Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Drishane House & Gardens


Magical paths thread through 18 acres of informal woodlands and gardens with spectacular West Cork coastal views. Huge swathes of bluebells and daffodils are seen in the Spring, and there are many specimen trees including Liriodendron (the tulip tree), Ginko and a massive Cupressus macrocarpa. Unusual plants including the rare and delicate Woodwardia fern can be seen near the house. Much of the garden was lovingly tended by Edith Somerville, of Somerville and Ross, who lived in the beautiful slate fronted, 18th century family house almost her entire life. Romantic and enchanting.

  • Name:Drishane House & Gardens
  • Address:Castletownsend Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • Phone:(028) 36126
  • Website:
  • Contact: Jane & Tom Somerville
  • Opening Times:Open daily between 11 am and 3 p.m. May 3rd- 19th, August 17th-25th, September 17th -30th, October 1st -20th. Admission: House, garden & museum €10.00 pp. Senior citizens: Garden and museum €6.00 pp. Under 6 years free.
  • Memberships:WCGT/ IHHA
  • Wheelchair Access:Partial