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Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery

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Address: Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 58 54061
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10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery are situated on the...

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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 Gardens!

My wife and I stopped here to view the gardens. We were so glad we did. They were extensive and well tended. Although the castle itself is not open to the public, there is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to visit, the gardens were in full bloom on our visit and the weather was lovely and sunny which enhanced it all. The members of staff were helpful and friendly. Throughly enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped here to view the gardens. We were so glad we did. They were extensive and well tended. Although the castle itself is not open to the public, there is a little team shop and art gallery which is open adjacent to the gardens.

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Thank Soglio
Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small gardens with several lovely spots to take space on a bench for time out! Beautiful scents to be taken in. Gardens are on split levels so the upper level, where the tea room is, can be a little difficult if you have a buggy - but we managed. Tea/coffee/juice/cake on offer in the tea room. The lower level has... More 

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Galway, Ireland (Republic Of.)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in August 2016, the upper gardens were in full bloom and so picturesque, I am sincerely jealous! Some really nice examples of borders and kitchen garden planting. I was pleasantly suprised how un-commercial it was having visited Chatsworth and Lismore being owned by the same family. It was a very pleasant and relaxing couple of hours.

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Thank alanrbrowne
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a find! The gardens are just awesome and full of surprises, probably the best gardens in Ireland. Loved the exhibition too "A weed is a plant out of place" and Frances was a superb guide and made the tour so interesting.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot of work has been done in the gardens since we last visited about 2 decades ago. The gardens were probably at their best, ablaze with colour. There is also a very well-ordered vegetable garden and a fruit one as well. It was a feast of colour everywhere in the upper garden. The lower garden has some good views... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an absolutely lovely tme here . Wished had been earlier to spend more time there. Will be returning. Would recommend to older people and families.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are lovely and the exhibition in the gallery is an added bonus. The castle is a home so not open itself

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Headed here with a 5 & 3 yr old and was a bit nervous as to how entertained they would be by a garden. How wrong was I! Staff were so friendly and gave the guys a simple treasure hunt to do throughout the gardens. The gardens are amazing and so well maintained. It is really cool to get so... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to visit Lismore after I had seen it recommended as a beautiful town. And it sure is. Had we known there was so much to see we would have arrived earlier in the day. The Castle Gardens are simply gorgeous. They are in two sections - upper and lower. The upper are more formal in design, while the... More 

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