Lismore Castle Gardens
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Laura T
Boston, Massachusetts, United States3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very pretty Castle - wish we could have gone inside. We paid 30 pounds for a family ticket and drove an hour to look at gardens that while purportedly ancient weren’t particularly extensive or otherwise noteworthy, and an art museum that was incredibly specific to the owners taste and lacking any real general appeal.

I can see the appeal of having a wedding here, but definitely would not recommend for a family day trip - not much to see and too expensive for what it is.

That said, the staff was very friendly - I just don’t think it was worth it - we were there for a total of 45 minutes.
Written 24 April 2024
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Kate M
Edinburgh, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very pleasant venue to visit. Was quiet when we were there but can imagine it could get busy perhaps too busy for the available space. There is a cafe which we did not visit and also an art gallery with an unoriginal unexciting poor exhibition. Wouldn't rush back but the town is pleasant enough.
Written 15 November 2023
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Jamie N
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautiful botanical garden next to Lismore Castle. Great examples of vegetable gardening, pollinator plants and fruit trees. Learn some history of the castle as well
Written 3 September 2023
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john o
Australind, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This was absolutely amazing- the Gardens were great. We were lucky to have got good weather and had a beautiful walk around the gardens . The flowers were in full bloom and such abundance of colour
Written 19 August 2023
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Drew Kirkpatrick
Whitehead, UK79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great view of the castle and beautiful relaxing walk around the gardens
Visited in July and most flowers and bushes in full bloom
Interesting areas in the lower garden for example sections of the Berlin Wall.
Lovely garden next to castle with patio table and chairs to have coffee out of the cafe
Really enjoyed our visit and recommend
Written 16 July 2023
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Alice K
Pittsburgh, PA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We were staying in a B&B near Lismore and saw a sign advertising a farmer's market near the gardens. The gardens themselves are accessed by a road next to the parking lot that looked like someone's driveway. What a surprise when we got inside! A small ticket booth with a cart of plants and products made from the garden gives way to a stunning birch grove and a maze of walled, interconnected garden room?. There were formal borders and hothouses, a rose border that perfumed the air, an abandoned apple orchard carpeted with daisies. Some areas were formally kept, others looked as if they were trying to return to nature. Each turn was surprising. There was even a small café and art gallery. I am told that the Castle is still a private residence and cannot be toured. But we were able to walk up into the gate towers and look down on the bustling farmer's market. Very picturesque and charming, the gardens seem much larger than they probably are.
Written 29 June 2023
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Jane
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Lovely spot for a visit. We were lucky to have good weather so we could take our time and enjoy the fabulous gardens. Art gallery was OK, not my taste though. Decent little (tiny!) cafe with outdoor seating. Nice staff, in particular a lady called Gail (I think) who was so accommodating and helpful.
Written 19 June 2023
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John
Nashua, NH4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A little-known nice attraction, not shown up as a top place to visit while in the Castlelyons area. Very nice place to spend a sunny day.
Written 14 April 2023
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Raymond
Midleton, Ireland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
A Castle as you approach from Capperquin it certainly has the Whow factor, sitting on the hill looking over the river Blackwater.
Written 26 February 2023
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caroline g
35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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