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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

Pond Road, Tramore, Ireland
+353 87 096 0013
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The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. The gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country. The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens have a wonderful and unique story to tell. In their style and planting they contain elements of the gardening traditions of the countries and cultures traversed by Hearn during his varied life. The journey begins in a Victorian Garden to commemorate Hearn's happy childhood summers in Tramore. There is an American Garden, a Greek Garden and a traditional Japanese Tea Garden, in addition to a Stream Garden, ponds, waterfall and an extensive woodland area. The main elements of design, in particular the use of rocks and water and the plant selection, are influenced by the tradition of a Japanese Strolling Garden.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“his life” (7 reviews)
“guided tour” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
Pond Road, Tramore, Ireland
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+353 87 096 0013
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"his life"
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"guided tour"
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"peaceful place"
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"fairy doors"
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"wonderful hidden gem"
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"haven of tranquility"
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"would highly recommend a visit"
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"gardens are lovely"
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"nice addition"
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"will visit again"
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"nominal fee"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"spring or summer"
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"an oasis"
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"small coffee shop"
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"the hustle and bustle"
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"attention to detail"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful experiences ever! The gardens are an amazing hidden gem, the staff and volunteers are so friendly and welcoming it was like being in someone's home for the afternoon, I didn't know anything about this writer before my visit but that's...More

Thank Dawn O
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Dawn, thank you for your lovely review, it is really much appreciated and what a 'stunning' review for us also. The staff are really dedicated and enjoy meeting visitors everyday, so we are glad you enjoyed that particular experience. It is also great to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice small garden worth a visit for 30-45 minutes and good value at €5 a head. On day we visited few flowering plants and while features were nice some were of the type that you would find in an enthusiastic gardeners home garden. Pleasant quite...More

Thank Martin F
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Martin, thank you for your review, yes the gardens are currently in transition now, moving from the beautiful colour of the Azaleas, to the full flowering of the Echinaea and Hostas, however as the composition of a Japanese Garden is primarily based on Rock...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous experience to wander around a very special, and unique garden in Tramore. The garden has been crafted over a year on this 2and a half acre sloped site. The 'rooms' represent phases of Lafcadio Hearns life and are very thoughtfully designed and planted. Strongly...More

Thank Grahame M
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Grahame for your excellent review of the gardens, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the recommendation.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little gem of a garden in the middle of Tramore is truly an oasis, very well landscaped and the attention to detail is evident. We hope it flourishes in the coming years.

Thank Charlie Q
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Charlie your review is very much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A recent trip to tramore after a walk on the beach. Found this place by mistake. At only €5 a head . Decided to go in. Nestled in the heart of tramore you would think you were in another country. O lovely peaceful walk. Through...More

Thank Nick K
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Nick for the lovely review, we are only 3 years old this weekend and are still creating new features in the gardens, there is always something new to see. We hope to see you again

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

A pretty, well developed garden with many various plants, shrubs, waterways etc. Made nice photos! Pity the wooden building was still work in progress but perhaps we were too early in the season.

Thank Tony S
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Thank you for taking time to review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Yes the Azumaya is under construction but should be finished in a few weeks, we do hope you can come back and see the finished structure.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

This haven of tranquility is must for all visitors to the SE of Ireland. It holds interest for gardeners,lovers of literature and those intrigued by Japanese culture.

Thank Sally S
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Thank you very much Sally, we are delighted you have taken the time out to post your lovely review, yes there is something for everyone to enjoy in the gardens and we hope you can visit again soon.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Found garden but took a while to find the entrance. Once found it was charming and worth the effort.

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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Visited on a beautiful weekend morning. Some lovely flowers in bloom, rockpools and a brief history of lafcadio. We strolled around within about 30 mins. While it is lovely to see some unique attractions like this popping up in Waterford, the gardens are still being...More

Thank songaff
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Hi, thank you for taking the time to submit a review, we hope you can come back again and see the Azumaya when finished, we expect this should be complete in next 6 weeks.

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Visited on a magnificent sunny day and enjoyed the garden so much. It is in a wonderful setting and beautifully designed. I think we just got there in time to see the lovely Victorian garden whose Magnolia tree and purple tulips, stocks and primroses were...More

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thank you Serene for your very thought provoking review, it seems you really did enjoy your visit and we look forward to seeing you here again in the near future

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Walk down town and it is up behind Majestic Hotel.
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