We all know parks are wonderful craic for pretty much anyone. Open green spaces, great for self-healing, having fun with your pals, or just letting off a bit of steam by going for a stroll with your dog at dusk.
Here in Dublin, we are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to green space. Plus, you can enjoy them pretty much any time of the year; whether its the brown leaves of autumn or the sun-kissed setting of summer (just providing the rain doesn’t decide to show up).
So, here are some of the best spots you can make the most of.
The best parks and gardens in Dublin
1. Phoenix Park
We’re starting with the big one. Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed park in any capital city in Europe, at a gargantuan 707 hectacres. It’s been open to the public since 1747, after originally opening in the 1660s as royal hunting grounds. Now, visitors can marvel at the fallow deer that roam the park, while walking through the gorgeous swathes of greenery.
2. St. Patrick’s Park
St. Paddy’s park is a top tier green space in the city. The beautiful grass and colourful flowerbeds are overlooked by the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It’s a great day out for all, and even sits by the River Liffey.
3. Corkagh Park
Corkagh park sits in south Dublin, with the River Camac, and features Ireland’s only purpose built cycle track. Elsewhere, the park has lakes perfect for fishing, flowerbeds to wonder among, and is overflowing with places to sit to enjoy a great book. What more could you ask for?
4. Irish National War Memorial Gardens
These gardens are dedicated to all the Irish soldiers who fought in WWI. It’s a quaint setting to relax in, with a rose garden, fountains, and wonderful architecture around the grounds. Just like St. Patrick’s Park, the memorial gardens sit right by the bed of the River Liffey.
5. Saint Anne’s Park
St. Anne’s is the second-largest park in Dublin, sitting at 240 acres, and was formerly an estate owned by the Guinness family. On top of walking paths, rose gardens and ponds, the park boasts some great sporting facilities in the form of tennis courts and football pitches.
6. Killiney Hill Park
A little park with a wonderful view of Dalkey and Killiney villages. It’s a steep walk up the hill, but it’s well worth it. Once you’re up, it’s one of Dublin’s most tranquil spots to relax in.
7. National Botanic Gardens
A beautiful attraction in Dublin. What better way to relax is there than wondering among some plants in the many greenhouses? Correct: nothing! You can book your tickets here.