Lismore Castle Arts and Gardens

The historic gardens at Lismore Castle are divided into two very different halves. The Upper Garden is a complete example of the 17th century walled garden first constructed here by Richard Boyle, the 1st Earl of Cork, in about 1605. The outer walls and terraces remain and the plantings have changed to match the tastes of those living within the Castle.

The Lower Garden was mostly made in the 19th century for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, Joseph Paxton's patron. This garden is informal with shrubs, trees and lawns. The stately Yew Avenue is where Edmund Spencer is said to have written the Faerie Queen. This avenue is much older than the garden itself, probably 17th century.

Since 1999, several pieces of contemporary sculpture have been installed in the gardens including one by Anthony Gormley, best known for Angel of the North which overlooks the motorway at Gateshead in the north of England.

Visitors can also visit the contemporary art gallery, Lismore Castle Arts, as part of their admission, which features exhibitions by some of the world’s leading artists.

Please note - the Castle itself remains a private home and is not open to visitors.



Lismore Castle,


Co Waterford

Telephone: +353 58 54061/54644



11.30am – 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm)

First day of season will be 31st March 2012

Weekends only in April (except Easter, open Friday-Monday inclusive)

Open Tues-Sun 1st May – 30th Sep (closed on Monday, except Bank Holidays)

Click here to see a map showing Lismore Castle.

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