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Short and sweet

We stopped off here after visiting Dunmore Caves. It's good for a short walk and grabbing a few... read more

Reviewed yesterday
PaulHFromCranley
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Bangor, N Ireland
A little gem

Heywood is a little off the beaten track but well worth the detour. The demesne is a lovely place... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Cherry P
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped off here after visiting Dunmore Caves. It's good for a short walk and grabbing a few photos but there's not a lot to keep you there for long. Nevertheless, it's worth taking an hour or so to visit. There are information signs throughout...More

Thank PaulHFromCranley
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Heywood is a little off the beaten track but well worth the detour. The demesne is a lovely place for a quiet walk and the garden designed by Lutyens is an absolute gem, even when the flowers are past their best. From the terraces there...More

Thank Cherry P
Reviewed 27 February 2018

we visited on a cold day in January. Despite the weather it was still a pleasure to explore with lots of interesting gardens writhing and lovely photographic spots. Plenty of parking, decent toilets. Those with limited mobility have the option of driving to the top...More

1  Thank tangled12a
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Well what can I say. A piece of hidden Irish history. Off the beaten track but worth seeking out. Lovely gardens and love the explanations along the way. Some views too.

Thank Hagrid99
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Our expectations were not high, but the reviews were good and it stayed open in the evening, so we 'popped by'. To avoid company we opted to go to Claude's seat first and had forgotten that this part of the walk was supposed to be...More

1  Thank vpexplores1
Reviewed 25 August 2017

This is a lovely place to walk and then to enjoy the beautiful gardens. It was delightful. Free entrance and parking. There is also a clean and new toilet facility.

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

It was a cold day in November when we visited so no flowers but it was still a nice spot for a Sunday walk. It is nice to see works are being done to improve the site as it is a very interesting place.

Thank Miriam C
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Lovely gardens just past Ballinakill on the Abbeyleix road. Parking ok and toilets were open. Pity there's no coffee shop but it's not far to Abbeyleix anyway. Beautiful gardens and totally unexpected as it's in the middle of nowhere. Really well maintained and a nice...More

Thank CRRG_Dublin
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Been here with my two year old. Loads of space to run around, a maze to get lost in, flowers to be amazed by and if you wanted, a long nature walk to do by the lake.

Thank Roisin H
Reviewed 18 May 2017

On pleasant summer's day, we walked through Heywood Gardens. It had been a long time since I had last visited but my husband and children had not been before. My husband and I both commented that it reminded us of the gardens on Garinish island...More

4  Thank Judith38Cork_Ireland
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Deirdre H
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Response from laoisman2016 | Reviewed this property |
Its owned by the OPW with free admission and open all year round. Lovely Italian gardens...well worth a visit. There is ample parking but no Cafe
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Val M
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Yes you can bring your dogs.
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Response from laoisman2016 | Reviewed this property |
Its owned by the OPW with free admission and open all year round. Lovely Italian gardens...well worth a visit. There is ample parking but no Cafe
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