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.
St. Stephens Green is a great place to go after a long day of walking and shopping around Dublin. there are plenty of benches to sit on and just relax between rounds of touristy like activities.
I do have a story about the park though, at one point my wife and I were approached by a women asking for money. I told her no, but she proceeded to follow us for a good way, the entire time begging and telling us that "Americans are all rich so she knew we had money". She eventually gave up on us, but I can see some people getting a little nervous.
However don't let this stop you from visiting the park, it's a oasis from the city.
We walked along Grafton Street to reach St Stephens Green which would be the best known parklands in Dublin.
The parkland gave me everything I was expecting of Ireland, lush vibrant green lawns and trees. The rich colour was something rarely seen in my homeland which has a much more severe climate and lack of water.
These parklands have been maintained in the original Victorian layout. Covering 9 hectares and with 3.5 km of pathways to guide you around the park it is very easy to traverse the whole park or just see and enjoy a section.
The children's playground is very popular, the ornamental lake with waterfowl and beautiful flowering gardens with a variety of trees in the background make this a very relaxing haven.
St. Stephen's Green is a rectangular park in the Dublin city centre. Initially, it was a marshy common on the edge of Dublin used for grazing. After 1663, access the park was limited to well-to-do local residents. In 1887, St. Stephen's Green was re-opened to the general public at the initiative of A.E. Guinness, a member of the famous Guinness brewing family.
Today, it is a pleasant oasis of green within Dublin's busy city centre. Within the park, there are walking paths -- a lake with ducks -- and statues and memorials scattered throughout.
The creation of St. Stephen's Green dates back to 1664, when the space previously used as a common was enclosed to turn the area into Dublin's new high-end location. Access to the park used to be restricted to local residents, but it was opened to the public in 1877 and Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family, paid to have the green redesigned in 1880. A fountain, a lake, a bandstand and a variety of other landscaping elements were then added, as well as numerous monuments. Perhaps the most easy one to spot is the Fusilier's Arch, at the north corner of St. Stephen's Green. On a sunny day, students, workers and visitors gather around this area to have lunch and relax. Since our hotel was located right on the green, we had plenty of opportunities to explore the park and very much enjoyed the quiet atmosphere it afforded right at the heart of Dublin. A nice break from all the hustle & bustle of the city!
Continue up Dawson St. At the top is St Stephen's Green. The green is well worth a wander, for its Flowers, walks and sculptures. Leave the Green through the large arch (on the corner to your left as you enter) and that will bring you straight to Grafton St, Which is where I will leave you.
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 ;)
Continuing on from Merrion Square, I made my way over to St. Stephen's Green, a lovely green 27 acre park. It's had various uses over the years, as a place for public punishment of criminals until 1664, then made into a private park in 1814, and finally as a public park in 1880 thanks to a member of the Guiness family. The north side of the square where you'll find the Shelbourne Hotel is the more fashionable side of the square.
As you stroll through the park, you'll find a number of statues and busts, some of the famous folks you'll come across are author James Joyce, poet WB Yeats and Sir Arthur Guinness (you don't need me to tell you what the Guinness family is famous for, do you?). There are also monuments to soldiers killed in the Boer War, victims of the Great Famine and the Three Fates fountain given to the city of Dublin by the German government in recognition of their help for refugee children after WWII.
St. Stephen's Green is a very pleasant park with a fountain, a lake, pavilions and several statues of famous people from Dublin. There is a James-Joyce bust, a Yeats memorial and a memorial of the nationalist leader Wolfe Tone. In the music pavilion from 1887 are still given concerts in the summer.
At the top of Grafton Street, you'll find this large and somewhat labyrinthine park. If you stroll around like I did, you might see find yourself all alone on a winding path. I noticed a few bums lurking in the bushes, so I don't recommend going here after dark, but it's well kept and there are some nice areas for a picnic.
A really lovely place to walk through or enjoy a picnic if its not raining of course. The lake which is home to ducks and other waterfowl is fed by an artificial waterfall, the O'Connell bridge spans this lake. There is a scented garden in the north west corner of the park with notices in braille for the blind to enjoy. The park is filled with statues and memorials to prominent Irish people.
A statue on the edge of St.Stephens Green Park, Dublin. On the south side, the park was nice, near a posh part of Dublin that reminded me of Holland Park, London.
Lots of American golfers in large hotels drinking in the bars aroud there...
but the park was pleasant enough. We went there a little late in the day, it'd be betetr to go in the morning and take a book and a picnic, at dusk, young lads were starting to congregate on benches with cans of beer.
In the south of Dublin’s city centre, there is this great park with a good balance of recreational areas, artpieces of Gardening and monuments. The latter include such as a monument dedicated to the victims of the Great Famine, Arthur Guinness, James Joyce and WB Yeats. Some other structures like fusilier’s arch and the three fates (a gate) are worth to mention. I enjoyed this park on two occasions: Once on a normal day, where it was a nice place to relax. On another day, it was St. Patrick’s Day. Then St. Stephen’s Green was used by many visitors to relax for a while from all the noise and party. Others tried to sleep off their early overdose of Guinness there. In both ways, several daffodils became victims of the wannabe-leprechauns.
St. Stephen’s Green was opened in 1664, but limited to the upper classes only. It was opened to everyone in 1877. Three years later, it was redesigned and took almost its present form. That project was funded by a member of the Guinness family.
St. Stephen's Green is a large park in downtown Dublin. It's probably one of the nicest city parks I've seen so far. The center of it is fairly wide open, with lots of meticulously maintained flower beds and paths, as well as a fountain in the center. The outer parts of the park are made up of several ponds that are home to lots of ducks, wooded alleys that circumscribe the entire park, gazebos, and are a number of very interesting sculptures.
Definitely, St. Stephen’s is one of my favorite places of Dublin. Placed in the very center of the city, this park was originally owned by the Guinness family (yup, the guys that bring the beer that is good for you) the grounds had been used for public use since the late 19th century.
Here you could enjoy your lunch (if you have the weather by your side) in a relaxed atmosphere, completely different of Dublin’s typical endless activity.