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Heywood Gardens

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Address: Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Ireland
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+353 57 873 3563

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dogs on the loose

this morning while walking in the gardens and trail around, i had our dog on a leash, we met 2 dogs , one jack russell and another whippet on the loose, they came to attack our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this morning while walking in the gardens and trail around, i had our dog on a leash, we met 2 dogs , one jack russell and another whippet on the loose, they came to attack our dog of which i had to ward them off with a stick, can people please put their dogs on a leash for everyones safety... More 

Thank IrelandHerbie
Enniscorthy, Ireland
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didnt get time to do the walk but it looked a lovely place to spend and hour or two We had brilliant sunshine but over in the corner a huge pile of snow lay, which was there from a few days before.

Thank Kay D
Abbeyleix, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Absolutely beautiful Italian gardens in Heywood, Ballinakill. Very poorly marketed and unknown to many tourists. Well worth a visit. Ideal for wedding photo's.

Thank laoisman2016
Castlecomer, Ireland
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

A garden with a difference, the school grounds are within Haywood gardens which are lovingly maintained. The addition of information boards gives you an apetitie for the history of the original site, there is no charge, however limited access to some of the gardens for wheelchairs. There are several photo opportunities. I have not done the extended walk but am... More 

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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

We took a trip here at the end of October and were not disappointed - the beautiful gardens designed by Lutyens are glorious - they overlook a man made lake surrounded by deciduous trees - in Autumn they were especially magnificent. The gardens are free to enter and were once the private gardens of the now demolished Heywood House. I... More 

Thank Will P
Cork, Ireland
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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Beautiful gardens to visit. Easy enough to walk around the grounds, although maybe not with a buggy etc. Parking available inside the gate to the right. There were toilets there... but locked!

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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Came across this by accident and had a pleasant surprise. Gardens are very well kept and there was a lovely walk along by the river, we didn't have enough time to do the whole walk but we intend to go back soon. Well done to the gardeners/caretakers. The school beside the gardens must make for very happy students!

Thank yayaya123
Thurles, co. Tipperary
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

A lovely walk, beautiful gardens and oodles of charm. Hidden gem in Co. Laois. the circular walled garden is beautifully manicured and the woodland walk a great treat for walkers.

Thank katiechapple78
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

It has so many differ things to see. The Lake, graveyard, country walk, formal gardens. You could spend at least 2 or three hours walking around the different walk ways. It's really beautiful.

Thank LaoisBer
Derry, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

Very much worth a visit. Really magical 20th Century, Lutyens designed gardens. Wonderful display of flowers. Situated in the grounds of Heywood Community School. Not well signposted once you are in the grounds, but persevere.

Thank NonieG53

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