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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 good17%
  • Average4%
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  • 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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"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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"small coffee shop"
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

The staff were friendly and gave concise, interesting information about the garden (e.g. how they had to examine 100s of rocks when making the model of the Japan islands) before letting us off to explore. The gardens contain many beautiful set-pieces, and I'm sure they're...More

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We hope to see you in the gardens again soon.

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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Am just now writing the review for our October visit to the gardens, and what an unexpected surprise it was! Had not been in Tramore in a couple of years and we were very pleasantly surprised to learn there was a new "attraction" in the...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review and for taking the time to do it. We have created 'The Enchanted Garden' for the Christmas Holidays, it is a display of Winter Lights throughout the garden and is really Magical. We hope you can get to see...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

The Lafcadio Hearne Garden in Tramore is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Probably better without the children although they did enjoy it. You can take a guided tour but you can also just wander through in your own time. It's outdoors obviously so...More

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2016

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. If you are in Tramore over Christmas we have turned it into an Enchanted Garden by switching on a wonderland of light from 4.30pm - 7.00pm each evening. It is not to be...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Visited the gardens today with a group. Was very impressed!! The story behind the gardens is fascinating. Our tour guide, Kevin was very measured and informative in his delivery. The stories he told were entertaining and informative for all ages. It's not just about the...More

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

We are so happy you had such a great experience during your visit to the gardens, yes we agree the story of the gardens does really add to the entire visit and doing the tour is a must. We appreciate the time you have taken...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2016

We had no idea that new gardens had been set in what was the old gardens of Tramore House and that they are in tribute to one of Tramore's former citizens, Lafcadio Hearn. Each segment tells the story of a part of his life, including...More

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2016

It is always wonderful to make a new discovery and we are delighted you found the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and enjoyed your visit so much, we look forward to your return, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter months.

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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We found these Japanese Gardens in Tramore and what a truly beautiful place. The gardens trace the life of Lafcadio Hearn, from his childhood in Tramore to his life in the US and then in Japan. The gardens were quiet, peaceful and really lovely, with...More

Thank Denise W
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review our gardens, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit, the gardens are especially beautiful this time of year and we are glad you had such a positive experience. As a community project we are really pleased...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2016

Went here recently and the gardens are lovely. Found the staff exceptionally helpful and informative. Nice addition to Tramore. Priced very reasonable. Great progress in the last four years.

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2016

Many thanks for sending in your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit, we hope you can visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Totally captivates you. This is a must for all. Different from Japanese Gardens in Kildare. Follow the journey of Hearn through the wonderful gardens.

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

Thank you so much for your review we appreciate you taking the time to do it and tell others about your experience. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore.

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Reviewed 4 October 2016

If you just want to rush in and see a garden, you will be a bit disappointed as it is not fully developed (are gardens ever?) or mature yet. If you want to know the story, this garden is fantastic to reflect the life of...More

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review, yes we agree we would love to have a cafe and refreshments, but there is alot of fundraising and sponsorship needed before we can do that, In the meantime we have a self service Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate Machine and if...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

These gardens are a joy and a real asset to Tramore. I love japenese gardens and visit them wherever I go and rate these as highly as any I've seen. The planting is beautiful, the story telling interesting and the views of surrounding Tramore set...More

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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit so much, especially as you visit so many other Japanese Gardens. Thank you for your review, it is very much appreciated.

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Walk down town and it is up behind Majestic Hotel.
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