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“We enjoyed it - but it could have been better”

Lismore Castle Gardens
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Lismore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We drove 50 miles from Wexford for this visit, largely encouraged by the enthusiastic reviews on Tripadvisor. Sadly, our own experience was not quite so positive as some reported here. Yes, it was great to see the variety of trees and shrubs, and it is particularly helpful that many of them are labelled. The vegetable gardens - which were getting a lot of attention from the staff - were luscious. But much of the rest of the formal flower gardens and lawns were looking decidedly dowdy, although to be fair it had been hot and dry for the two weeks prior to our visit. The best was perhaps the show of sweet peas in flower, filling the air with gorgeous scent. OK, it was worth the drive (which in itself was very pleasant) for just that.
A charming young man in the tea room made us two cups of tea - in plastic cups. There was little else by way of refreshments. There were no tables, but we took our cups outside and sat on a shady seat, amused by a blackbird having a field day in a patch of wild strawberries.
We are enthusiastic visitors of art galleries, mainly in London, but also in California, Japan and throughout Europe. But we were not much impressed by what was on show in the gardens (sculptures) and in the gallery - a series of exhibits that looked as though they had come of the drawing board of a civil engineer. We aren't totally ignorant on matters of contemporary art and have been enthusiastic visitors in the past to the Museum of Modern Art in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London.
We shall return, but not to the castle, I think: Lismore is so beautifully situated on the River Suir that it seems worth exploring for its own sake.
My photo is of the sweet peas - as a bit of a change from castle turrets.

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. The recent spell of dry, hot weather has taken its toll on our lawns and our gardening team are working very hard to reduce this impact. I am happy to hear that you received good service during your visit and have passed your comments onto the team. It is a shame, however, that you did not enjoy our current exhibition. Lismore Castle Arts prides itself on the international exhibition programme it delivers each year bringing cutting edge contemporary art to South East Ireland.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

A really nice place to walk about, the Castle is closed to public however there is one of the old guard/outer towers which are open, and included in the price.

The gardens are superb. Took us at least 2hrs to walk about.

We took the kids, an easier way to keep them patent is tell them to keep an eye out for "The White Rabbit from Alice in wonderland ;) will keep them running around and their interests peaked for a while.

Thank Justin L
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

8,00 entrance to see the upper and down gardens. Very beautiful spot in a fantastic location. The castle is closed to visit.

Thank Nany M
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Walking the exquisitely kept grounds and gardens of Lismore Castle was a treat. There were so many beautiful places, spaces and gorgeous views to take pictures. The history is deep and interesting.

Thank Fran R
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

These gardens are a gardener's delight! I visited there on a lovely summer's day, I was lucky with the weather and wandered around the gardens. I was particularly interested in the upper gardens and wanted to see the 17th century layout. I really liked it and was very impressed with all the hard working young people who were planting and working on the vegetable beds, greenhouses and fruit plants there. It was fantastic to walk around and imagine how the garden was in the past as it has been so meticulously preserved. I am a plant lover and I also love history so I was in my element. The staff were very friendly and took the time to chat to us and to answer any of our queries. The arts centre was also attractive and the staff there were very helpful also. We had a pleasant coffee break there before we went into the upper gardens.

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LismoreDirector, Manager at Lismore Castle Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

The team at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit. Our staff are working hard to ensure that the gardens look their best and that the fruit & vegetables taste their best! The plants are certainly responding to the latest spell of good weather. And we’re delighted that you enjoyed the Gallery as well. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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