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.