We are going to be very optimistic and announce that summer is here! We had few glorious warm days in Ireland, some of us even have some tan (or.. they got burned red) so we are calling it – summer is here! If you are in Dublin on a sunny day, head to park with your lunch, sandwich or a cup of coffee and just soak up the sun!
One of the largest enclosed parks in Europe (and believe it when we say, it is large!) is located on the edge of city centre, easily accessible on hop on hop off tours, bus or luas and houses president of Ireland, Dublin Zoo and herds of deer just roaming around.
St. Stephens Green
Located much closer to Barnacles Temple Bar, St Stephens Green Park is just a hop and skip away, on top of the Grafton Street. After checking out shops along the Grafton Street, this is the perfect place to relax with ice cream and duck spotting. Also, flowers is stunning and they do donation based yoga courses on Sunday Mornings throughout the summer. This is one of the most popular Dublin Parks, and rightly so!
Not strictly a Dublin park, Botanical Gardens are located in Glasnevin, short ride by public transport away from us, and if you have a bit of time, they are well worth the visit. National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. Check out old glasshouses, herbarium and much more.
Grand & Royal Canal
These two man-made canals encircle Dublin’s inner city, and are perfect for a scenic stroll. Along the Grand Canal, which runs along the southside of the city, you’ll find ducks, swans and of course, a statue of Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. A stroll out by the northside’s Royal Canal meanwhile will bring you to iconic stadium Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Great thing about Ireland is the sheer amount of greenery and amazing outdoors, even in the city centre of Dublin! We hope you get to enjoy some of the Dublin Parks next time you are stating in Barnacles Hostel in Temple Bar!