There are hundreds of public parks and gardens all across the Dublin region, some large, some small, some modern and some dating back hundreds of years. We’ve taken a small sample of the more significant ones below for anyone who would like to wander in the greenery of an afternoon:
The Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in Europe and is open to the public all year round. Explore and stroll through the ornamental gardens, nature trails, and broad expanses of grassland, separated by avenues of trees, including oak, beech, pine, chestnut, and lime. The park is also home to a large herd of fallow deer which have been present in the park since the 17th century. The park also houses Dublin Zoo and the official residency of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin.
St Stephens Green Park is located next to the shopping area of Grafton Street. It is open all year round and countless people pass through Fusiliers' Arch and enjoy the beautiful surrounds, taking tours of the many statues and relax laying back on the grass! A children's playground is a popular attraction of the park. Lunchtime concerts are performed during the summer months.
St. Anne’s park is Dublin’s second largest public park and is located in the Clontarf/Raheny area. The park has extensive woodlands, water features and recreational facilities as well as an international famous rose gardens. The gardens of St Anne's Park are at their peak from June through September. St Anne's Rose Festival is held at the peak of flowering for roses and is a really special time to see them at their best. The Festival is a family event - with music, horticultural lectures and fun events together with craft stands and plant sales, food stalls and a farmers market.
The National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty located on Dublin's northside and is linked to Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. The gardens are noted for their fine plant collections holding more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from around the world. Admission is free and you can leisurely stroll among the Herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine yard, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum. A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses.
Merrion Square Park is located in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Notable features of the park include many fine sculptures; the Rutland Memorial; a collection of old Dublin lamp posts; a central floral garden; heather garden and playground.