Dublin has many fine parks and gardens that serve as lungs that make the city alive. It has 2,000-hectare green space that ranges from nature reserves, to sports grounds, the historically significant Phoenix Park, and Georgian Squares. These Dublin parks and gardens give you unmatched opportunities for exploration, exercise, and enjoyment, in the heart of the Irish capital.
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens is well known for its excellent plant collections that hold more than 15,000 plant species from various habitats from different parts of the world. The botanical garden is famed for its planted and delicately restored glasshouses – the Great Palm House and the Turner Curvilinear Range. You can also enjoy features like the rose garden, Herbaceous borders, the pond area, the alpine yard, arboretum, and rock garden.
Complete your Dublin trip by visiting the historic Dublin Zoo. A wander around this 24-hectare will take you on an exciting journey from plains of Africa to the outer edge of the Arctic, through the Indian Rainforest. Dublin Zoo is one of Europe’s most modern zoos.
The Iveagh Gardens are among the most beautiful Dublin gardens. Ninian Niven designed them in 1865 as a transitional design between the English Landscape and French Formal styles. You will see the unique collection of landscape features, including Cascade and Rustic Grotto, Wilderness, Maze, Woodlands, American Garden, Rosarium, Rockeries, Archery Grounds and Rooteries.
St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is the country’s most famous Victorian public park. It was reopened in 1880 by Lord Ardilaun for Dubliners. This 9-hectare Dublin park has been restored to its original Victorian look, filled with perimeter trees and shrubs and stunning summer and spring Victorian bedding.
Garden of Remembrance
This is one of the most charming Dublin parks and gardens located in the city center. Daithi Hanly designed the Garden of Remembrance in memory of the people who sacrificed their lives for Irish freedom. Oisin Kelly’s large sculpture is based on the “Children of Lir” theme. The Garden of Remembrance is a nice place to reflect and meditate.
Located 500 feet above sea level, Knockrose sits on the shoulder of a geological feature formed by a glacier’s melting waters (The Scalp). Tom and Trish Farrell own this wonderfully cultivated unique garden, backed by an ancient mixed forest. It is packed with cottage garden plants, trees, and shrubs interspersed with lawn areas and a vegetable plot. Knockrose is one of the most charming Dublin parks and gardens.