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“WHAT A LOVELY SURPRISE!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
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US$5.49*
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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Admission Ticket and Tour
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Tramore
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
“WHAT A LOVELY SURPRISE!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 an American garden reflecting the time he spent in the U.S. We enjoyed the guided tour and the wonderful views of Tramore. We will definitely be returning soon.

Visited October 2016
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review, 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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Dublin, Ireland
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“What a truly beautiful garden”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 a huge range of plants, shrubs and trees. A community project, the people of Tramore deserve great credit for the work they have done to make such a beautiful Japanese Garden for everyone to enjoy. Highly recommended!

Visited October 2016
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review, 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 that visitors get so much pleasure from the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and it we are delighted to see so many new faces in our town centre.
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County Waterford, Ireland
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“Recent Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2016
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review, 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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“Beautiful Surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2016
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review, 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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London, United Kingdom
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“A lovely garden and story in Tramore”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 an important man in Japan with Irish roots. I am a qualified garden designer myself and loved the way in which this garden was laid out and made so thanks to all those involved in the careful planning and choosing of materials. If refreshments could be organised (a café perhaps) in the future, we could linger longer.

Visited September 2016
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JCarey83, Public Relations Manager at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, responded to this review, 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 the weather is dry it is nice to sit on the gardens benches and enjoy the view. We hope you can visit us again. Thank you
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