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“nothing special and not worth €7 to visit”
Review of Derreen Gardens

Derreen Gardens
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Ranked #9 of 49 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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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Visited these gardens in early July, was expecting something really special, gardens didnt live up to our expectations! €7 a head too much, we regretted paying it, you won't see anything here you wouldn't see in any free forest park! We went there looking forward to a nice cup of tea before our walk through the beautiful gardens, tea shop wasn't open - is it ever open! Don't go there expecting the tea shop to be open - we visited during a busy holiday period so if it isn't open then when will it be open?
Personally I would give this one a miss - definitely not one of the top ten gardens in Ireland!

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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.

1  Thank Ozzie_in_Ireland
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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.

Thank pclarke234
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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 .

Thank paddymaxpower
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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!

2  Thank Eliane Z
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