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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
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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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
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 town and one that does not relate to the beach or water sports! The story behind the garden is fascinating and the tour is worth the time as you learn how the gardens came into being and about the very interesting life of Lofcadio Hearn. Each segment of the garden tells a portion of his story, ie his roots in Tramore, his time in America, and his notoriety in Japan. We would love to go back in the spring or summer and see the gardens again. An added bonus was a special evening Halloween presentation of Japanese ghost stories. The garden had pumpkin jack-o-lanterns and lights everywhere and each story was narrated and acted out by local students. Our kids loved running around the gardens in the "spooky dark", though some of the tiny children were a little scared. I read recently that they had a light ceremony for Christmas with a local choir etc and that the gardens are illuminated through Christmas. They seem to think up something seasonal in addition to the daily tours, etc.

Well worth the time, and you get to see a bit of Tramore House as the Japanese Garden is set in what used to be the gardens of the house. Bridge, a small stream, and a lovely, lovely setting overlooking the beach and bay.

Thank martha6262014
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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 this, lights will be switched on again 4.30pm - 7.00pm on St Stephen's Night and run every evening through to New Year's Eve, we will have a choir and even there at 4pm. Thank you again.

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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 you need the weather.

Thank j0sephm146
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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 missed.....

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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 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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