Lismore Castle Gardens
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Owner description: Lismore Castle Gardens and Gallery are situated on the edge of the heritage town of Lismore, the proud winner of numerous Tidiest Town awards. Visitors are invited to wander in the historic gardens, arranged over seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls of Lismore Castle. The gardens are said to be the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Ireland and they offer spectacular views of both Lismore castle and the surrounding countryside of the Blackwater valley. Featuring a wide variety of beautifully maintained plants and trees, as well as a permanent sculpture collection, Lismore Castle Gardens is one of the highlights of The Waterford Garden Trail, which includes fifteen gardens around Co. Waterford. Please note the castle itself is a private residence and is therefore not open to visitors. Entry to the garden includes access to the contemporary art gallery, Lismore Castle Arts, which hosts exhibitions of Irish and international artists. There is also a small refreshment counter and a reading room, plus art materials available for children. Visitors might also enjoy other attractions located within walking distance of the gardens. These include Lismore Cathedral, the Heritage Centre and Lady Louisa's walk, as well as a number of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. Please note due to the historic nature of the gardens and the naturally steep terrain of the ground, there are some unavoidable limitations on access for visitors who use a wheelchair or are less mobile. The gallery, Lismore Castle Arts, is occasionally closed for installation of temporary exhibitions, please contact us for full details.
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caroline g
36 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
The castle when you first see it as you drive into Lismore is breath-taking. Its beautiful. The gardens are beautiful and well cared for. I like the tack house. It was nice but not a whole lot to see. Only spent about an hour here. You can't go into castle. I taught the playground was not safe, its hidden in a dip and so overgrown and very little to it.
Written 2 August 2022
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Fiona J
9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful gardens. Spent a lovely few hours wandering around. Not overly manicured so still feel quite natural & wild. Seating area outside the very small but sufficient cafe that’s with the gallery. A rope swing and a separate Playground we’re fun. Best part was the dog was welcome.
Written 21 July 2022
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Tina K
Bray, Ireland7 contributions
Mar 2022
We visited Lismore Castle gardens on a weekday, mid-morning when there was hardly anyone else around the place so it's probably the best time to go.

Disappointed to see that we couldn't get access to even a small part of the Castle itself, but being in private ownership I suppose it's to be expected.

The gardens themselves are beautifully laid out & I would imagine absolutely gorgeous when in bloom.

The pathways & walkways are fairly easy to navigate even if you're not good on your feet.
Written 18 April 2022
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Suzanna D
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Mar 2022 • Family
Visited today. We didn't realise that entry was only to the gardens! We should've clarified. €33 for 2 adults 2 children.
The Castle gallery was full of local art from schools, very poor really for a castle gallery. Little kids would enjoy the gardens but limited enjoyment for adults we thought! We couldn't even access the castle courtyard. We were disappointed!
Written 19 March 2022
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DubTwosome
Dublin, Ireland1,954 contributions
Aug 2021
We enjoyed our brief visit to Lismore Castle and Gardens last month. Due to the time of the year, lots of the flowers and shrubs had gone past full bloom, but we will definitely come back to visit at a different time of the year to see it in all its glory. The grounds are beautiful and the castle is very imposing. There was a lovely air of calm and serenity as we strolled around at our leisure, and the grounds provide plenty of opportunities for keen photographers. We were particularly interested in the restoration of the greenhouse and were lucky enough to talk to the man who was in charge of it. The new greenhouse is a stunning asset to the gardens, and although it is restored using modern materials, he has managed to make it look as it would have when it was first constructed. It is easy to negotiate the gardens using the map that is given to visitors at the entrance. There were preparations afoot for an Opera recital on the afternoon we were there, and lots of children were enjoying art classes under a large canopy. There is a small coffee counter for drinks and snacks, which is really all you would need on a visit here. Unfortunately, not all areas would be accessible by people with mobility issues, so check this out beforehand if you have particuliar problems.
Written 19 September 2021
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DUN01170
Dublin, Ireland273 contributions
Aug 2021
Quite the best maintained gardens we have visited in Ireland. Up there with the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Very well organised with fruit, flowers and vegetables. The restoration of the glasshouse designed by Paxton is almost complete and will be a notable addition. Visitors are able to walk everywhere and the sculpture garden is notable. As is the plaground for children. We were surprised to find two large pieces of the Berlin Wall among so much else. The art galery had a fascinating show on and around the US artist Nacy Holt, part of a significant annual series. The garden cafe serves first-class coffee and home made cakes.
Written 16 August 2021
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Raymond
Midleton, Ireland4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Standing on the bridge over the Blackwater River and looking up at the Castle, like looking Disney film but it's not it is the real thing a magical place, so much to do and see the history like a trip back in time.
Written 13 August 2021
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Smurf53
Dublin, Ireland49 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The gardens are beautiful. We were given an informative map to guide our visit. We also enjoyed the modern art installations. A special mention for the coffee and cake which was delicious.
Written 10 August 2021
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bmnish1990
17 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This review follows a similar vein as other ones. The grounds are beautifully kept and worth a visit if you are interested in gardens. The staff was friendly. However, the castle is entirely private and the views of castle from the grounds are less impressive than from the road. It also cost €15 for two adults to walk around the grounds - an expensive fare for an outdoor exploration. I wish there had been more history available around the grounds and images perhaps of the castle and restorations throughout the years. Overall, I would say snap photos from the road and pay for visits to castles you can actually go into.
Written 10 August 2021
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Pascal
Fermoy, Ireland14 contributions
Jun 2021
Lismore Castle Gardens is a great place in my locality to go for a stroll on a sunny Sunday afternoon as a couple of with the family.
We have been friends (members) of the Castle Gardens for many years and we love it.
The shop always has an exhibition, serving great coffee and homemade apple juice, can't go wrong...
Everything is well maintained as the gardeners are doing a great job to keep it up.
Also great spot when events are organized there (Towers and Tales, Easter egg hunt, opera nights,...).
Not to be missed if you are travelling through Lismore and the views of the castle from the bridge are just unbelievable!
Written 31 July 2021
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