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Dublin’s Super Parks, Great and Small

By Visit Dublin

24th April 2021

Dublin has an abundance of marvellous parks, long part of the fabric of the city and county. Each one is just waiting to be explored — be it with a picnic, a trip to the playground or a slow-paced wander through a rose garden.

You're spoiled for choice in Dublin when it comes to gorgeous green spaces. Here’s a selection to put a spring in your step...

View of trees, sky and pond at Furry Glen in Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

One of the greatest city parks in the world, covering 1,752 acres Phoenix Park is also a treasure trove of secrets. Did you know that land speed records were once set here and Winston Churchill lived in the park as a boy? Today you can cycle, run or Segway through its acreage, stopping off to take a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin, or enjoying a panoramic view of the city from Military Road (just beside the Magazine Fort). Talk to the animals at Dublin Zoo, drop by the two kids’ playgrounds or sprawl out of the lush grass for an al fresco feast.

Roses in bloom surrounding monuments in the National War Memorial Park

Irish National War Memorial Gardens

One of Dublin’s hidden gems, once you visit you’ll be bound to return to the National War Memorial Gardens, especially when the roses in the sunken garden are in full bloom. This stunningly designed location on the south bank of the Liffey commemorates Irish soldiers who died in battle. It’s beautifully maintained and a blaze of colour for much of the year. The park’s riverside setting offers the perfect opportunity to watch rowing clubs go through their paces. Whizz along the cycle pathway to quaint Chapelizod village after you've explored the park.

Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Sometimes called ‘Dublin’s secret park’ and located close to Stephen’s Green, Iveagh Gardens is the perfect sanctuary, away from the bustle of the city. On sunny days, it’s an ideal spot for a picnic and you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, thanks to the number of cafés and sandwich bars around the food mecca of Camden Street (just a five-minute walk away). A handful of concerts take place in this unique setting during the summer – catch one if you can.

Herbert Park

A classic family-friendly park, Herbert Park has a great kids’ playground, an all-weather pitch for children’s football and the refurbished tennis courts can be rented by the hour. There are ducks to feed in the original pond, built for the 1907 World Fair (held at the park). The pond was the ‘landing point’ for a massive water chute, a funfair ride that was beloved by Edwardian Dubliners. There are some great dining options a few minutes away in both Ballsbridge and Donnybrook.

St Annes Park Raheny

St Anne's Park

In addition to wonderful woodlands, serene water features and excellent recreational facilities, the rose gardens of St Anne's Park are of international importance (and are at their peak from June through September). A real local favourite in Raheny, the park offers 35 playing pitches, 18 hard-surfaced tennis courts, four boules courts and a par-3 golf course; there is also a playground and picnic area. Whether you fancy whiling away a lazy afternoon lounging on a lawn or something more energetic, you'll find it here.

The public enjoying a sunny afternoon in the People's Park Dun Laoghaire

People's Park

They come in their droves to the People’s Park in Dún Laoghaire every Sunday — the draw is a fabulous Farmers Market that offers an exceptional selection of food for those hungry for brunch, lunch or dinner. There’s everything from paella to falafel wraps and from locally foraged nettle pesto to hand-rolled ice-cream. The view across Dublin Bay to Howth Head makes dining al fresco especially lovely here. Afterwards, a walk on the East Pier and a 99 from Teddy’s are hard to beat.

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