Although small when compared to other capital cities, Dublin has a near endless offering of parks and outdoor spaces for locals and tourists alike.  With secret gardens that were once the lawns of private houses, the city has many hidden gems.

Phoenix Park 

The largest city park in the Europe, Phoenix Park covers an impressive 1,750 acres!  Originally formed as a royal hunting park in the 1660s, it opened to the public in 1747.  The most recognisable remnant of the parks hunting history, are the wild herds of Fallow Deer that still call it home.  Whether you choose to walk, cycle or drive through the park, you’re sure to come across the deer grazing in the grasses.

If the Papal Cross is not on your itinerary, be sure to add it.  Standing at 116 feet high in Phoenix Park, it was erected for the visit of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979, when he delivered an open-air sermon to over 1.25 million people!

Also claiming Phoenix Park its home, is the world-famous Dublin Zoo!  With over 400 animals from all over the world, many of which are extremely rare or endangered species. A visit to the Zoo is an incredible way to spend the morning before exploring the park further.

If the Zoo doesn’t interest you, explore the Victorian flower gardens, Wellington Monument or take a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin (our President’s residence) which takes place almost every Saturday.

Merrion Sqaure Park

A short stroll from the hotel, Merrion Square Park sits in the centre of Dublin’s most historic and beautiful Georgian square.  The park is surround by stunning Georgian red brick buildings on three sides and government buildings, the Natural History Museum, and the National Gallery of Ireland on the fourth side.

Construction of the surrounding homes began in 1763 and continued for 30 years.  The park was a private reprieve for the residents of the square, with Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, George Russell and Daniel O’Connell calling it home. Today, the park has been restored to its Georgian glory for all of Dublin to enjoy.  Wander through the park, admiring the sculpture trail of some of Irelands most prolific faces.

On Saturday 25th, Pride Village will take place in the park.  A full day festival celebrating Pride with plenty of entertainment, entertainment, community zones, a family area, quiet zone, food vendors and so much more…

Iveagh Gardens

Popularly known as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’.  The Iveagh Gardens are a hidden oasis amidst the hustle of the city.
Although designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 as the grounds for the Dublin Exhibition Place, the gardens date back over 300 years.  They were originally an Earls lawn with many of the original landscape features still in place or having been restored and conserved since 1995.

The gardens house the yew maze, the rosarium, former archery grounds along with multiple fountains and the stunning Cascade.  On a sunny day, be sure to pick up some treats from Canal Express and head over to the gardens for relaxing afternoon.

The annual ‘Taste of Dublin’ also takes place in the gardens, with incredible food, drinks, demonstrations from world renowned chefs and so much more on offer.

Herbert Park

Dating back to the early 13th Century, Herbert Park was previously known as the Forty Acres.  With a long history of private ownership before being donated as a public park in 1903, it’s an incredibly popular weekend destination for city dwellers.

The park has much to offer from football pitches and tennis courts to a duck pond, playground and much more.  In the Spring, the park boasts a spectacular landscape as the cherry blossoms bloom. Come summer, the tulips have taken over with their vibrant colours. And every Sunday, there is a market offering fresh and local produce, food trucks and many other stalls.

St Stephen's Green

With four centuries of history behind it, St Stephen’s Green is a vital part of Dublin’s City Centre. Originally opened for the citizens of the city back in 1880 by Lord Ardilaun, the iconic Victorian layout has been maintained throughout the years.

Sculptural monuments to Irish patriots can be seen throughout the park along with an ornamental lake. For the nature lovers out there, Stephen’s Green is also home to many different species or plants and birds, colourful flowerbeds, herbaceous borders, and there is an incredible garden for the visually impaired.

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