Lios Aird (Gaelic meaning high fort) is located on the original site of a ring fort and souterrain with a commanding outlook over the surrounding countryside. The 150 acres of gardens, ponds and forest offer an experience that has been described as one of space, perception and peacefulness.

With acres upon of acres of gardens and trails, the woodland walks with their specially designed pathways offer guests a truly contemplative experience with enchanting vistas around every corner. Liss Ard has been planned to reveal a collection of 'garden rooms': the lakeside walk, the waterfall garden, the woodland garden, the water garden and arboretum and the wildflower meadow.

And one of the greatest surprises is the living art featured in the Irish Sky Garden: the giant earth and stone works, The Crater, by famed artist James Turrell, with its contemplative 'Vault Purchase' or plinth at its centre. As a landscape feature The Crater has encouraged many landscape architects to make their pilgrimage to Liss Ard over the years, but it is also an enlightening experience for the solitary surveyor, lying on their back on the 'Vault Purchase', gazing up through the Craters 'bowl' at the sky.


Liss Ard Estate Gardens

Opening daily throughout the year until 11pm.

Access to the Estate Garden is free, however there is a donations box available to assist with the upkeep and to help continue to make the gardens open to the public.

Access to the Crater is charged at €5 per person as part of a guided tour.

Please note occasionally the Estate and Gardens may be closed as part of an exclusive private guest letting.


The James Turrell Irish Sky Garden Crater

Opening daily throughout the year until 11pm.

Guided tours cost €5 per person, booking is advisable.

To book a guided tour or make an inquiry call 353 28 40 000.

The limited edition 'Coffee Table Book' Irish Sky Garden by James Turrell is available for sale at the Country House Estate Office.


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