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Ireland may not be home to the most reliable climate, but in rain or shine (more so shine) the locals really do make the most of the parks on offer. City parks are particularly busy and once you discover them you will soon understand why. Dublin has some beautiful and surprisingly spacious parks and gardens open to the public around the city which are beautifully kept all year round. And they make for the ideal spot to chill out or to simply just have your lunch outside. Here's our top five parks we think you should check out on your next visit to Dublin...
1. Phoenix Park
We'll start with the biggest; Phoenix Park (pictured above) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. With this in mind it will come of no surprise to learn that this is also where you will find Dublin Zoo, Aras an Uachtarain - the official residence of the President of Ireland and lots of beautiful open green spaces and walkways. Phoenix Park is the perfect place for a run, walk or cycle, a picnic or a kick-about with some friends. Don't miss out on exploring this fantastic city park when you're in Dublin.
2. Iveagh Gardens
This city park is often described as a hidden gem by Dublin locals. The Iveagh Gardens dates back to the late nineteenth century and inside the garden walls you will find a host of landscape features, beautiful lawns with decorative fountains and even a recently restored maze. There's a real "secret garden" feel to the Iveagh Gardens and on a sunny day in Dublin you will find many people enjoying its surrounds, particularly around lunchtime due to large number of offices in the area.
3. St. Stephen's Green
This park is probably one of the city's most popular due to its central location and beautifully kept flower beds, lawns and walkways. It covers close to 22 acres and maintains its original Victorian layout from the late 19th century. Around the park you will find a children's playground, a lake, sculptures and the odd lunchtime concert during the summer months.
4. Kilmainham Grounds and Formal Gardens
The grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham make for a great walk in some tranquil surrounds. The paths and lawns leading towards the Museum are sprinkled with creative and innovative artworks and sculptures. Then there are the beautifully landscaped Formal Gardens with colourful flowerbeds, winding paths and more.
5. Merrion Square Park
Last, but by no means least, on our pick of Dublin City Parks is Merrion Square Park. The park itself is surrounded by beautiful Georgian townhouses that look onto the greens and trees of the park. This public park has many hidden spaces due to the large amount of trees in it and art work throughout, with one of the most notable sculptures being one of Oscar Wilde on a large boulder (pictured here). You'll also find a sculpture of Michael Collins amongst many others around the park.
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