Now this is an interesting and artistic type of botanical park. It has a few gardens and a lot of statues. With this park being surrounded by a couple of office buildings and living spaces, I can see why many people come here to enjoy the sun and relax while having lunch. There are plenty of shade, benches, boulders, and even small areas surrounded by trees so you can eat in peace. If you're new to Dublin, and you've got spare time; Come take a stroll, it'll be worth it! I bet many photographers would find this place as a great photo opportunity. Plenty of great angles and greenery. This place is just lush. One of my favorite parks in all of Dublin!
This isn't the biggest park in Dublin, but simply put, this park is "a place of poetry".
The better garden in Dublin might not be as famous as St. Stephens Green, but this turns out to be an advantage. Basically, you have some nice fountains, some statues, good lawn and plenty of park benches to hang out and relax. Furthermore, it is not as crowded as St. Stephens Green, especially on sunny days.
Great park near where I live.
What gives it the five stars are all the great events that are hosted here.
Comedy, music and all sorts of festivals.
The harcourt area is full of office blocks. But when the weather is nice, you can see everyone flood this park!
Its a lovely clean park, plenty of bins, well kept and a great place to lie in the sun on a lovely summers day! Its less busy than Stephen's green, so its a great spot to have those alfresco lunches! :)
Yep this is the Dublin city park of the yelpers alright - the less obvious one where all the hip kids hang out... OK not actually because youff would make this less fun, but the peeps in the know, know that this is better than the green.
Also the venue for Taste of Dublin!
Yesterday The Iveagh Gardens looked so different, so different in fact that I forgot that I was there before which is rather worrying.
What a find. What an amazing venue for Taste of Dublin and it's unfortunate that the weather was awful but even through the rain the radiance of the gardens shun through and gave me a happy flashback...
Yeah it's holiday time for me cause this goldfish memory is getting tiresome although goldfish actually do have good long term memory... OK review over.
Iveagh Gardens is an enticing little paradise and my favourite spot in Dublin, not only for relaxing but also for a jog. Its never too busy and although it is small, the unusual layout provides plenty of diversity.
In terms of ground, you have lush grass which is kinder to your joints. You also have uneven gravel paths which add an extra challenge while remaining gentler to your knees/ankles then the unforgiving city pavements.
The surroundings are so tranquil, you feel close to nature even though youre in the heart of the city. Its too small for a complete run but perfect as part of your route, and only minutes away from the canal.
I find it particularly inspiring when you feel unmotivated and are about to give up. Iveagh Gardens gives you the necessary lift and chance to turn off from the burn and enjoy your surroundings - better than any sports drink (and without any calories).
Being so close to St. Stephen's Green (and much more tucked away), I have yet to see more than10-15 people at a time here. Perfect for a furtive afternoon jaunt into nature within the city center. The people who frequent it tend to be on the quieter side of the park-goer spectrum, adding to the sanctuary atmosphere.
Overall: lush & hushed - so far it's keeping that way.
I had one of those days where I just wander aimlessly around the city with nothing but time to kill. This place helps me leave it dead and buried. What a secret world that I wish I'd discovered as a munchkin way back in the when! I've only in the last few years discovered how tranquil this little place is in the craziness of Dublin!
It's a wonderland and no wonder about it, this is because it's a rarely found diamond in the rough of concrete that we live in. The place oozes aesthetics and is amazingly awesome in pretty much every aspect. It's overlooked and only comes out to shine when used for events like the Taste of Dublin or Carlsberg Comedy Carnival.
I'm hoping it stays an oasis of calm in our culture because if this place becomes a tourist attraction what will us dubs do for a nice little treat!!
I am reluctant to post this review as it my favourite little hide away in the city centre.
Even on days when Stephens Green is crammed you can always find a spot on the grass here with at least a few square metres to yourself.
Unlike some of its bigger brothers this park doesnt go for pretty little flowers and brightly coloured ducks in a pond to tickle your fancy ... this place is all about being understated.
Its Dublin's own version of the secret walled garden. Enter via one of three nondescript gates into a labyrinth of paths and open spaces dotted with aged (and usually arm/headless) statues. The centrepiece fountains never fail to impress me every time I see them.
Now shhh ......... dont tell anyone else
Yes Stephens green is the more popular, noticeable & more visited park in Dublin but Iveagh gardens also a must see for a sunny day. Its only round the corner and in my humble opinion one of the best parks in Dublin.
Most people will know it as that park off Harcourt street, the fact that its hidden away is part of the charm. Theres also another entrance from Hatch street and both are wheelchair accessible.
Its a great place for lunch, to the left as you walk in the Clonmel street entrance theres a sunken green, great to lounge on in the sun and well known for frisbee and you might even catch some Capoeira (Brazilian martial art) practicioners too.
Further over the other side of the park is a waterfall, as well as a maze and a rose garden.
As with most Dublin parks summer hours apply from March until October when the park is open till 8. December & January until 4 and February & November until 5pm.
The Iveagh gardens is a little bit of solace in the madness that it is Dublin City Centre.
Even though it's located off Harcourt St, it is easily missed. It's tucked away behind a side street - between Harcourt St and the National Concert Hall. I had never been to the gardens until this year's Taste Festival, and I fell in love with them.
They're just gardens really - but there's a lovely waterfall feature, little places where you can sit and eat your lunch...it's just a really relaxing place to sit and enjoy yourself for a few hours.
I love this park. It's my favourite city centre park and I'm very lucky to work next door to this place. It's fantastic in the summer to enjoy your lunch in. Also even in the winter it's great to go for a walk and find a little solice in the middle if a capital city.
PS I love the maze, but wish people would walk through it using the path and not through it using the hedge, grrr ;)
Went here for a picnic with friends as a goodbye meetup. I have only been here before for Africa Day where you don't get to see much of the park as it's full of tents and people at the festival.
Such a cool, hidden park tucked away opposite the bigger, busier St Stephen's Green Park. It was a sunny day, but wasn't crowded at all, we sat on the grass, beside a fountain, under the big blue sky, and the crazy yellow sun, we ate our sandwiches and sipped our iced-teas and munched on our cakes, we played with tiny puppies running by and then when it rained stood under a huge leafy tree and watched the world go by.
Dublin, I miss you already...
Only just up the road from St Stephen's Green, this is a smaller, much more chilled out park.
Beautiful flowers, trees, statues... and even a waterfall and a mini-maze!
This is a gorgeous park, my favourite in Dublin, hands down.
Nowhere better on a warm day.
Ssh!! Lets keep this place a secret. I don't want it getting overrun with people as it will spoil the 'secret garden' and hidden place qualities that is oozes!
It was designed in 1865 and has gardens, a Winter Garden, rustic grotto's and cascades. It has a great medieval feel and such a fab place to come relax, read a book and explore!
Absolutely love the Iveagh Gardens. I would have never found them if it weren't for someone in the know showing me. A great, secret little safe-haven from the bustle of Dublin. There's a wonderful fountain as well as tons of really beautiful statues. I've heard that there are lots of really neat events here as well. On nice days I love to go out of my way just to walk through here.
One of the principal advantages of Iveagh Gardens is that the park is very difficult to spot, which means that people are unlikely to stumble across it, meaning less people will discover how nice and uncrowded it is compared to Stephen's Green and it will therefore remain nice and uncrowded, compared to Stephen's Green.
The Iveagh Garden have little accroutrements such as a small rose garden and a water feature, but the most part, Iveagh Gardens consists of a big long rectangle of grass, perfect for little kick abouts or just to sit and eat your lunch away from the crowds of Stephen's Green. I love heading there on a lazy sunny day after buying ice creams on Harcourt Street. Best of all, in my opinion, the Iveagh garden's main area is slightly sloped around the edges, sort of in the shape of shallow bowl. I personally find it much more comfortable lying against a gentle slope rather than on completely flat ground. But maybe that's just me.
If Elron and his crew hung out in Dublin, this is where they'd picnic...
When I first came here it felt like I had stepped into some quiet part of an ancient civilization, reflecting its old glories in tumbled down statues, quiet waterfalls, and broad pathways strewn with golden fallen leaves just begging to be photographed. There's the two fountains that have been restored with EU grants, there's the circular path around the inside of the walls, and lots of other hidden gems to discover. Like the statue of Poseiden lying in artistically arranged fallen glory.
I love the rose garden, the statue of an opera singer, and the hedge maze. I trod the maze in a properly meditative mood one day, and when I rounded a corner a small holy medal was shining out of the dirt. I'm one to believe in messages (although NOT one to think in any particular religious vein), and I think the Park was welcoming me to Ireland...
Bottom line: Grab a camera and your journal, sit and have a think. Be sure to share your sandwich with a magpie...you never know who it might be...
A kingdom of solace in the middle of our capital city, the Iveagh Gardens are heaven on a sunny day.
If I had the good fortune of having a stressful day job from which I needed to escape, the Iveagh Gardens would be my playground.
I have never felt so at peace in the centre of Dublin as I have in the Iveagh gardens. I recommend walking to the middle of the maze - it's a bit geeky and no one else really does it, so you are guaranteed some alone time!
Around the edges of the gardens there are some tracks through the trees that aren't as well kept as the gardens in the middle... they're nice for a stroll if you feel the need to get close to nature.
An amazing array of statues can be found scattered throughout the gardens, and keep an eye out for the mashed up statues on the ground (not really sure what that's all about??)
The Carlsberg Comedy festival is being hosted at the Iveagh Gardens this year (in late July) so I imagine that'll kill the serenity for a few days... but what better to replace it with than comedy?
When Stephen's Green gets too crowded, or if you feel like hiding form the world, the Gardens are your spot. Lush verdant greens and snug little spaces away from the city outside.
It's like a secret place only the elect know about, despite being on maps and generally in the center of the city. It's just set of a bit from the road, and out of sight, out of mind. But that's what makes it so amazing.
Given their proximity to St Stephen's Green, the mind boggles as to why the Iveagh Gardens are comparatively quiet.
Harcourt Street office folk habitually flock to this luxuriant spot during their lunch-hour but locals always find a comfy spot on the weekends. Featuring rustic grottos, a sundial, maze and various rockeries, the Iveagh Gardens are as good for a leisurely stroll as a spot of drinking away from the overflowing and often bothersome crowds.
What a gorgeous place to have a lovely picnic lunch. Quiet, peaceful, an escape in the middle of a busy city.
I think Iveagh Gardens is real hidden gem in itself. Iveagh Gardens has Fountains, a maze, a grotto, wilderness and woodlands that are have a Victorian town garden look, I think its one of the best gardens in Dublin.
In 1863 Ninian Niven designed Iveagh. Also the area used to belong to the Earls of Iveagh.
The gardens are in the process of being restored. Much has been done but there is still work to be done to the garden.
Its open all year round, and admission is free to all.
I think my best feature is the waterfall, so peacefall and calm to look at.
Dublin's best kept secret, despite the comedy gigs that have been being put on in recent summers.
Surrounded by high walls, it's a Stephen's Green without through traffic. People only come here to be here, not to get somewhere else.
The Gardens are particularly good in summer, where it becomes the perfect place for a quiet read, lazy snooze or secretive drink.
A combination of public park, aristocratic estate and grown up's playground, there's a surprise around every corner.
Lets just hope that the majority of the St. Stephen Green Junkies continue not knowing of its existence. A beautiful urban garden with a maze, classical statues, a sundial, fountains, a water fall and excellent green spaces to chill, and just a stones throw from Grafton st. We are lucky to have the Iveagh Gardens . The host of the wonderful 'Dublin Taste' also.
Lovely spot to unwind and get away from the noise of Dublin. Great spot for a picnic especially when the sun is out.
I have only been to these gardens twice and it was for the Africa Day event both days. So I probably didn't get to appreciate the park in its fully glory as it was jam packed.
But the Africa Day events there were great. Really relaxed atmosphere. Very culturally diverse. Great for kids - face painting, african story telling, games, etc. Just a bit too crowded.
The Iveagh Gardens have developed a reputation as being like this secret piece of heaven in the midst of Dublin - an area of green bliss to rival Stephen's Green any day. The truth is now though that so many people are aware of the fabulous Iveagh Gardens that they are no longer secret!
I've been to them a few times for various events. I went to the Carlsberg Comedy Festival two years in a row and what a great venue for a gig of this kind. It was so relaxing strolling around the lovely grounds, drinking beer and watching the various comedy shows.
I've also been to the Taste of Dublin food fair here and, again, the gardens were the perfect setting for ambling around sipping champers and nibbling on gourmet delights.
A really beautiful park that's a little more off the beaten track than Stephen's Green. The perfect place for a picnic! Don't forget to check out the waterfall!
A great secret hideaway in the center of Dublin. Most people would never know it's there even when walking right by it. The garden has high walls that add to the secluded feeling once inside. It's a great place to for quiet time, reading a book or just enjoying being outdoors. The waterfall adds to the peaceful feeling by drowning out any surrounding road noise. You really feel like you've slipped through a portal to a time and place far away.
One of the few green spaces where its possible to relax in Dublin, the Iveagh gardens on a summer's afternoon can be simply glorious. Rose gardens, open fields, gravelled walkways, wooded nooks and a charming set of classical statues are all squeezed into this relatively small area, and while the tourists, theives and teenagers swarm the (just awful) Stephen's Green, due to its practical invisibility from outside, this park remains relatively uncluttered on even the hottest days of Summer. It's a pity it's been left to go to ruin by the city council, but most people are so glad to have it at all that it's just not an occasion to complain - in fact, the les attention drawn to this little spot the better, in case any of the moronic city planners in tow decide to do some 'millenium' resoration work which would, let's be honest, ruin it completely. The key word here: Shhhh...
I have been to Iveagh Gardens a number of times for running practice with my school, and school photos etc. but I never really paid much attention to it until I was trying to think of somewhere to go and sit, and I decided to talk a walk to the secluded little park. Its absolutely beautiful, and its thick green grass works as a nice mattress to lie upon when your tired on a nice summers day, or in the winter sit tucked up with a coffee on the benches. It is not as packed as the nearby Stephens Green Park. It is really nice just to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
This is the ultimate place for a romantic picnic or afternoon stroll on a sunny day. There's a waterfall (which you can climb to the top of, if the park keeper isn't looking). There's also a maze for you to race your companion to the middle of. Try to resist the urge to cheat by leaping over the knee high hedges. Once you reach the middle you can celebrate by attempting to tell the time on the sundial!
Following all this exertion you can stretch out on the grass beside one of the fountains, or even beside the bizarrely dipped field which used to be used for archery practice - at least when it wasn't being flooded for a boating lake in the summer and an ice rink in the winter!
As most of the guide books describe it "Dublin's best kept secret garden". It is very small in size compare to its big brother - St. Steven's Green which is almost constantly flooded with tourists and pigeons. It lacks a big pond with noisy ducks and hungry swans but it has two graceful founntains and a charming waterfall. The rose gardens send their spell in spring. It is a favourite venue for artists all those who love the taste of a well kept secret in the heart of the city.
A gem of a park and usually quite quiet which makes it even better. It is one of Dublin's best kept secrets.
i don't know how i missed this place living in dublin so long. its a haven in the busy smelly city centre. so pretty, great for lunch in summer!
When Stephen's Green gets too crowded, or if you feel like hiding form the world, the Gardens are your spot. Lush verdant greens and snug little spaces away from the city outside.
i love it here....but dont tell 2 many people about it....let them discover it for themselves!
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