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Garnish Island

#1 of 15 things to do in Glengarriff Features Animals
| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The boat trip is lovely and the views of the harbour are beautiful Garinish Island has lovely Mediterranean gardens which are great for a relaxing stroll. There are tea rooms on the island serving light refreshments

Thank itchyfeet101
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Great day out, from start to finish. The boat ride, seal watching, fab gardens and a snack from the island restaurant. Happy days!

Thank Fergal1972
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

There are a couple of ferries service the island. Mine is every 30min and the journey is 15min. Cost £12. And the entrance fee is £4. The garden is well maintained and have many sections to Explorer. Manageable size. There is a cafe but it...More

Thank Holiday99
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Garnish island is a great place to visit with its gardens and towers . The only draw back is after being charged €30 for a 10/15 mins trip on a boat with at least 20 other people we were again charged by the OPW to...More

Thank 8ailey123
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This island is a short ferry trip from Bantry and is well worth a visit allowing a couple of hours to explore the House and island

Thank matthews8472016
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit for a family with kids. So much to explore and visit. My wife fell in love with the walled garden, while the kids loved the exploring which is almost endless. The Italian garden blew me away. I could have sat in...More

Thank richy h
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We visited this island approximately six years ago, and it was one of the highlights of our holiday -- a beautiful mix of various plants, trees and artitecture. We (myself and family) revisited Glengarriff in July 2016, but we didn't have time to go over...More

Thank Roger L
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit and I've been back many times. Lovely trip on the boat with chatty boatman. Saw the seal colony and then onto the island. Rhododendron were out of season in July but everything else in full bloom. Finished off with homemade...More

Thank gabbymcg2015
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The garden on Garnish Island is deservedly famous for over half a century. This year's visitors have the added opportunity to visit the house built for the gardener. But the Brice family who had commissioned the construction of the exotic gardens, ended up living in...More

Thank Dublin-4Pat
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Cannot recommend this island more - went there with 4 kids under 12 years of age, had not heard of it till I went there and it is stunning. Ferry companies bring you around Seal Island also which is great for the kids. Flawless location,...More

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Hello! How long is the ferry ride from Glengarriff Pier to Garnish Island?
6 March 2017|
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Response from garnishisland | Property representative |
Hi, the boat trip takes about 15 minutes to get to the Island
Someone told me there was free entrance on tuesdays, is this true?
5 August 2016|
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Response from Deb M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know as we were there during the week and it wasn't Tuesday. All my research I did beforehand did not have any specials or discounts listed on it
Hi - do you accept dogs on the isalnd (and the same for the ferry operators)?
17 April 2016|
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Response from Cearnley | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for the delay in replying. As the previous contributor has confirmed, dogs are allowed on the island and on the boats to the island, but must be on a leash. Enjoy your trip!