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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

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Address: Pond Road, Tramore, Ireland
Phone Number:
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive...

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, a 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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A Hidden Gem

My husband and I visited the gardens in July. We loved the design, well chosen plants/trees and rocks. Staff were enthusiastic and informative. There were some fabulous Echinacea... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 August 2016
Patricia C
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Kilkenny, Ireland

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

My husband and I visited the gardens in July. We loved the design, well chosen plants/trees and rocks. Staff were enthusiastic and informative. There were some fabulous Echinacea and Angel's Fishing Rod. We'll be back!

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Thank Patricia C
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit and we are happy you loved the design, rocks and planting, it is always great to get some feedback on the plants too as well as the design. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Whilst visiting my parents on holiday we heard about this garden and thought it worth a visit (I had visited Japan earlier in the year). My father and I and my two children aged 7 and 5 found the experience lovely. It was €5 per adult and the kids went free - they were given a guide sheet with things... More 

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Thank Hannah A
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the gardens and taking the time to post a review. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience and had an introduction to Lafcadio Hearn and his fascinating life journey, we hope you can return again in the near future. More 

Tralee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I visited the Japanese gardens with my daughter last week in the pouring rain! We were given umbrellas at the reception and off we drudged, map in hand with the route to follow to learn the story of the garden. The gardens were ‘mesmerising’ and even more enchanting in the rain. The smells that emanated from the herb garden were... More 

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the garden - we love the use of the word 'Mesmerising' as we feel it describes the gardens just perfectly. We are very proud of the gardens and we do encourage visitors to come even in inclement weather as the colour and tone of the rocks and stone are a wonderful contrast against the... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Tramore town is such a gorgeous place! I hadnt visited since I was a child and all I really remembered was the huge amusement park! What I didn't expect was to discover the most peaceful zen place imaginable,with panoramic views of the coast, yet nestled in the heart of this lovely town. A real gem of a place with such... More 

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we are delighted you plan on returning with your family, it is nice to have visitors in the gardens in the town centre as well as on our beautiful beach. We look forward to seeing you. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

It is hard to believe this garden is only one year old. It looks like a Japanese garden which has been cared for over generations. Although it sits on a small elevated site (less than a hectare would be my guess) we spent at least an hour and a half winding our way through the different parts of the garden,... More 

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your beautiful review and sharing your thoughts with other visitors, we are delighted you were able to take the time to enjoy it and take in all the features. The gardens cover 2.5 acres and the Olive Tree and Greek garden are an homage to Lafcadio Hearn's Greek mother Rosa Cassimati and tell the story of Athens.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Had a conducted tour of garden and found it so interesting. I learned a lot of new items related to Japanese culture.

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you, we are delighted you had such an interesting experience. More 

County Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Beautiful gardens hidden in Tramore. I would recommend a visit, layout is amazing and a wonderful story behind this gem. Such a peaceful place and staff are very welcoming and helpful - worth a visit for sure !

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit, we are very proud of the wonderful story of the garden and delighted to be able to tell it to our visitors. More 

Waterford, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Nice peaceful garden suitable for a short trip. To get value for money for your €5 entry fee be prepared to take a leisurely stroll and take the gardens up on the invitation to sit and contemplate the view or life. I had a pram and when I asked would I be able to navigate the garden I was told... More 

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the gardens. Our gardens are accessible for prams comfortably from gardens 1-6, the boardwalk in the woodlands is not part of this area. Thank you for highlighting the difficulty you had and we are sorry for any confusion caused. We will further highlight the... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very special place which is an interesting addition to Tramore. Stunning views from this unique space. We didn't want to leave. Susan and Conor Dublin

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, hopefully you will be able to return again soon and stay a little longer.... we look forward to seeing you. More 

Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Visited garden today. I was very impressed with how beautiful garden is. It seems far more mature than its age. It is a little oasis in the bustling town of Tramore. I look forward to visiting many more times in the future.

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we are delighted you are planning many more return visits to the gardens More 

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