The 5 Best Parks in Dublin
A city break doesn’t have to mean the hustle and bustle of shops and the busyness of the streets 24/7. Cities often have large open spaces, hiking trails, and cycle paths all nearby, you just have to know where to look. Dublin is no different, Dublin is home to an array of parks and green open spaces perfect for getting back to nature. Parks in Dublin offer a range of things to do and no matter who you have chosen to spend your city break with, we are sure that the whole party will enjoy a little relaxation. So, here are the best parks in Dublin that should be on the top of your list.
Phoenix Park is a huge open area and is even one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces in any European capital. Home to Dublin Zoo, a herd of fallow deer, walking and cycle routes, and sports fields. If you are visiting Dublin’s parks then this stunning area is a must. Phoenix Park is full of hidden gems such as Ashdown Castle, the biggest Viking cemetery outside of Scandinavia, and the impressive Wellington Monument. However, if you are more of a thrill seeker then Phoneix Park is still the place to be, with the first motor rally being held in the park in 1903 and continuing today. Have a look at the events timetable and see when the motor racing is on, or pick a different event to enjoy. The choice is yours.
2. Corkagh Park
Corkagh Park can be found just west of Dublin city centre, divided by the River Camac this beautiful open space consists of 120 hectares home to Irelan’s only purpose-built cycle track for races and training. The park is home to a pet farm, fairy wood, fishery, and river and woodland walks. The park is a gateway for also exploring Clondalkin Village and Clondalkin Round Tower. Previously the park surrounded an old stately home, and the gardens from this have been well preserved so that visitors can enjoy the 390 different species of flora and fauna that are in the park.
3. Bushy Park
Bushy Park, just south of Dublin city centre, is 20 hectares home to riverside walks, woodland, ornamental ponds, and a children’s playground. The park originated in the 1700s when the Bushes House was built on the site, the name was changed to Bushy Park after it’s London’s familiar. Dublin’s first skate park was opened in 2006 in the park and the open space also provides football pitches and tennis courts. Bushy Park also hosts events throughout the year to suit every interest.
4. St Stephens Green
St Stephens Green is just a short walk from Dublin’s city centre. the park landscape was designed by William Sheppard and was officially re-opened to the public in 1880. It is one of Ireland’s oldest parks and is one of the liveliest. This Dublin Park is 9 hectares and guests can explore the dazzling pond of swans and wildlife. The park is also home to a garden for the blind, with richly scented flowers and plants and names in Braille. Whether you want to take a break on one of the benches or take a walk along the shady paths, this park is a beautiful place for those who visit Dublin to enjoy.
5. St Anne’s Park
At 240 acres, St Anne’s Park is a great place to explore. Guests can wander through the dazzling rose gardens which peak from June to September. Beautiful walks can be found throughout the park that cut through the extensive woodland, water features, and parkland. The park is home to 35 pitches, 18 tennis courts, 4 boules courts, and a par-3 golf course. So, whatever you fancy playing or doing you will be able to find it here.
If you are visiting Dublin with your family, read our recommendations of top things to do in the city.