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“Lovely quiet place”
Review of Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Abbeyleix
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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

Been here with my two year old. Loads of space to run around, a maze to get lost in, flowers to be amazed by and if you wanted, a long nature walk to do by the lake.

Thank Roisin H
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Reviewed May 18, 2017

On pleasant summer's day, we walked through Heywood Gardens. It had been a long time since I had last visited but my husband and children had not been before.

My husband and I both commented that it reminded us of the gardens on Garinish island - Ilnacullin, located in Glengarriff Harbour. The similarity is not surprising because both are in the Italian style. Indeed some people refer to the gardens here as 'The Italian Gardens,'

These gardens were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and in fact, they are are the only example of Lutyens' work outside of Dublin. The beautiful gardens comprise formal gardens, lakes and woodland as well as some architectural features.

Other examples of Lutyens work include the War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, the well-known Cenotaph in London and the Viceroy's house in Delhi.

There used to be an imposing house, sitting above this wonderful garden. It was built by Michael Frederick Trench in the 18th Century, with (it is said) advice from his buddy, the famous architect, James Gandon.

Other famous people visited here too including the Empress Elizabeth of Austria while she was in Ireland for the hunt during 1879 and 1880.

Through marriage, the estate passed into the Poe family but then was subsequently sold in the early 1940s to the Salesian Brothers.

Sadly a few years later, the historic building was destroyed by fire. The Salesians built a replacement building for their secondary school and there is still a school here - now a community school.

4  Thank Judith38Cork_Ireland
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Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

These Lutyens gardens are absolutely beautiful and well preserved. Unfortunately the house and rest of the estate was destroyed by fire or torn down, meaning the gardens are without context. Now situated adjacent to a very grim secondary school, but don't let that put you off! They're still a tranquil and beautifully designed spot for a stroll. Terribly signposted though, so make sure you've got your Sat Nav or Google Maps at the ready!

Thank Elizabeth F
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Reviewed April 5, 2017

this morning while walking in the gardens and trail around, i had our dog on a leash, we met 2 dogs , one jack russell and another whippet on the loose, they came to attack our dog of which i had to ward them off with a stick, can people please put their dogs on a leash for everyones safety and comfort as a lot of runners and walkers have been put off by loose dogs, also a sign at the grotto end might be a big help

2  Thank IrelandHerbie
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Reviewed March 28, 2017

Didnt get time to do the walk but it looked a lovely place to spend and hour or two We had brilliant sunshine but over in the corner a huge pile of snow lay, which was there from a few days before.

Thank Kay D
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