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Elegant Mall, so dress for the occaison
It is all white with old colonial style elegance, particularly in the passion for natural light. Not necessarily a huge mall, compared with North American standards, but is very special. The whole mall is encapsulated in the main large hall. Good shops as well. Not rippoffs surprisingly!
Across the street from the mall, is the wonderful Park Stephen park, which is worth a visit. On my day, a outdoor Photo exhibition was out; amazingly colourful photographs dramatically showing animals in action. Im sure you'll find something interesting when you go
More than a Park!
Located at the top of Grafton Street is my favorite spot in Dublin - Stephen’s Green which also happens to be Ireland’s best Victorian public park.
The park is a 22 acre green sanctuary and actually it is more than a park!
It is a meeting place, for couples and singles, family spot to spend quality time with their kids but also a place that hold most of Dublin's open air, free events!
One of the more unusual aspects of the park lies on the north west corner - a garden for the blind with scented plants, which can withstand handling, and are labelled in Braille.
In the middle of the Green is a large lake with an artificial water fall, if the weather is nice you can come here to feed the ducks, or just sit down on the grass beside it and dream.
To the south side has a more open surroundings and is almost always occupied by lunching students, workers and shoppers, often band performances are held their, to the amusement of many vistors.
The Green is an unnusualy peacefull place in the middle of a vibrant and buisy city. However have in mind that is it always packed and it might be hard to find a free spot (especially if you want to sit on a bench). But if you look around and see a people in their suits sitting on the grass, why can't you?
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Really nice place to sit down and relax, to watch the world go by.
The main gate is cool. The lakes are cool. Very green. When we were there, were lots of huge photos of wild animals, which were cool. Various statues etc add to the charm, although the centre-piece fountain was rather lame.
Some idiots left rubbish on floor, sandwich wrappers etc - a real shame, this is a real gem, especially when the sun is shinin. Nice way to kill an hour or so.
A restful place in the heart of Dublin
One of the things Gene and I enjoyed very much was strolling through St. Stephens Green park. We visited the park several time during our stay in Dublin. St. Stephens Green is a 27 acre park in the heart of Dublin and is accessible to everyone. The park is frequented daily by people who go there at noon to eat their lunch or just to take a break and relax and on the weekends the park fills up completely with people enjoying being outdoors.
The green was private property for a time and in 1877 Sir A. E. Guinness, a member of the Guinness brewing family pushed an act through Parliament making the green public again. He later paid for the development of the gardens and the ponds some of which date from 1880.
The green has a special garden area for the blind with special scented plants that can be touched and items are labelled in braille. There are also many statues of famous Irish men and women such as W. B. Yeats and James Joyce. A sculpture that really touched my heart was Thomas Delaney's "Famine" a tribute to the victims of the Great Potato Famine from 1845 to 1850 during which 1.5 million people died.
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St. Stephen's Green
In the south of the city centre you will find the very pleasant park St. Stephen’s Green. It measures 450 by 550 metres and that makes it the biggest park in the city. St. Stephen’s Green is situated directly south from the busy shopping street Grafton Street and other busy streets as well as nice buildings surround it since this part of the city is a luxurious area.
The area that now is the park, used to be a meadow in medieval times, situated just outside the city. Later, when the area became a part of the city, a small piece of the meadow was surrounded by fences. From this period on the area was used as a park, although it was not always as peaceful as it is today: in the 18th century it also was the place where convicted people were executed by hanging.
The current park dates from 1880. It includes some large ponds where you can find lots of ducks and other birds, a playground for the children and a small stage where musicians can perform. Besides this, you can find a special garden for blind people here (with the names of the strongly smelling plants written in Braille) and a lot of statues of famous Irish people.
But most of all, St. Stephen’s Green is a place where you can relax: a quiet place in the big city. Especially when the weather is good, you will find a lot of local people here to read their newspapers, to have a chat or to feed the ducks.
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If you like loads of pigeons...
I must say I am not a fan. It's way to central so it doesn't really have a relaxing atmosphere, but it's still good enough to get away from the traffic. It's quite big and always full of people, but also full of pigeons, which are one of the rare kinds of animals I find hideous.
A place to relax in Dublin
St Stephen's green is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Dublin.
Within the stone walls you will discover nine hectares of gardens/ponds/trees/lawns.
There also some interesting sculptures to check out (as per main photo in my Dublin introduction).
It is a really pretty place to walk around or relax. Great for kids and popular with city workers as a place to eat lunch on sunny days.
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Sunny day on the Green
On a sunny day, nothing beats an hour relaxing in this park - after shopping on Grafton St, grab a coffee and lie beside the lake in the sun, or take a walk around. There's always loads of people, and it's a sort of relaxed, friendly atmosphere... mixture of Dubliners and tourists.
ST STEPHENS GREEN
One of my favourite things about the park is this small amphitheatre hidden away among the trees! When I visited the city in the summer of 2004 I managed to catch a performance of "A Midsummer Nights Dream" right here in the park and it was a wonderful setting!
This was a lovely place to spend an hour or so just sitting on a bench or the grass listening to the band play local music. The grass is beautifully cut, the flowers are in bloom and the fountains look lovely and clean, all in all a lovely place to be on a warm summers day.
The engine that makes Dublin run
St. Stephen's Green is a park - and a beautiful one at that. So why would someone say a park is an 'engine that makes Dublin run'? Because Dublin is a unique city, which runs on natural and human beauty. Smiling Irish eyes reflecting green is what gives Dublin the welcoming feeling for all visitors - possibly one of the friendliest cities in the world.
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It is a lovely well-kept park in the heart of Dublin.
I took this pic with my picture phone, so apologies if the quality isnt the best.
In the summer, there are lunch-time jazz concerts which are very popular with local workers who pop in to the park to enjoy their sandwiches.
Also popular with the kids who go in and feed the ducks. It is safe enough, just take the usual precautions.
There are a number of statues scattered around the Green commemorating Irish historical figures.
The green Luas line terminates at The Green.
The Green closes at dusk.
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St Stephens Green
St Stephens green is a 27 acre park in the middle of Dublin City. The park has many statues including memorials to Yeats and James Joyce. Its a great place to go in the summer for people watching or having lunch or to feed the ducks in the lake and wander around beautiful display of flowers and fountains. Hundreds of years ago it was open land where public whippings, burnings and hangings took place. The park is open according to daylight hours. Not dangerous, however do take the usual precautions.
St Stephen's Green
It's a shopping centre you have to check out! A lot of cool stores.. I was there around Christmas time and the decoration was amazing..! Next to the shopping centre, you have the Stephen's Green Park.. Go there! It's beautiful.
At 6 O'Clock or 7, theres a little bit of heaven .
St Stephens Green is the cities favourite central park (much more accessible than the bigger Phoenix Park). This is where Dubliners come to sprawl on the grass at lunchtime and sunbathe (in the Summer it is possible sometimes ;)
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