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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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  • Average2%
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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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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Visited the garden today and had the benefit of a guided tour - the various rooms all have their own story and significance in the life of Lafcadio Hearn. We loved the mature trees, the dappled light - we were lucky to be there as...More

Thank DubAbroad
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

We are delighted you enjoyed your tour and mentioned us in such esteem company as Lismore Castle. We are very proud of the design and the garden and the dappled light and birdsong add to the tranquility. Yes, children love the gardens and are especially...More

Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had never heard about Lafcadio Hearn before so we didn't have a clue what we were in for on arrival. The staff here are very friendly and knowledgeable about Lafcadio and his life. The gardens are a sea of tranquility in the hussle of...More

Thank Derek K
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

Thank you for your review, we are glad you found the gardens and have passed on this to other Tripadvisor users. We hope you can come back when the boardwalks are not so wet, the gardens looking amazing in the sunshine, but they also have...More

Reviewed 22 August 2016

Bringing my two young daughters there on a wet summers day, we found that there was plenty in the garden to interest all ages. A beautiful and peaceful haven up from the hustle and bustle of the tramore seafront, the gardens are a wonderful place...More

Thank 76aoifeo
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

We are so happy you and the girls enjoyed the visit and found so many interesting features, children love the gardens and we are delighted that some fairies have moved in also, Lafcadio Hearn was a great translator of Folklore and Fairytales.

Reviewed 21 August 2016

Garden commemorates the writer Lafcadio Hearn who visited the town as a youngster. His life story is told through a series of cleverly designed gardens which wind in and around a a hillslope, with running streams and mature trees cleverly incorporated into the narrative. The...More

Thank elizabeth498
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit, this time of year is a beautiful time for the gardens and considering it is just over a year since the opening of the gardens, we are so pleased with their growth and maturity. There are fantastic view...More

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!

Thank Patricia C
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

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.

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...More

Thank Hannah A
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2016

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.

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...More

Thank Jackie R
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank jbree2016
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2016

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.

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...More

Thank tomas a
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

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...More

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.

Thank Jim H
JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

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

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Walk down town and it is up behind Majestic Hotel.
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