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Dublin City Parks & Nature Spots

By Visit Dublin

8th January 2019

Explore four of the lushest green havens in the city. Though Dublin is vibrant and bustling, there are plenty of hidden parks and waterways dotted around the city. Amongst the many things to do in Dublin, here are four places perfect for chilling out...

Group of wild deer at Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

One of Europe’s largest enclosed city spaces, the Phoenix Park is a leafy oasis on the edge of the Dublin city-centre. Home to Dublin Zoo, Farmleigh House and herds of beautiful wild deer, this expansive green getaway is well worth a visit.
People travelling on barge on Grand Canal

Grand & Royal Canals

These two man-made canals encircle Dublin’s inner city, and are perfect for a scenic stroll. Along the Grand Canal, which runs along the southside of the city, you’ll find ducks, swans and of course, a statue of Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh, who wrote in his famous poem ‘Lines Written On A Seat On The Grand Canal’; ‘Commemorate me where there is water, canal water preferably…’. There are also some charming boats along the canal which serve up tasty food and drink as they gently cruise downstream. A stroll out by the northside’s Royal Canal meanwhile will bring you to iconic stadium Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The museum inside runs regular tours which detail the stadium’s rich history.
Fountain in Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens & St. Stephen’s Green

These two charming parks are just a short stroll away from the city-centre. The Iveagh Gardens – Dublin’s hidden treasure – were lovingly restored by Benjamin Guinness (grandson of Arthur) in 1860, while St. Stephen’s Green was opened to the public in 1880. St. Stephen’s Green is the perfect place to take a break from the city's hustle and bustle before hitting the shops on nearby Grafton Street.
Couple admiring view from Three Rock in Dublin Mountains

Dublin Mountains

It’s a little further afield, but we couldn’t leave out the stunning range of mountains that lie less than an hour from the city-centre. We recommend you check out the many biking trails that offer amazing views of the city. Or, if you’re after a more relaxing activity, why not visit the famous Johnnie Fox’s pub that’s nestled in Glencullen, at the top of the mountains. A bus runs from the city-centre for just €5 each way, and you can enjoy an authentic traditional live music session while you’re there.

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