The Best Parks In Dublin, Ireland

Ciaran Lawler

Dublin features a host of beautiful and inviting gardens strewn throughout the city and its suburbs, all of which are free and open to the public. Here we take a look at some of the most pleasant parks, sure to give you a taste of the Irish countryside right in the middle of the city.

1. St Anne's Park

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St Annes Park
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Dublin’s second largest park, St Anne’s, can be found on the northern side of the city, between the leafy suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf. Inherited by the famous Guinness family in 1868, it was sold to local authorities in the early part of the 20th century, and has since become a very popular spot for sports and other recreational activities. There are 35 playing pitches, 18 hard-surfaced tennis courts and a golf course all open for use by the public. There is also a very impressive walled garden within the park which can be visited free of charge. A good place to see some traditional Gaelic games.

2. Phoenix Park

Park, Zoo

The Wellington Memorial obelisk surrounded by picnickers in Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland
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The stone walls of this enormous urban park enclose 707 hectares of land, making it one of the largest parks in Europe. As you take a stroll through the lush greenery, there is a good chance you will see wild deer roaming freely across the vast open fields. The park also contains Dublin Zoo, the largest zoo in the country, and an extensive visitor centre where you can learn about the history of the park while enjoying a delicious lunch out in the open air.

3. Marlay Park

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First opened in 1975, this suburban park has gone on to become a popular performance venue for Irish and international musicians. As well as outdoor concerts, the park features a host of playing fields and a nine hole golf course. Marlay House, which the park was built around, is a splendid Georgian manor which has since entered public ownership and can consequently now be toured as part of a group. A small number of high quality craft workshops operate in the vicinity of the manor, offering services such as furniture restoration and glass cutting.

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