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Saint Stephens Green Park

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Saint Stephens Green Park is a city centre park located in the fashionable Stephen's Green shopping and hotel district. A 22 acre Victorian park originating from the late 17 th century, it is bordered by black wrought iron railings. The main stone Fusilier's arch and entrance gates are opposite the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre named after it and at the top of the pedestrian shopping Grafton Street. Its current structure is mostly due to restoration led by Lord Ardilaun for the citizens of Dublin in the 19 th century.

Owing to the Victorian layout, the park is bordered with a herbaceous border flanked by trees, shrubs and stunning spring and summer flowers. The park is a vision of lush and vibrant colour from early spring to late summer, and during winter frosts and snows, it's a beautiful picture perfect place straight of a Christmas card, especially when the lake freezes over.

During the spring and summer period, expect to see tourists, couples, students and office workers with their lunches filling up and lying out on the grassy knolls and open spaces, carrying cappuccinos, children or cameras; this is a space that everyone enjoys. There are plenty of park benches surrounding the centre fountain area

An ornamental lake, stream and small waterfall encourage a range of beautiful flora and fauna. People young and old love to sit and feed the ducks and watch the lilipads float by, hoping for a peek at a frog or some fish.

The park has a number of notable features, from bronze busts of James Joyce, a small Yeates memorial garden, a bust of Constance Marckievicz who used the park as a vantage point during the 1916 Easter Rising, although was forced out by the British, who started shooting at them from the nearby Shelbourne Hotel which overlooks the park. There is a statue of 1916 Easter Rising executed soldier Robert Emmet, which is opposite his now demolished birthplace on the square. There are also monuments dedicated to the victims of the Great Famine of Ireland and Arthur Guinness who founded the famous Guinness brewery.

There are 3.5 kilometres of pathways around the park, so while the park seems deceptively small from the outside, feels a lot larger as you meander around its internal pathways. You can easily spend an hour or two just strolling around. If the weather turns wet, there is plenty of shelter under the canopy of trees.

Often there are impromptu concerts held during the summer months, located on the bandstand which was built in 1887, and which is a focal point of the park. It's not uncommon to see artists sketching in the park and photographers using the beautiful flowerbeds and waterways as inspiration.

Another very interesting part of the park, is external to the park. The south side of the park, facing Grafton Street and the Shelbourne Hotel is the perfect place to stroll on weekend mornings and afternoons as artists strap their paintings to the park railings and sit in foldable fabric chairs waiting for buyers and interested passers by.

A very quaint touch is that when the park begins to close a gentleman strolls around ringing a brass bell, its deep ring indicating the end of the day.

Entrance is free and the Park opens:
Mon-Sat 07.30, Sun and Holidays 09.30
Gardens Close: According to daylight hours
Gardens open Christmas Day 10.00-13.00

    

 

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