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Parks, Gardens & Dublin Zoo


Dublins St. Stephen's GreenDublin has a large quantity of parks and gardens within the city. Enjoy yourself and choose one to take a restful day. To help you decide, which one to visit, please find a list below. We provide you with short description as well as opening hours and admission charges.

Ardgillan Demesne Regional Park

Balbriggan
County Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 849 2324
Fax: 00353 (0)1 849 2194

The Ardgillan Demesne Regional Park consists of 194 acres of pastureland, mixed woodlands and gardens. It is overlooking the bay of Drogheda and is unique for the magnificent views.

Opening Hours:
  • November to January 10.00-17.00
  • February to March 10.00-18.00
  • April 10.00-19.00
  • May 10.00-20.00
  • June to August 10.00-21.00
  • September 10.00-20.00
  • October 10.00-19.00
Blessington Street Basin

Blessington Street
Dublin 7

The Blessington Street Basin is a former city reservoir. The wildlife has been fully refurbished in 1994. Known as Dublin's Secret Garden it is a quiet haven for visitors.

Opening Hours:
  • Opened 7 days during daylight

Admission is free

Dublin Garden Group [ www.dublingardens.com ]

Fairfield Lodge
Monkstown Avenue
Monkstown
County Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 280 3912
Email: info@dublingardens.com

The Dublin Garden Group consists of private gardens in the Greater Dublin Area. The owners of the gardens that are normally not opened to the public welcome groups to share their enthusiasm for plants.

Fernhill Gardens

Fernhill
Sandyford
County Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 295 6000

Fernhill Gardens are privately owned and maintained. 40 acres of parkland, rockery & watergarden offer visitors the possibility to spend a wonderful time in a quiet and beautiful environment. There is a wide range of native plants and animals.

Opening Hours:

March to October
  • Tuesday to Saturday 11.00-17.00
  • Sunday 14.00-18.00
Garden of Remembrance

East Parnell Square Dublin 1 Tel: 00353 (0)1 874 3074 Email: visits@ealga.ie

The Garden of Remembrance is an Irish memorial garden for those killed in the Irish War of Independence between 1919 and 1922. The garden was opened in 1966, on the fiftieth birthday of the Easter Rising.

Merrion Square Park (Archbishop Ryan Park)

City centre
Dublin 4

The Merrion Square Park houses many fine sculptures, a floral garden, a collection of old Dublin lamp posts, a heather garden and a playground. It is considered as one of the best parks in Europe.

Opening Hours:
  • 7 days a week during daylight

Admission is free

National Botanic Garden

Glasnevin
Dublin 9
Tel: 00353 (0)1 857 0909
Fax: 00353 (0)1 863 0080
Email: botanicsv@ealga.ie

The National Botanic Gardens were opened in 1805. The range of plants includes approximately 20.000 species displayed at an area of 19.5 hectares.

Opening Hours:

Winter (October to March)
  • Mon-Sat 10:00-16:30
  • Sunday 10:00-16:30
Summer (March to October)
  • Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00
  • Sunday 10:00-18:00
Newbridge Demesne Regional Park

Donabate
Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 8436064

The Newbridge Demesne Regional Park covers an area of 150ha. It is an 18th century landscape park and includes woodland belts and flower meadows. Visitors may have beautiful views.

Opening Hours:

June to September
  • Monday to Saturday 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 14.00-18.00
October to March
  • Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 14.00-17.00
Phoenix Park / Dublin Zoo [ www.dublinzoo.ie ]

Dublin 8 Tel: 00353 (0)1 474 8900

Phoenix Park is a place for the whole family. Young and old may take a rest and watch the beautiful scenery. With its 1,760 acres, Phoenix Park is considered to be the largest municipal park in the world. Dublin Zoo is located directly in the centre of the Park and has become home to many species.

Opening Hours:

Summer:
  • Monday to Saturday 9.30-18.00
  • Sunday 10.30-18.00
Winter:
  • Monday to Saturday 9.30-dusk
  • Sunday 10.30-dusk
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

Phoenix Park
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 0095
Fax: 00353 (0)1 677 0095
Email: phoenixparkvisitorcentre@ealga.ie

The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is situated next to Ashtown Castle in the Phoenix Park. It houses an exhibition on the history and wildlife of the park. The Visitor Centre also includes an area for children, which makes it ideal for a family trip.

Opening Times:

January - mid March
  • Saturday to Sunday 10.00-17.00
Mid-end March
  • Daily 10.00-17.30
April-September
  • Daily 10.00-18.00
October
  • Daily 10.00-17.00
November-December
  • Saturday to Sunday 10.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €2.75
  • Senior Citizens €2
  • Child/Student €1.25
  • Family Rate €7
St. Annes Park & Rose Gardens

Raheny
Dublin 5

St. Annes is Dublin's largest enclosed park covering almost 270 acres. The rose gardens are of international importance and the extensive woodlands, water features as well as recreational facilities are worthwhile visiting.

Admission is free

St. Audoen's Park

High Street
Dublin 8

Although it is quite small, St. Audoen's Park is worthwhile a visit. It includes the first stone city wall dating to 1100 AD, St. Audoen's Arch and Fagan's Gate. The city wall was restored in 1976.

St. Enda's Park

Rathfarnham
Dublin 16

St. Enda's Park includes riverside walks, a walled garden as well as a waterfall and is considered as one of Dublin's most charming and atmosphering parks.

Opening Hours:
  • Daily 10.00-20.00

Admission is free

St. Stephen's Green GardensSt. Stephen's Green

At the end of Grafton Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 475 7816

St. Stephen's Green covers an area of 22 acres and is one of the best-known Victorian parks. Established in 1880 it is landscaped with flowerbeds, a fountain and a lake.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday 8.00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00
Gardens close according to daylight hours

Admission is free

Talbot Botanic Gardens

Malahide Castle
Dublin

The Talbot Botanic Garden houses a fine collection of almost 5000 Australian and Chilean plants. It is divided into two sections, the West Lawn and the Walled Garden, which cover an area of almost 9ha. Visitors may book a guided tour of the walled garden.

Opening Hours:
  • Weekdays from May to September 14.00-17.00

Admission Charges:
  • Adults €4
  • Children and Senior citizens free
  • Groups €3.50
The Iveagh Gardens

Clonmel Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 475 7816

The Iveagh Gardens were designed in 1863 and belong to the finest gardens in Dublin. They include a cascade, fountains, maze, a rustic grotto, archery grounds and woodlands.

Opening Hours:

December to January
  • Monday to Saturday 8.00-16.00
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00-16.00
February and November
  • Monday to Saturday 8.00-17.00
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00
March to October
  • Monday to Saturday 8.00-18.00
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00-18.00

Admission is free

War Memorial Gardens

South Circular Road
Islandbridge
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 0236

The War Memorial Gardens in Dublin belong to the most famous in Europe. They are dedicated to those who died in the First World War between 1914 and 1918. However, the gardens are also of architectural interest and great beauty.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 8.00
  • Saturday to Sunday 10.00
  • Gardens close according to daylight hours

Admission is free


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