This unique exotic garden is one of the most attractive and interesting places to see in Glengarriff. With the mild climate in the area, 30 different species of bamboo, along with tree-ferns, palms and hydrangeas, fuchias, cosmos and 15 different species of eucalyptus thrive in the gardens. Amidst all of this you will find many romantic paths and breathtaking coastal views, a little oasis in the heart of West Cork.
You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with delicious homemade cakes on the sunny terrace or buy a souvenir in the shop. Plants are also for sale, including bamboos, palms, tree-ferns. Visitors have access to private beach with marvellous views to Garnish Island. If you’re lucky you might see one of the local inhabitants of the bay: one or even more seals. For romantic picnics you find many gazebos.
The Bamboo Park was created in 1999 by Serge de Thibault and his wife Claudine, inspired by the Bambouseraie in Anduze, near Alès in the South of France, the largest bamboo park in Europe. Wheras that park has only bamboos, the Park in Glengarriff has quite a magnificent range of palm trees and tree ferns to show. The actual Bamboo Park in Glengarriff is much older, its history began with the Old Garden dating back to the early 1900s, now open to the public and adjacent to the Bamboo Park.
The Park is easy to find – You can not miss the entrance, a huge japanese style-gate on the main road, the N71 coastal road from Bantry to Kenmare in Glengarriff.
- Coming from Kenmare the entrance is on your right 200m after passing the beautiful Glengarriff Harbour and The Eccles Hotel.
- Coming from the Bantry side it will be on your left just before you get to The Eccles Hotel.
The park is open all year from 9am to 7pm, with wheelchair access to toilets, a free car and minicoach parking on site … and yes, dogs are welcome!