List of parks in Dublin
→ Main article: Phoenix Park
The Phoenix Park ( Irish Páirc an Fhionnuisce ) is the largest park in Dublin and the largest inner-city park in Europe. It is the size of a district. The grounds include Dublin Zoo , the Apostolic Nunciature , several sports facilities, the small Ashtown Castle and the official residence of the Irish President. A Pope's cross attests to a Mass by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Ireland in 1979, which was attended by more than 1 million people. A herd of deer also live in the Phoenix Park area . As is customary in the British Isles and like other Dublin parks, the park is fenced and only accessible at certain gates.
→ Main article: National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
The Botanical Gardens, officially the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland ( Garraithe Náisiúnta na Lus ), in the Glasnevin district to the north of the city, includes a park with several themed gardens and greenhouses as well as an arboretum . There is also a herbarium with around 600,000 dried and documented plant parts as well as an exhibition on the history of the garden. Founded in 1795 as an English landscape garden, over 20,000 species of plants can be seen today. The park is accessible all year round (with the exception of Christmas Day).
St. Stephen's Green
→ Main article: St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen's Green ( Faiche Stiabhna ) is a park in the center of the city. The complex was the scene of public executions in the 17th century; later it was only accessible to the population living around it. The park was not opened to the public until 1877 and was also the scene of the Irish Easter Rising . There are a number of objects worth seeing in and around the park. Most of the surrounding houses are built in the Georgian style.
Archbishop Ryan Park
→ Main article: Merrion Square
The Archbishop Ryan Park ( Páirc at Ard-Easpaig Uí Riain ) is the park that occupies the entire interior of the Merrion Square. The area was donated to the city by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Ryan . In contrast to other generally accessible parks, this one is designed less like a public facility, but rather artfully. Among other things, it contains a sculpture by the Irish poet Oscar Wilde on a rock .
Iveagh Gardens ( Gairdíní Uíbh Eachach ) is a park in central Dublin, near St. Stephen's Green. It is somewhat hidden, has only two entrances and is comparatively little frequented. In terms of landscape, Ivaegh Gardens, with its well thought-out route planning and rose garden, is very attractive. There is also an artificial waterfall (with stairs to the left and right of it) and a small labyrinth with a sundial in the middle.
Blessington Street Basin
The Blessington Street Basin ( Báisín Shráid Bhaile Coimín ) was a drinking water reservoir from 1810 to 1976. Since then, the site has been released as a public recreational area and completely renovated in 1993/94. The basin now serves as a pond and has been provided with an artificial island on which ducks reside. Fish live in the basin. The park in the Phibsborough district is about 1 km from the north end of central O'Connell Street .
The Herbert Park ( Páirc Hoirbeaird ) is a park in the southern district of Ballsbridge, which serves as a recreation area for the surrounding residents. There are, among other things, children's playgrounds and several sports facilities. The world exhibition Irish International Exhibition took place on the site in 1907 . An orchestra pavilion and a pond in which carp are bred today still date from that time.