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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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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Pond Road, Tramore, Ireland
+353 87 096 0013

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

We visited these gardens today and were overwhelmed by the beauty and serenity. Our 9-year-old searched for the Fairy Doors (each unique) in the Woodlands and ensured that we covered all areas of the different sections while completing the worksheet. The staff were most helpful...More

Thank MaithanCailin
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and children just love the gardens, we find more often than not, they encourage the parents to return again and again. Even the adults enjoy the woodland fairy trail.

Reviewed 29 July 2017

I visited these lovely gardens on a recent visit to Tramore. The day we visited the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day to visit. We saw the gardens in all their glory. The time and effort that went into developing these gardens...More

Thank Katriona M
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2017

Thank you very much for your lovely review, we are glad you had such a great experience and we do agree the gardens are a beautiful peaceful escape and very relaxing. All our staff and volunteers really enjoy their work there and are very well...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

I was with my wife few times in this garden it is Lovely place and people who care about this. It is great place for everybody who like this can of attractions . we recommended for all

Thank Dragonleo R
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and excellent views of Tramore! Great place for young and old, fantastic day for the little one with all the fairy doors to discover short little experience but worth the visit.

Thank Aaron T
Reviewed 27 June 2017

A wonderful hidden gem in the middle of Tranmore, such a beautiful peaceful place, went with a ladies group and had a guided tour which lasted 45 minutes, our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable about the gardens and the life of Lafcadio Hearn and...More

Thank cazf59
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you very much for your beautiful review, we are delighted you enjoyed your tour and yes our Tour Guide Keith is very knowledgeable and enjoys the tours as much as the visitors. We do hope you can do a return visit.

Reviewed 18 June 2017

Wonderful, soulful..almost holy, place. Peaceful and enigmatic, this is a fitting tribute to a uniquely talented man. The Guide's short introduction gave us a useful insight into the Gardens and their parallels with Lafcadio Hearn's remarkable life. Must be seen.More

Thank tressensible
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Thank you for your beautiful review and we agree it is a place of peace and tranquility. Although the guided tour is wonderful, our guide and counter staff will always give you a brief summary on how to best experience the gardens through the self-guided...More

Reviewed 10 June 2017

A beautiful mixture of a number of different style gardens representing the different locations of Lafcadio Herans life. The overall theme is Japanese, but this is a great place to visit for peace, tranquility and views of Tramore bay. The friendly staff have a fantastic...More

Thank Michael O
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Michael, we really appreciate that you have taken the time to write this lovely review and are delighted you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the gardens as well as the great views of Tramore Bay. The staff are passionate about the gardens and always...More

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

The garden is well maintained and very beautiful. There is an information centre and a small coffee shop when we enter the garden and the staff will gives us information about the history of how the garden was made and some small questionnaire pamphlet which...More

Thank Merly R
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

What a lovely review, thank you so much. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and you describe the garden so well. We hope you can visit us again in Tramore in the near future.

Reviewed 6 June 2017

I visited this new garden in June 2017, it was nice "soft " day . However the rain did not detract from this wonderful garden. It took great courage and vision to establish this garden. Every detail is considered, the design and planting is terrific....More

Thank Mairead C
Reviewed 3 June 2017

These gardens reflect the life and work of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, a fascinating man whose history is told with enthusiasm by the very friendly staff. The gardens themselves are interesting for the symbolism rather than the diversity of plants, but are tranquil and thought provoking....More

Thank Braveheart8068
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

We appreciate your lovely review and delighted you had such an enjoyable experience on your visit to the gardens, we hope you will be able to visit us again soon.

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Response from paddyhomeandaway | Reviewed this property |
Walk down town and it is up behind Majestic Hotel.