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Address: Lismore, Ireland
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Nice scenery, interesting, just two monuments which are very grubby and need a "springclean". Too many weeds,briars and nettles on the edges of these ruins which should be cut... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice scenery, interesting, just two monuments which are very grubby and need a "springclean". Too many weeds,briars and nettles on the edges of these ruins which should be cut back. Other than that, I would recommend it for a nice walk. The walkway could be extended beyond the green area above the bridge into the wood to make an even... More 

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Sherwood, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a surprise! This site has a unique and interesting backstory and I found myself wondering if the towers are as cool in person as they look in the photos. They are! Even better, you can wander inside each. The paths are wide and well-maintained with a gentle slope. We saw folks of all ages enjoying the trail and there... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Lovely walk through beautiful nature. Picturesque ruins with an interesting history. And it's free!!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Went here for a walk at lunchtime on a wonderful sunny day in October. (Sunny in Ireland in October... Can you imagine that?!). Very peaceful. Wonderful variety of old trees and shrubbery line either side of the trail. Great short walk to unwind and see nature alongside the very well preserved towers. Benches to sit down and take in the... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 468 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The story goes that an Irish landlord Arthur Keily-Ussher started building a large castle, starting with these towers as the entrance in 1834. He wanted to show up his brother who had a large castle somewhere else. But, he was known for treating his workers badly, and when the Great Famine started, the workers stopped working and the castle was... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

A monument to greed with nature slowly reclaiming it. From the car park, the path to the left, marked "Towers" is longer and with a more gradual incline and follows a lovely stream. The path on the right marked (I think) "Grand Lodges" is more steep. A path through the woods unites the two structures and must be beautiful in... More 

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

What a beautiful gem in the Irish countryside right near the historic village of Lismore. Guide book said 'easy half hour walk'- we spent over an hour wandering the trail from the Lodge Gates to the Tower Bridge - emerald green foliage in abundance, together with views through moss covered tree trucks. Peace and quiet even on a Sunday with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Historic and beautiful folly built by the evil landlord Kiely Ussher who evicted many of his tenants during the Great Hunger in the 1840s, his wife wanted a home comparable to her sisters home at Strancally Castle but he ran out of money after building the lodges. There was a failed assassination attempt by locals which resulted in deportation to... More 

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Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It’s a nice short walk through the woods to get to these pretty towers. Definitely a highlight on your itinerary if you’re in the Lismore area.

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

I had heard a lot about this place and it doesn't take long to reach it from Lismore, it's about 3 km. I would advise to do the round trip walk and not just the walk to the towers, turn right from the car park, not left. The incline that faces you is not as difficult as it seems. The... More 

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