Derreen Gardens, Kenmare

Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Derreen Garden lies on a promontory in Kilmakilloge Harbour on the Beara Peninsula, in Tuosist parish, near Kenmare in County Kerry (Republic of Ireland). The 4th Marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866) initiated the planting of the garden in 1863, but it was his son and heir, The 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845–1927), who in his time served as Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India, and British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who from 1870 onwards gave the garden its present shape. Today it covers more than 60 acres and includes nearly 12 km of paths.
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  • Great walks, could easily while away some hours and the cafe is really good. Had a coffee and cake post walk - in the September sun - and would gladly return  more »
  • Beautiful gardens, lovely for a walk and a nice cup of coffee from the cafe. Parking is good and very easy to find.  more »
  • Beautiful setting for a peaceful walk through beautIful gardens and by sea The cafe cakes are something extra special and sitting out in the sunshine made it a very lovely few hours here  more »
  • More managed sub tropical woodland than ‘garden’. Some beautiful specimen plants and trees. Lots of rhododendron and camellia, can only imagine how lovely it is in the spring time when they are in bloom. Very much enjoyed walking around the various paths and trails
  • Great place to visit, lots of unique trees from all over the world. Not real sunny, but still beautiful. Ate lunch too, very delicious. Staff very friendly.
  • Has lost its appeal over the last 15 years. Island is now shut off, only for private use. Water lily pond looks more like a swamp. Most of the fauna looks dead. Didn’t live up to our expectations.
  • Beautiful grounds! Our 2 year old loved finding all the dairy doors. Great walks for the whole family. Bring cash to get in and got a nice cuppa and cake!
  • Such a beautiful place to walk. Stunning views.

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