First post of my This Is Ireland series, I started in Waterford and i didn’t get that much done because i literally only decided to go that morning and didnt have it planned at all and i just wanted to jump straight into it so i will be re-doing Waterford and spending more time planning and doing things.
Where I did go;
– Tramore Beach.
– Latcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.
– Waterford City.
LATCADIO HEARN JAPANSESE GARDENS
These Japanese Gardens have a unique story behind them, they reflect elements of gardening traditions of the countries and cultures traversed by Lafcadio Hearn during his varied life. (Patrick) Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was a gifted writer and first became famous when he moved to Japan and also changed his name to Koizumi Yokumo, the gardens follow his journey from Greece to Ireland then to America and the gardens reflects this in design, choice of plants and particularly in visage of rocks. ” In order to comprehend the beauty of a japanese garden, it is necessary to understand – or at least to learn to understand the beauty of stones” – Hearn. The idea for the gardens came about in 2012 when his great-grandson visited T for the summer, and it was opened in 2015. Each garden has a story behind it about a period of his life, starting with The Victorian Garden which represents his childhood summers in Tramore, which he loved so much.
- Victorian Garden
- Transition Garden
- The American Journey
- The Greek Garden
- Arrival in Japan
- The Stream Garden
- The Garden Of Peace & Harmony
- The Living God
- Journey’s End
along with 10 gardens there is two little games for kids, with finding different fairy doors all around the gardens and another with another sheet of different things to find around the gardens.
opening hours: 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
prices: adult – €5, child (under 12) – FREE.
guided tour (45min) €7.50 per person (4 adults max)
School Tours (all ages) €3.00 per child.
you can also get passes and become an annual friend all the information is on their website: lafcadiohearngardens.com
As soon as we finished in the Japanese gardens we headed to the beach, we didn’t do much just a walk along the beach, some arcade games, little bit in the fun fair and then some food.
For those of you who don’t know about Tramore it is located in Waterford City, Ireland which I think is about 20/30 minutes from the city, you can also get public transport to and from the beach. It has a lovely big beach, a fun fair, one or two shops, food places and a donut bar, along with two arcades. It is also literally every irish family’s tradition every year in the summer when you go to Tramore you get a take away in Dooley’s which is without a doubt the most amazing place ever!!!
Waterford is about two hours from Dublin and you can get bus or train to and from Waterford. We just went for a bit of shopping in the City and also were going to go to the Waterford Castle but it was closed for a private event so we couldn’t. Two little facts about Waterford, it is one of Ireland’s oldest towns, founded by the Vikings they called it weather fjord.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN WATERFORD
- Waterford Museum Of Treasures
- Reginald’s Tower
- Waterford Castle
- Waterford Viking Triangle
- House Of Waterford Crystal
- Cathedral Of Most Holy Trinity
- Greyfriars Municipal Gallery
- Ballyback Castle
- Geneva Barracks
I will be going back to do more at some point but any questions let me know! that’s it for Waterford… Kildare is next!
thank you for reading,