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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
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US$6.00*
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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Admission Ticket and Tour
Ranked #2 of 18 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, 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: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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 plants and landscaping, although both of those are very beautiful also. It's really about the colorful Irish man whose life inspired the gardens. Spoil alert!! He wasn't a gardener! I came away feeling enriched.

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 to write such a lovely review of the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens. Thank you.

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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 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.

Thank mmurphy1092016
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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 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!

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 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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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.

Thank webby394
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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.

Thank albert_moore522
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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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