Iveagh Gardens

Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

These beautiful gardens may not have the sculpted elegance of the other city parks, but they never get too crowded and the warden won't bark at you if you walk on the grass. They were designed by Ninian Niven in 1863 as the private grounds of Iveagh House and include a rustic grotto, a cascade, a fountain, a maze and a rosarium. Enter the gardens from Clonmel St, off Harcourt St.

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Nearby Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green attractions

1. Museum of Literature Ireland

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Newly opened in September 2019, the Museum of Literature Ireland is a digital, interactive exploration of Ireland's deep literary heritage, from the…

2. Iveagh House

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The headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs occupies two splendid Georgian houses that were joined together by Benjamin Guinness when he bought…

3. Newman University Church

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Cardinal Newman didn't care too much for the Gothic style of his day, so the 1856 church attached to his Catholic University of Ireland at Newman House is…

4. James Joyce Bust

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On the south side of St Stephen's Green is a bust of James Joyce by US-born Irish sculptor Marjorie Fitzgibbon (1930–). It faces Newman House, part of…

5. Adam's Tree

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Between the bandstand and the James Joyce statue in St Stephen's Green is a young oak tree at the base of which are scattered the ashes of guitarist Adam…

6. Countess Markievicz Bust

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This 1954 bronze bust of the Countess Markievicz, in the southeastern corner of St Stephen's Green, is the work of artist Seamus Murphy (1907–75) and…

7. Three Fates Statue

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This statue of the Three Fates by the southwestern corner of St Stephen's Green was presented to the city of Dublin in 1956 by West German president Roman…

8. Garden for the Blind

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The centre of St Stephen's Green has a sensory garden for the blind, with signs in Braille and aromatic shrubs and plants that can be handled.