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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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Superb Work for an attraction that is only open for 1 year...

Japanese gardens, peaceful, tranquil, beautiful setting. €5 / adult.... Community run voluntary project. Enthusiasm of guy at reception was infectious. Well versed and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 July 2016
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Cork, Ireland

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Cork, Ireland
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Japanese gardens, peaceful, tranquil, beautiful setting. €5 / adult.... Community run voluntary project. Enthusiasm of guy at reception was infectious. Well versed and knowledgeable and highly informative. On our next visit, we will definitely take the tour. We certainly wish them well and will visit again to see developments. Well Done :)

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

John Thank you for your lovely review of the gardens, we are delighted you were able to meet Keith on arrival and were so informed, we do agree the Guided Tour is a must and will certainly add to your experience of the gardens on your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic, informative tour for young or old of spectacular authentic Japanese Gardens. An absolute must-do if you are in Tramore.

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

Thanks Catríona - we are delighted you enjoyed your visit and for sending in such a lovely review. More 

Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I visited with my son on Friday having heard about the garden from friends. He brought his oil paints and I my watercolour paints. Although the day was a little overcast we were astounded by the beauty of this urban oasis. It was difficult to select a subject matter to paint as there were so many idyllic scenes to choose... More 

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

Hi Stephanie Thank you for your beautiful review of the gardens and we are delighted you had such an enjoyable day painting also it was great you were able to avail of the tour with Agnes on your return with your family. We appreciate your recommendation for the tour as we do really feel it adds to the Visitor Experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Fabulous Japanese gardens in the heart of Tramore, very tranquil. Great history. Would highly recommend

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

Teresa, thank you so much for visiting we are delighted you enjoyed your visit so much. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Highly enjoyable and relaxing walk around the japanese gardens. There are very informative storyboards throughout.

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

Thank you - we are glad you were able to enhance your experience by following the 'story of the garden'. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited these gardens this afternoon. They are absolutely stunning and very well put together. It is a very peaceful and relaxing place to be. Gives you a lovely little taste of Japan. A pretty little hidden gem in the middle of Tramore. A must see!

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

We are delighted Nicole that you and your husband had such an enjoyable visit to the gardens, it is certainly a place of peace and tranquility of which we are very proud of. More 

Waterford, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens opened just one year ago. Their location was well signposted and there was no problem parking (free) on the street adjacent to the entrance. I waited a year to visit them and was surprised that even within one year they felt so mature. This was in part due to a lot of mature sycamore trees... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we are glad your wait was so worthwhile, we hope to see you visit again soon. More 

Dublin Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

When I think of Tramore in County Waterford, I think of summer days by the sea with young children, amusements, large 99's and the noise and hustle and bustle that goes with all of that. But now Tramore has something new to offer; something very special. A visit to the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens is a must for all visitors... More 

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

Thank you Adrian for you review of the gardens, we are glad you enjoyed it so much. Thank you also for sending us your photographs it is very much appreciated. We are delighted to be part of Ireland's Ancient East and the new cultural offering for Tramore. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Tucked away in a quite street in the resort town of Tramore, this is a real joy to visit. If you love (or even like) gardens, you have to make the effort to see this. On a sloping site towards the sea, you'll find a Japanese Garden laid out to celebrate the life and experience of Lafcadio Hearn. It comprises... More 

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

JB, thank you so much for your lovely review and for giving such a detailed description of your visit to Tripadvisor Guests, I am sure it will be very helpful to all those seeking advice and information. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Janet More 

Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

This is a delightful garden with a difference - it tells the fascinating story of a man's life from his boyhood summers in Tramore as depicted by the Victorian garden at the front through the rippling grasses symbolising his voyage across the ocean to America to his settling in Japan. It is a garden of peace and tranquility - a... More 

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