One of the many surprises this small town will deliver to you is a stained glass window by that most pre-raphaelite of the pre-raphaelites, Burne Jones. This treasured window is immediately on your left as you come through the cathedral's main entrance. It's composition is very simple but the jewelled colours are exquisite. The man with the sword...more
Lismore, like other Irish towns, has a number of attractive 19th century (and sometimes earlier) buildings. Some may be rather anonymous, others are shop frontages which have escaped the 'development' and 'improvement' that too many of their British counterparts have undergone. A photograph of The Square / Main Street from the early years of the...more
Lismore Castle is not open to the general public but it's worth a detour to see it anyway as its setting overlooking the Blackwater River is magnificent and the castle is obviously well kept as it's still home to the Duke of Devonshire. The castle has been the Duke of Devonshire's family home since 1753, the 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858), was...more
If you find yourself in Lismore and don't have the time or inclination to visit the Castle Gardens or Lismore Castle Art, then at the very least take the walk down to the castle gatehouse. This is directly en-route to the gardens and is only two minutes from the Millenium Park or Lady Louisa's Walk. This will give you at least a flavour of the...more
Sometimes in Lismore, it can be a little difficult to wrench yourself back into the present, so for my penultimate Thing-to Do I'd like to move back into the 21st century. The Millennium Park is brand new, opened in May 2002 by President McAleece. It's in the very heart of the town, just oppposite the Heritage centre, but with views on two sides of...more
Lismore's heritage centre is a good one and situated as it is, smack bang in the centre of town, it's impossible to miss. In fact this would be entirely the correct place to start off your visit to Lismore, if it's your first time. The centre has several galleries where you can see exhibits such as the ancient Book of Lismore or the Lismore...more
When you leave the cathedral, immediately to your right is Deanery Hill. Walk down this hill and at the end you will see signposts to 'Lady Louisa's Walk'. This walk, supposedly following in the footsteps of Lady Louisa, will bring you through picture pretty locations out onto the main road overlooked by the castle. The views here are stunning and...more
The Chancel is my favourite part of the cathedral interior. It is kept locked apart from services and maybe the fact that I've never actually been inside, increases the magic. Standing outside, peering through an ornately carved oak screen, what you see is truly magical. Inevitably, the large east window catches your eye first, flooding the...more
Yes, Lismore has a cathedral. Not the vast, imposing type, more the intimate and unbelievably pretty type. Come and see for yourselves. The first wonderful thing about Lismore Cathedral is the setting. Maybe you remember the country church in the movie '4 Weddings and a Funeral. Well every time I stroll up the cobbled path leading to Lismore...more
You can see by now that although the castle is not actually open to the public, the influence it wields in the town is enormous.Lismore Castle Arts is a relatively new development and the most significant aspect is the fact that it has opened up a previously derelict wing as its HQ. So now finally, in small but significant stages we are beginning...more
Lismore Castle Gardens are open to the public and getting in at the back door can sometimes be more enjoyable than the boring old entrance hall. I'm actually not terribly into gardens and I was pleasurably surprised by how much I enjoyed a Sunday afternoon amble here. The hum and drone of bees on a hot summer'sday was something I had not been...more
Lismore Castle is not open to the public. The best views are from the bridge over the Blackwater River and here you will frequently meet wedding parties availing of a scenic backdrop to their day.The castle can however be hired out as a venue for private parties, at suitably inflated prices. Over the years urban legends have proliferated about...more
Main Street, Lismore, Ireland
Good for: Business
This is a very special place. The food is out of this world. The restaurant is olde world with a modern twist, and the staff are very friendly and work very hard. we have come here three times and each time has been gastro paradise. this is a perfect place for a quiet dinner for two or within a large group.This restaurant really is a food lovers...more
Ambience was excellent, from the first step inside. Starters were excellent. Steak is to die for, from a craft butcher across the street, but the puddings.....the rhubarb crumble was one of the best desserts we have tried in ages, all of us tried it and wished we had more to share. Mu daughter said her steak was the best she ever had. It is not...more
We stopped by the tourist office to get a recommendation for lunch, they had menus for many of the local restaurants there. It was a bit early for lunch and several places weren't open until 12:30pm so we settled on Foley's. We were the 1st lunch patrons of the day, I think it was already 11:30 or maybe even noon. We found a nice spot on the...more
This is the only shop in Lismore that I shop regularly in, probably because I almost always visit on a Sunday. This is a large book/art supplies/stationary shop and a real treasure trove for booklovers et al.
What to buy: I always buy three secondhand paperbacks here, taking advantage of the 3 for 2 offer. This is a great place for picking up old Penguins and Virago, out-of-print titles and I have found some real treasures here. A speciality of the house is the section on local literature and travel writing and a large general travel books section as well. The proprietor is exceptionally pleasant and helpful - someone who is not intrusive but always up for a chat.
What to pay: You can spend as much as you like but if you only want to spend less than EUR15 youwill not come home emptyhanded.
The Mall was one of Lismore's most fashionable streets, perfect for the hoi and not-so -hoi-polloi to take a leisurelystroll on.
Today, although blighted by cars parked on both sides, The mall is still a lovely walk by any standards. The nicest thing about strollong here is the perfect introduction it gives you to the cathedral and then the turn downhill to all the rest that Lismore has to offer.
Lismore is set in the heart of the Blackwater Valley, an area of lush green fields and woodland where huge trees droop over the meandering Blackwater River. This type of domain is not dramatic or spectacular -no mountain peaks or rugged coastline. It could be described as the bread and butter of irish scenery but it's also typical of the heart and...more
The whole area around Lismore is Horse Heaven - as we just saw with Monty's pass, they breed 'em keen here. You will pass many stud farms on this route and even quite small houses, frequently have a pony or two or three cantering around in the nearby fields. If you are a horse lover then you will want to get out of the car and admire the animals...more
If you come to Lismore from Cork, you will turn off before Fermoy and from then on the little country roads will provide an ongoing panorama of sights to delight you. One of the finest of these is the little village of Conna, a truly charming village which seems set in a little time warp.But Conna is by no means your average sleepy little village...more
Lismore is a delight and a totally satisfying travel experience. As with most of usVTers, finding out what's just round the next corner is always an ongoing surprise. Lismore isnot a bigtown but it;s not that small either and wherever you decide to wander I guarantee you will find your very own delights.
Fondest memory: Coming out of the cathedral one day and, instead of turning right, turning left. This brought me on to Church Lane, previously uncharted territory and a discovery of one more pretty street in this seriously pretty town. The artisan cottages here are probably now selling for 6 figure sums, but they still retain that authentic period look.