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Lisselan Gardens


Charming riverside garden in the Robinsonian manner.

West Cork
Co Cork
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Tel: +353 23 33249

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Lisselan Gardens

Opening Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Opening Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Opening Hours: Open 8am - close 5pm Nov-Feb; 6pm Mar/Apr/Oct; 8 pm May/Sept; 9pm Jun/Jul/Aug
Admission Charge: €6 Children Under 12 years FREE
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

To have a river running through a garden is a great blessing and Lisselan is a lovely case in point. The 30 acre garden is laid out on the banks of the River Adrigadeen, which provides gorgeous vitas along its sparkling expanse, to a wisteria covered bridge here and an island with a water lily pond there.

Riverside walks to sooth the senses march beside the burbling water. The river is also responsible for the appealing topography, which suits the Robinsonian style of the garden, laid out for the Bence-Jones family around a house in French Chateau style by architect Lewis Vulliamy.

Reginald Bence-Jones caused the river to be widened to make a lake, and he and his wife were largely responsible for the garden on both sides of the river and also for the terrace below the house. Beneath it the steep sides of the valley provide a wonderful excuse for a rockery full of ferns, primula, cyclamen and dianthus.

Flagstone walks wind around the sides of the valley to different features, through the azalea garden and rose pergola, and through a stroll known as the Ladies’ Mile lined with colourful shrubs, great banks of rhododendrons, Japanese maples, myrtles, Judas trees and robinia.

Best time of year to visit: May, June, July, August, September

Gardens Strengths

30 species of Fuchsia can be seen at Lisselan Gardens

Rare Plants worth mentioning

Pinus radiata of 7.65m girth 33.5m high. Irish Girth Champion August 2000, Nyssa sylvatica

Groups & Tours

  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

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Tour Days:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Tour Times

Guided Tours available FOR GROUPS 20+ ONLY



West Cork Garden Trail


Heritage Week during August 24th - 1st September, Lisselan Garden, takes part with a Guided tour


Carnival Day takes place either July or August dates to be confirmed.

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Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
Lisselan Gardens - Clonakilty County Cork
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Take the N71 from Cork. On arriving at Bandon, take the relief road for Clonakilty. 10 miles beyond Bandon you will pass a village named Ballinascarthy. Lisselan office is situated one mile beyond this village. Located just 50 metres off the N71 on the left hand side of the road, (Cork side).

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