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Friday, 31 May 2013

Dublin in a Week, Part 3: The Japanese Gardens (Not actually Dublin at all)

The third part of my home-tourism week looks at the Japanese Gardens in Kildare, which is obviously not in Dublin but is only a 45 minute drive from my house, so I'm cheating slightly. We'll all get over it, I'm sure. The gardens were created between 1906 and 1910 and are designed to symbolise the "life of man". God forbid that women, the givers of life, should have a garden dedicated to their existence, but whatever. Ahem.
Anyways, the gardens portray the paths of birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death (fun times on that particular path) and the afterlife with an exploration of Eastern and Western traditions. You can also check out the stud farm, where race horses are conceived, born and raised.

Famous Bridge, Waterfall and statue of St Fiachra (the patron St of gardeners), having the craic on his lake.
Beautiful flowers everywhere, dotey little Japanese House.
The "Marriage Bridge", Being soppy on said bridge
St Fiachras gaff, outside and inside
Lots of open green spaces
And this is Margo, possibly the cutest foal of all time.

If you're interested in visiting the Japanese Gardens yourself, it's open all year round, admission prices range from 7 euro to 29.50 (family ticket) and tours are available.


  1. Beautiful photos Chloe :-) Margo is especially cute!

    Check out my blog today if you can - I've mentioned you as one of my favourite Irish Blogs :-) I hope you like it!

    1. Oh thank you, I'll go check it out now! That's so lovely of you! :) xx

  2. All these photos make me want to hop in the car and get down to the Japanese gardens asap! So beautiful looking, not sure my hay fever would agree though haha:D

    1. No probably not, it is hay fever tastic down there alright! Lovely though! I'd love to go back in Autumn to see what it's like at that time of year too :) xx