One of the great things about the summer months in Dublin is getting to spend more time outdoors in the city’s parks.
There are a number of gorgeous public gardens on our doorsteps in the city centre. You’d be amazed at how peaceful and tranquil these spots are even though you are so close to Dublin’s bustling streets.
Whether you’re dining al fresco, going for a stroll or just chilling out with friends, here are some of our favourite Dublin city parks to soak up the sun in:
Known as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’, the Iveagh Gardens are located next to the National Concert Hall Of Ireland. There is also an entrance on Harcourt Street. The space was designed in 1985 but has history dating back over 300 years. According to The Office Of Public Works, many of the original landscape features are still in place or have been restored. These include the yew mase, the rosarium and the fountains. Home of numerous concerts and events and the annual Taste of Dublin festival, the park features a stunning waterfall, flowers and trees.
Iveagh Gardens has been awarded a Green Flag, which is an international bench marking standard for parks and green spaces.
Merrion Square is one of Dublin’s largest Georgian squares. The sculpture filled, gated space is full of rich history and heritage.
This colourful park is overlooked by some of the city’s most beautiful Georgian buildings on three sides. Famous residents included Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and Daniel O’Connell. The fourth side of the space is surrounded by Government Buildings, the National History Museum, Leinster House and the National Gallery of Ireland. Merrion Square features green spaces, well-kept gardens and a playground. Make sure you keep an eye out for the statue of Wilde reclining on a rock!
DUBH LINN GARDEN
The Dubh Linn Garden can be found behind Dublin Castle which is located off Dame Street. One of the most striking features of this garden are the patterns representing sea serpents which have been cut into the green lawn. According to DublinCastle.ie, this lawn is situated on or near the site of the original dubh linn or ‘black pool’, where the Vikings harboured their ships and set up a trading base. It was this pool that gave its name to the city: Dublin.
The Castle Gardens are popular with tourists and locals. On sunny days, hundreds of people gather in this special city spot. You can find out more about Dublin Castle here.
Situated on the Tolka River between Glasnevin and Drumcondra, Griffith Park is located en route to the Botanical gardens and next to famous Dublin haunt Fagan’s Pub.
Locals describe this park as a ‘sun trap’ and ‘relaxed area’ thanks to its trees, flower gardens and riverside walk. The park also features a modern playground. Griffith Park is known for its wild life such as herrings and swans. Our top tip is to take off your headphones, sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of nature!
st. stephen’s green
Arguably one of the best known Dublin parks, St Stephen’s Green provides an oasis of calm from the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street. Situated in the heart of the city centre, this park is home to many species of birds and plants. It’s also popular spot for joggers and for office and shop workers on their lunch breaks.
Its four centuries of history involve important figures such as Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun and Countess Constance Markievicz. St Stephen’s Green was also mentioned numerous times in the work of iconic Irish writer James Joyce. Public facilities include a playground and a garden for the visually impaired.
st. patrick’s park
St Patrick’s Park is situated next to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 8. Legend has it that St. Patrick baptised the first Irish Christians here with water from the River Poddle which flows underground.
The space features a large green area, pretty flowerbeds, fountains and a series of murals honouring literary icons. This beautiful park is ideal for families due to its relaxing environment and there is also a children’s playground on site.
Phoenix Park is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe.
Located a mile and a half from O’Connell Street, Phoenix Park is home to the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, Garda HQ, Dublin Zoo and the residence of the US Ambassador. Deer are another resident of this significant park, and have been present since the 17th century. Notable features include Victorian Flower Gardens, medieval tower-house Ashtown Castle, the Magazine Fort and the Glen pond in the Furry Glen.
You’ll find Dubliners walking, running and playing polo, cricket, hurling and more in this park. There are also numerous walks and cycle trails available to the public.
If you’re venturing outside of the city centre, Marlay Park in Rathfarnham, Bushy Park in Terenure, Dun Laoghaire’s People’s Park and Killiney Hill Park are all great spots to spend time in. St Anne’s Park in Raheny, Ardgillan Demense in Balbriggan and the National Botanic Gardens are also gorgeous spots to explore and soak up some sun.