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“Expensive for what it is” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Derreen Gardens

Derreen Gardens
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Ring of Beara Day Tour from Killarney
Ranked #11 of 50 things to do in Kenmare
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Owner description: Derreen is a woodland garden that has a selection of narrow paths leading to the sea. You can choose a short stroll of about 40 minutes or take all day discovering the 8 miles of paths. Many of the plants were brought back from the Himalayas by the Victorian plant hunters. There is a cafe selling lunch or a selection of delicious hand made cakes during the summer months.
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Dublin, Ireland
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56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Expensive for what it is”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

It was raining when we went but we didn't melt. The garden is in a wilderness type of setting rather than a formal garden so it did feel a bit of a rip off paying 34€ for 6 of us to walk through it when there was little formality in its upkeep. Nevertheless it is very pretty. The little fairy houses were cute. We kept running into "private" signs which is fine but sometimes they were deadends and we had to backtrack. The map made no sense at all. So we gave up on it. Didn't look like the tearoom was open so we left. We were there mid week so maybe not surprising.
Nice for a walk but I won't be back.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Ozzie_in_Ireland
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Cavan, Ireland
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76 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

My friend and I went to the Gardens on a beautiful sunny morning. Well worth a visit. There is an honesty box for payment and you also receive a helpful map of the gardens. As we are both Australians we were very impressed with the Aussie Ferns. The whole gardens is so lovely and very well laid out. We were spoilt with the lovely sunny morning and we sat looking out over the lake for quite some time. We found the toilets clean.

Visited June 2013
Thank pclarke234
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“lovely gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

well worth the money to go and see.

i had been here years ago as a child, and was delighted to see so much growth and wonderful scenery. lots of wild life and a must for ornithologists .

Visited June 2013
Thank paddymaxpower
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Glengarriff, Irland
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64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“private paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Again we invited a group of garden enthusiasts to this lovely and well kept private paradise. Other than most public gardens this is a family owned and family run little business. I am pleased to see it in almost perfect conditions year after year although all the hardship with recession, less visitors, hard frosts in 2009, lots of snow in 2010, heavy gales just recently. One gardener keeps it going and he does well. Of course there is the odd fallen branch/tree here and there or even a toilet being left in bad state by a former guest but so what!? I wish I had such an enchanted place left open for me near to my place! The new attraction for children pleased our adult guests: a trail of fairy houses to be found hidden in and between 150 year old trees. We had magnificent weather and almost all rhododendrons were in full bloom (some 15 metres and more tall), due to the eternal winter we could even still admire many wonderful camellias. It was especially interesting to study the smallest (filmy ferns) and the tallest ferns (Dicksonias and Cyatheas) of the Earth in just one place. After a week of garden visits some of our guests said this was the highlight. A big compliment and thanks to the owners and descendants of the 1st Earl of Kerry!

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Eliane Z
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Shame about the facilities”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

The gardens are lovely as ever with wonderful rhododendrons and azaleas at this time of year. Unfortunately, the toilets were a disgrace with no running water and left blocked. Not what you would expect having paid to go in. There was no one there it seemed to register a complaint today - 6 May 2013.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Dougsuz
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