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Derreen Gardens

Lauragh | 1.6km off R571, Kenmare Co Kerry, Ireland
+353 64 668 3588
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Derreen is a woodland garden that has a selection of narrow paths leading to the sea. You can choose a short stroll of about 40 minutes or take all day discovering the 8 miles of paths. Many of the plants were brought back from the Himalayas by the Victorian plant hunters. There is a cafe selling lunch or a selection of delicious hand made cakes during the summer months.
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“tree ferns” (6 reviews)
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Lauragh | 1.6km off R571, Kenmare Co Kerry, Ireland
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"fairy houses"
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"tree ferns"
in 6 reviews
"extensive gardens"
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"old trees"
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"woodland setting"
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"big trees"
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"spring and summer"
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"waters edge"
in 2 reviews
"nice cup of tea"
in 2 reviews
"few hours"
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"worth a visit"
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"rhododendrons"
in 16 reviews
"walks"
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"plants"
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"deer"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best 'natural' gardens to visit. Tree ferns are plentiful, old and long established trees and plants, beautiful shoreline location. Great.

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit. Come again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Derreen Gardens is a magical place. Many of the shrubs and trees were planted 150years ago, and the mild Irish climate has enabled them to grow to unbelievable proportions. Go in May or early June to be knocked out by the rhododendrons and azaleas. Since...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to both the garden and the tea room. Yes a lot of hard work has gone on recently and we are flattered that you noticed. Come again soon. Claire

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great day out , with lovely gardens , taking in as many walks as you can , keep an eye out for the fairy houses tucked away , also the heron birds by the water side , we finished off with a nice cup of...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Derreen Garden is located in a beautiful spot near Lauragh. The coffee shop is simple but provides superb food. The gardens themselves are pleasant to walk with many benches to rest on, that is if you need them in the relative small garden where a...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Thank you for visiting and I am glad you enjoyed the food in the cafe. We have over 8 miles of paths that are open to visitors and only the relatively short sections that take you to the house are closed. We also have a...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

This is not just ANY garden, this is a Kerry garden. That means that you don't need to expect rows of neatly planted orange and yellow bedding plants, carefully manicured paths and neatly mown lawns. In fact, if that is what you like, there is...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself and found the magic of Derreen. Thank you for your kind words and come again soon

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

This garden is more a collection of trees, shrubs and ferns in a woodland setting than a traditional garden. It is almost surrounded by bogs and there is a lovely river running alongside it. The paths were quite wet and slippery the day we were...More

Thank Beth D
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

You are right the map is in the process of being redrawn to take into account recent changes and the odd error. Thank you for coming and come again soon.

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

Beautiful gardens. I paid 7 Euros for entrance (in a trust box), picked up a map for a quiet walk. The gardens are lush and gorgeous -- eventually stopped taking pictures because there was so much to see. Definitely stop and walk through these gardens...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit and got the essence of Derreen. Do come again soon. Claire

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Having recently come from Glengarriff Bamboo Park we were really disappointed by the expensive entry fee into the park. Compare €10 for three to €16.50 - for a walk. But it is a nice place for a walk and it is great to be able...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and I'm sorry you found it expensive. As I am sure you can appreciate the upkeep on a garden that size is quite substantial. It is gorgeous on a sunny day, please come back again soon and I hope...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We came on a dreary but warm November day so there was little in bloom to judge it as a Garden but the trees are magnificent- many varieties totally new to me. There are 60 acres in which to roam with beautiful views across the...More

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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit. I’m sorry you found it expensive. As I’m sure you imagine the upkeep is fairly extensive. We have quite a few rare plants which I’m glad you appreciated. Come again.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

The garden has some great views and lovely walks. It's quite sheltered so it's a runner even if the weather's a bit inclement.

Thank Robin C
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

I’m glad you had a nice walk despite the storms which just seem to keep coming at the moment.

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