We are so lucky that we have lots of friends and family who come to visit us from the US. The trouble with visitors is the tourist scene can get tedious to us locals. Sometimes though we find some amazing places that literally make the kids jump up and down when they hear we get to visit them again and again.
One of these special places is Glenview Gardens in Enniskeane, West Cork.
Glenview Gardens is a charming 3 acre garden that is home to 10 unique gardens, a woodland fairy walk and Ireland’s very own Hobbit House.
Located outside Enniskeane, Co Cork, the gardens are a fair bit from the main road but well worth the detour through this scenic part of Cork. While there is ample parking for cars and coaches the place is so popular many often end up parking on the road. As you approach the gardens you come to find out that you’re actually visiting someone’s home and it adds to the charm of it all. You ring the front bell to gain access to the gardens.
At €5 per adult & €3 per child its money well spent for an afternoon getting lost in the unique gardens.
I’m not going to lie- ThisIrishDad and I bit off more than we can chew when we bought a house and almost and acre of overgrown garden. But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying a well planned and well cared for garden- especially on a fine day with a packed picnic!
Glenview doesn’t disapoint. Despite a jam packed car park there is enough space to amble around the gardens and it doesn’t seem over crowded. The kids love playing hide and seek and getting lost on each other in each garden.
Small children will love to sit and have a cup of tea with the teddy bear’s at their picnic table. Those who love hunting for fairies will run with delight in search of fairy doors walking the woodland fairy trail. Even the biggest kids will enjoy visiting Cork’s only Hobbit House.
Throughout the gardens there are plenty of picnic areas and even a self serve tea room. While it is easy to loose little ones among the plants and trees the gardens are secure, safe and wheelchair accessible.
Glenview Gardens is a local treasure not to be missed by locals or visitors. Pack a picnic and spend a few hours getting lost in the charm of Glenview Gardens.
Desert, Enniskeane, Co Cork
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