Located at the top of Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green is one of Ireland’s best-known Victorian parks. Once a private park that had fallen into disrepair, St. Stephen’s was bought by Sir Arthur Guinness (later known as Lord Ardilaun) and returned to the citizens of Dublin. This beautiful park is a lush oasis in the middle of the bustling city. St. Stephen’s Green is treasured among locals and one of my favorite places to go for a brisk ‘post-flight’ walk.
This 27-acre park has retained much of it’s original Victorian design--from the extensive tree and shrub plantings around the perimeter to the spectacular flower gardens that bloom from spring to late fall. Situated around the central area of the park are numerous Victorian flower beds filled throughout the growing season with colorful displays of bedding plants--including tulips, geraniums, wallflowers, petunias and many others. A common feature of Victorian parks such as St. Stephen’s are the herbaceous borders which are found near the “Leeson Street” gate and seen at their best in mid-summer.
Over 2 miles of pathways wind through St. Stephen’s Green where visitors can view a number of important historical monuments and beautiful fountains. Famous Victorian landscapist James Pulham designed the rock garden on the western side of the green. A beautiful ornamental lake is a prominent feature of the park, complete with waterfall and island. The lake provides a habitat to many different waterfowl including mallard ducks, swans and moorhens.
Lunchtime concerts are performed in the summer months--a perfect backdrop for a picnic lunch. St. Stephen’s offers a quiet retreat and a place to take a break after a long day of shopping or sightseeing.
- Monday to Saturday - 8am to 6pm
- Sunday and Holidays - 10am to 6pm