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Heywood Gardens

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Address: Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Ireland
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Lovely quiet place

Been here with my two year old. Loads of space to run around, a maze to get lost in, flowers to be amazed by and if you wanted, a long nature walk to do by the lake.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Roisin H
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here with my two year old. Loads of space to run around, a maze to get lost in, flowers to be amazed by and if you wanted, a long nature walk to do by the lake.

Thank Roisin H
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More 

1 Thank Judith38Cork_Ireland
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These Lutyens gardens are absolutely beautiful and well preserved. Unfortunately the house and rest of the estate was destroyed by fire or torn down, meaning the gardens are without context. Now situated adjacent to a very grim secondary school, but don't let that put you off! They're still a tranquil and beautifully designed spot for a stroll. Terribly signposted though,... More 

Thank Elizabeth F
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48 reviews
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Reviewed April 5, 2017

this morning while walking in the gardens and trail around, i had our dog on a leash, we met 2 dogs , one jack russell and another whippet on the loose, they came to attack our dog of which i had to ward them off with a stick, can people please put their dogs on a leash for everyones safety... More 

2 Thank IrelandHerbie
Enniscorthy, Ireland
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed March 28, 2017

Didnt get time to do the walk but it looked a lovely place to spend and hour or two We had brilliant sunshine but over in the corner a huge pile of snow lay, which was there from a few days before.

Thank Kay D
Abbeyleix, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Absolutely beautiful Italian gardens in Heywood, Ballinakill. Very poorly marketed and unknown to many tourists. Well worth a visit. Ideal for wedding photo's.

Thank laoisman2016
Castlecomer, Ireland
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Reviewed November 9, 2016

A garden with a difference, the school grounds are within Haywood gardens which are lovingly maintained. The addition of information boards gives you an apetitie for the history of the original site, there is no charge, however limited access to some of the gardens for wheelchairs. There are several photo opportunities. I have not done the extended walk but am... More 

Thank CynthiaClarke
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed October 31, 2016

We took a trip here at the end of October and were not disappointed - the beautiful gardens designed by Lutyens are glorious - they overlook a man made lake surrounded by deciduous trees - in Autumn they were especially magnificent. The gardens are free to enter and were once the private gardens of the now demolished Heywood House. I... More 

Thank Will P
Cork, Ireland
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65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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Reviewed August 8, 2016

Beautiful gardens to visit. Easy enough to walk around the grounds, although maybe not with a buggy etc. Parking available inside the gate to the right. There were toilets there... but locked!

1 Thank mudbug2014
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

Came across this by accident and had a pleasant surprise. Gardens are very well kept and there was a lovely walk along by the river, we didn't have enough time to do the whole walk but we intend to go back soon. Well done to the gardeners/caretakers. The school beside the gardens must make for very happy students!

Thank yayaya123

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