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Kells Bay House & Gardens

Spectacular views and sub-tropical plants on the Irish coast.

  • 4.5

  • from 1080 Google reviews

A tree in a forest
A tree in a forest

About the garden

Want to explore a garden with the trickling of a mountain stream in your ear, the breeze tussling your hair and the sea lapping in the distance? Of course, you do. Set on the edge of the northern slopes of the Iveragh Peninsula, Kells Bay House and Gardens deliver all this and more throughout its six spectacular gardens.

With its vigorous sub-tropical planting, terrific mountain views and resident dinosaurs, it’s easy to see why Kells Bay House and Gardens is one of Ireland’s most coveted settings – particularly among families with young children. A rope bridge (Ireland’s longest) carries visitors into another world, where prehistoric giants carved out of wood sit among giant ferns. Elsewhere you’ll find an enchanting bamboo glade, babbling brook and a palm and succulent-studded garden.

After working up an appetite wandering, swimming, horse riding or fishing, intrepid explorers usually don’t need any persuasion when it comes to the onsite Thai restaurant.

Opening times

Daylight hours from 09:30 to 19:00 every day Summer: Open until 21:00 November / December: 9:30AM to 4:30PM Closed 23-25th December

Useful details

Garden area

40 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs off leads under close supervision.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a plant shop.

Co. Kerry

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Kells Bay House & Gardens
Co. Kerry
Sat Nav Postcode
V23E P48
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 1080 Google reviews

Evangeline

5 months ago

3

At the price of €345 for three nights for two people without breakfast, I simply expected more from this accommodation. We had a big enough room for two people, this was also superficially clean. Unfortunately it felt a bit damp and uncomfortable. Other accommodations on our trip were just a lot brighter and friendlier. However, we liked the location, there is a small path directly to the beach and it was only filled with a few locals.The view of the mountains was beautiful as was the view of the bay from the beach. The staff, which we experienced at check-in, for example, was always friendly. We strolled through the whole garden, which was nice, but unfortunately it was a bit dirty in some corners. We noticed this disorder in a few places on the property, for example on the way to our room or in the garden itself. Of course it can't always be tidy with many visitors, but you should probably not unload house garbage where guests walk (see pictures). We tried to make the most of the three days at the property but would not revisit or recommend. Surely you can stay nicer in the area for less money. A visit to the garden is certainly recommended.

R• D•

4 months ago

5

Highly recommend the experience here. We stayed here for 3 nights. Had 3 dinners at the restaurant, 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts. Our favorite spot in Ireland. Walked the gardens on the first day and the third day again, so serene and rare tree fern forest with magical waterfall, exciting rope bridge, and beautiful stream scapes. A perfect access point to the ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula.

Linda Ryan

5 months ago

1

I was very disappointed by the gardens and service. The gardens are unloved, and over grown. On the waterfall trail, it was blocked by a fallen tree ,that was there a while, my parents in their 70s climbed over it. The bug walkway was over grown ,.with nettles and ferns over the path, so go stung. The waterfall was stunning. The walled garden paths were also blocked by a fallen tree, again it was there a while. There animal carving in the wood are fun, some are new , more are rotten, there is a great rope bridge to cross. The paths were littered. Tissues and plastic cups. There were large storage bags , the 1ton bags buried in the soil and there were three of these. No proper gardener would allow this. The gardens could be fantastic, the are views stunning. The variety of plants are fantastic. The staff were very poor. Our first time to the gardens , 4 people. There is no senior price, I found this inappropriate. We we asked if one map would do 4 people? We were not shown where to enter the garden. We were not shown where the restrooms were. We were not given.any information. Our money was taken and given one map, and that was it. We were not encouraged to dine in the cafe, or restaurant , we were not informed what the menu was, drinks or icecream. I've seen hundreds of gardens , and it breaks my heart on how neglected it was.

Amy Phillips

5 months ago

3

The food was pretty tasty but as we were a bigger group the service was kind of chaotic. It was clear the main server was trying her best and was very friendly but the younger staff were all over the place. They didn’t give us menus and we had to read an email menu from one of our phones then write down our own order for them on a paper? Feels like for the price there should have been better service provided. Only visited the restaurant but the gardens looked very beautiful on our drive in.

Amanda Lane

a month ago

5

Great room with beautiful views. Staff was very friendly! And the Gardens are awesome- highly recommend! My kids absolutely loved the dinosaur statues, hide and seek forest, and Sky Robe Bridge in the gardens.

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+353 (0)66 947 7975

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