Lismore Castle Gardens

Lismore Castle has been the Irish home of the family of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire since 1753. Lord and Lady Burlington, the Duke and Duchess’ son and daughter-in-law, currently lead the Devonshire Family’s interest in the Estate. The Castle is situated above the River Blackwater in the Heritage town of Lismore, County Waterford. The garden has been an inspiration to writers and artists for centuries and it is said to be the oldest continually cultivated garden in Ireland.

Lismore’s rich and varied history is reflected in its gardens, which are enjoyed by our garden visitors every year. Surrounded by ancient defensive walls and turrets, the garden covers approximately ten acres, incorporating:

  • Formal parterres, horticultural beds, orchards, fruit cages, lawns, wild meadows and mature trees
  • A spring garden featuring camellias, rhododendrons, and magnolias
  • A kitchen garden that provides vegetables, soft fruit and cut flowers for the Castle year-round
  • A recently restored original Paxton Vinery
  • Polytunnels for plant propagation and plant production for sale to visitors
  • Proximity to Ireland’s Southern coast ensures a comparatively mild climate in winter and superb growing conditions