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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  • What a lovely place! I took a party of 27 here and without doubt, everyone enjoyed it. The gardens are lovely to walk around (some difficulty for my wheelchair user, but still worth it.) Some... 
    What a lovely place! I took a party of 27 here and without doubt, everyone enjoyed it. The gardens are lovely to walk around (some difficulty for my wheelchair user, but still worth it.) Some...  more »
  • We found the trip relaxing from start to finish. The boat trip on the Harbour Queen was laid back with friendly crew and very well spaced following all covid restrictions. When a seal family got on... 
    We found the trip relaxing from start to finish. The boat trip on the Harbour Queen was laid back with friendly crew and very well spaced following all covid restrictions. When a seal family got on...  more »
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  • Heaven looks like this beautiful Island
  • Enjoyed the boat trip, the seals in the harbour. And the beautiful gardens. A lovely day out

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