of a large size and a couple of areas we're closed off.
Toliets are only at the very start in the car park.
Written December 10, 2022
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rubylass
cork186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Unexpected hidden gem. We visited without knowing anything about it and we were totally blown away by the sunken garden. Such a shame that the house was burnt down, I believe it would have been a no1 tourist destination in Ireland if the house was still standing but then again the fact that the house is no longer standing makes this a very quiet hidden gem for all ages. Well worth visiting if in the area. No facilities but doesn’t take away from the beauty of Heywood Gardens
Written July 17, 2021
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cora
Kilkenny, Ireland67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Stayed locally at glamping under the stars. Heywood was recommended as a local place to visit. It was absolutely gorgeous. The community school really takes away from it unfortunately. The Heywood Gardens are like something out of the Jane Austin era. Absolutely stunning.
Written July 18, 2022
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Judith38Cork_Ireland
Cork, Ireland131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
On pleasant summer's day, we walked through Heywood Gardens. It had been a long time since I had last visited but my husband and children had not been before.

My husband and I both commented that it reminded us of the gardens on Garinish island - Ilnacullin, located in Glengarriff Harbour. The similarity is not surprising because both are in the Italian style. Indeed some people refer to the gardens here as 'The Italian Gardens,'

These gardens were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and in fact, they are are the only example of Lutyens' work outside of Dublin. The beautiful gardens comprise formal gardens, lakes and woodland as well as some architectural features.

Other examples of Lutyens work include the War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, the well-known Cenotaph in London and the Viceroy's house in Delhi.

There used to be an imposing house, sitting above this wonderful garden. It was built by Michael Frederick Trench in the 18th Century, with (it is said) advice from his buddy, the famous architect, James Gandon.

Other famous people visited here too including the Empress Elizabeth of Austria while she was in Ireland for the hunt during 1879 and 1880.

Through marriage, the estate passed into the Poe family but then was subsequently sold in the early 1940s to the Salesian Brothers.

Sadly a few years later, the historic building was destroyed by fire. The Salesians built a replacement building for their secondary school and there is still a school here - now a community school.
Written May 18, 2017
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tangled12a
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
we visited on a cold day in January. Despite the weather it was still a pleasure to explore with lots of interesting gardens writhing and lovely photographic spots. Plenty of parking, decent toilets. Those with limited mobility have the option of driving to the top of the incline and accessing the garden from the top. We chose to park at the bottom and meandered and explored the various routes taking you upwards. A hidden gem even a lot of locals are unfamiliar with. Would love to see it in the spring. Free. Travelled with teens and young children and adult who had a walking frame.
Written February 27, 2018
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Dain96
Portlaosie118 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Took friends there and was embarrassed that we bothered. The OPW has not kept faith here with the public the place felt very run down.
Written April 7, 2014
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kfinno
Berlin, Germany9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Well worth a visit if you are in the general area. Beautifully designed gardens by world renowned architect Edwin Luytens and one of only a few of his works to be seen in Ireland. Probably best seen in spring or summer when the flowers are at their best but any time is good. Bring a picnic. The OPW could do a lot more to make this beautiful place accessible such as some basic signage.
Written August 23, 2013
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lord Michael Of Inch
County Laois, Ireland257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
For all Garndening lovers this place is absolutely heaven!
My friend brought a sketch pad so it was great for them too!
Great place.
Written December 16, 2019
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Stephen D
Galway, Ireland145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Hidden Gem, absoulty stunning place and it's free somehow! very nice walk around the forest also away from the Garden. Well worth a visit if in and around the area.
Written November 23, 2019
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Long trip
Province of Leinster, Ireland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I only live 30km from this gem and had been here about 30 years as a young boy. My word, they are just gorgeous! So well maintained, it’s only such a shame the house was demolished in the 50s.
It’s a pity more isn’t made of the gardens from a marketing and tourism point of view. Like a nice coffee shop.
Well worth a visit if visiting Kilkenny Laois area- this needs to be integrated into a proper itinerary as it would be a lovely day trip from Kilkenny city coupled with the Discovery park, Abbeyleix and the Slieve blooms- we are hopeless at marketing in this country, we should be shouting from the rooftops about gems like these
Written June 1, 2019
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