Garinish Island, Glengarriff

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A short ferry ride away in the harbor of Glengarrif in Bantry Bay, Garinish Island is a lush island filled with stunning gardens and rare plants from around the world. Harold Peto designed the now-famous gardens in the 19th century for the island's owners, Annan and Violet Bryce. Since it was given to the state in 1953, this island has become a popular tourist site because of its beautiful walkways. Stroll through the property, which covers 15 hectares (37 acres), and view the world-renowned gardens with plants that are only able to grow in this area's mild microclimate. Visit historic structures on the island, including a Grecian temple, Martello Tower, and Italian casita. Using our custom trip planner, Glengarriff attractions like Garinish Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was looking forward to re visiting Garinish and the marvelous gardens of this calm and peaceful place The journey over was perfect and the arrival at the island gives you a sense of what is to come....  more »
  • If you like gardens/plants etc It is a great place to spend a couple of hours. We were looking forward within an hour, was smaller than I thought.
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  • What a treat to see seals on our boat trip to the island. Really enjoyed walking around the gardens - definitely not to be missed when in Glengarriff
  • Stunning!! Well worth the boat trip out (we saw some seals on the way). The gardens are really beautiful, you feel like you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean. It’s well tended and loved and very magical. Make sure to visit the house for one of the tours to hear about the family, and residents - very informative and well delivered by a professional guide.
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