5 stunning gardens Dublin

IVEAGH GARDENS

Clonmel St
St Stephen’s Green & Grafton St
+353 (0)1 475 7816
www.iveaghgardens.ie

During June and July the Iveagh Gardens host a number of concerts but for the greater part they are a stunning spot to go for a walk or relax and eat lunch. The gardens have over 300 years of history behind them, and they hold a maze, a rosarium, fountains and a cascade.

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

Parnell Square East,
Rotunda
North Dublin
www.heritageireland.ie/

Dedicated to ‘all those who gave their lives in the cause for Irish freedom’, the Garden of Remembrance is a small but sombre tribute with an incredible sculpture by Oisin Kelly – based on the Irish legend of the Children of Lir – as its focal point. It is a garden for quiet reflection rather than picnics and music.

BLESSINGTON STREET BASIN

Blessington Street Park
North Dublin

Once a drinking-water reservoir, now a park, Blessington Street Basin is perhaps the most unusual park in Dublin as it is 80% water and 20% land (this includes the artificial duck/swan island and the beautiful reservoir lodge). It is an important slice of natural beauty at only a 10-minute walk from O’Connell Street.

IRISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL GARDENS

Islandbridge
Kilmainham &
Liberties
www.opwdublincommemorative.
ie/war-memorial

 

These gardens were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and laid out in the 1930s by ex- servicemen. They are made up of various sections, like the rose gardens bordered by the granite book rooms and the domed temple. The location adjacent an entrance of Phoenix Park is ideal, with a main road on one side parallel to the Liffey on the other.

ARDGILLAN CASTLE AND VICTORIAN GARDENS

Strifeland, Balbriggan
North Dublin
+353 (0)1 849 2212
www.ardgillancastle.ie

To be fair, this is not just a garden. It’s a castle and demesne replete with a park, tea rooms and art exhibits, which makes for a good day trip. But the gardens are exquisite: the rose garden and conservatory, the walled garden (with a section for herbs, one for fruit and one for vegetables) and the four ornamental gardens.

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