Here in Dublin, we are very fortunate to have many great parks and when the sun comes out, they are ideal for sitting down and taking a break from a busy day and watching the world go by. We’ve picked some that we think you should check out on your trip to Dublin.
Saint Stephens Green
Saint Stephen’s green, in the heart of Dublin, is a place of calm in the middle of the busy city. Located just off the bustling Grafton Street, the park contains a playground, ample seating and features a waterfall and Pulham rock on the western side of the green.
The Iveagh Gardens is one of Dublin’s least known parks but are a must visit on your trip to Ireland’s capital city. They’re nested in the heart of the city, surrounded by buildings and have a range of features including a grotto, a maze and archery grounds.
Phoenix park is just a stones throw from our front door at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. The park is spread over 707 hectares and is Europe’s largest enclosed urban parks. There is so much to see and do in the park, check out Aras an Uachtarain, the home of our President or one of the other stately homes, visit Dublin Zoo, or check out Ashtown tower. Bicycle and Segway tours of the park are available and are a great way to cover ground and see everything. You’ll also see the fallow deer roaming around the park and they are the inspiration behind the Ashling Hotel logo
Merrion square is the heart of Georgian Dublin. Located in the city centre, three sides of Merrion Square are lined with Georgian townhouses and the other contains government buildings. Former famous residents included Oscar Wilde, who lived at 1 Merrion Square as a child, while WB Yeats lived at No 82, and Daniel O’Connell at No 58. Check out the park in the centre and Oscar Wilde sculpture. The area surrounding Merrion Square is home to many cultural institutions, including the National Art Gallery of Ireland.
Croppies Memorial Park
Last but not least is Croppies Memorial Park located just across the street from us at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Within the park you will find the Anna Livia statue, known to Dubliners as the Floozy in the Jacuzzi. Anna Livia was moved here from O’Connell street in the city centre as late night revellers used to fill her up with washing up liquid and give Anna Livia a bubble bath!