What comes to mind when you think of Dublin, or Ireland as a whole? One of the first things is likely that the island is filled with greenery. Its rolling hills and lush meadows make it feel so welcoming, and its parks are no exception.
Although the city of Dublin is far from the hills and meadows, there is still greenery to be found. You just have to know where to look for it.
1. Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed public parks in Europe. It has many features that make it the perfect park to visit in Dublin. The park is home to a herd of wild fallow deer that roam a majority of the land. The Dublin Zoo is on the east side of the park and the American Ambassador’s residence is toward the middle. One of the biggest attractors to this park is the Papal Cross, a 35 meter steel cross created for Pope John Paul II’s visit to the city in 1979.
2. Irish National War Memorial Park
Just south of Phoenix Park in Dublin is the Irish National War Memorial Gardens. Dedicated to the nearly 50,000 Irish soldiers that died in WWI, this park is one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe. Filled with beautiful paths and impressive architecture, this park should be toward the top of your list.
3. Iveagh Gardens
Iveagh Gardens is a park located just south of St. Stephen’s Green. Designated as a National Historic property, the park was originally an earl’s lawn. Many of the original features still exist or have been restored. Some highlights include the yew maze, the rosarium, and the fountains.
4. St. Stephen’s Green
In the heart of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green is one of the more notable parks on our list. With walking paths and beautiful greenery, this park is the best place to spend a lazy afternoon or have a picnic. The park has many statues and fountains to admire. There is also a lake in the north crossed by O’Connell bridge, which has an ornamental gazebo at its front.
5. National Botanic Gardens
Opened to the public in 1800, the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is a sight to see. Located north of Dublin city center, the park has many features that make it an essential spot to visit. The park is famous for its glasshouses-extravagant buildings filled with different plants and flowers. The park is on the same stretch of land as the Glasnevin Cemetery, where many famous Dubliners are buried.
6. Blessington Street Basin
This park was originally a drinking water reservoir until the 1970s. They turned the location into a public park in 1994. Since its restoration in the early 1990s, the park has become a bird habitat, with an artificial island installed. There are many types of birds that have made this park their home, including swans, mallards, and pigeons. If you enjoy nature and its habitats, this is an amazing location.