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Recharge in the Bible Gardens

St. Benedict’s Priory, also known as The Bible Gardens, is situated behind St. Colman’s Cathedral, on “Top of the Hill”. If you’re still catching your breath from scaling West View, this is the ideal place the relax, enjoy a coffee and cake, and take in beautiful views of the harbour. With so much to do, a trip to Cobh can be hectic. This scenic sanctuary will help you wind down and embrace a moment of peace. Even the children will relax as they explore the many “secret gardens” the grounds play host to.

Memorial plaques and monuments dedicated to those who have passed away decorate the garden beautifully and add to the spiritual atmosphere and aura of the place. One of the most famous monuments in St. Benedict’s, The Leanbh Memorial, was erected as a memorial to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child.

The Priory building at The Mount was originally the Admiralty House and was in more recent times used as the Generalate and Novitiate of the Cloyne Sisters of Mercy.

St. Benedict’s Bible Garden covers about one and a half acres on the secluded ground in the Priory. Several of the Gardens mentioned in the Bible are recaptured in this Bible Garden: – the Garden of the Song; the Pool of Solomon; the Spring of Engeddi; the Garden of Gethsemane; the Garden of the Resurrection. The entire Bible Garden is laid out in the form of a Jerusalem Cross.

After your relaxing stroll, why not visit the tea rooms? Serving a delightful selection of cakes and sandwiches as well as a great selection of both hot and cold beverages., the friendly staff make for a fantastic atmosphere in a lovely setting. Enjoy a chat with a friend over tea and cakes or simply read a book with a coffee by yourself.

Looking to find St. Benedict’s? Simply walk up the hill from the Cathedral, turn right onto John O’Connell Street at The Quarry Cock Bar and follow the road straight up and you will see the gates of St. Benedict’s straight in front of you just before the road turns off left for Beechmount.

A must-see for anyone visiting Cobh!

For up-to-date opening times and information, visit Oasis Tea Rooms’ Facebook Page.

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