IVEAGH GARDENS OFF CLONMEL STREET
This park is very close the Harcourt Luas tram stop.
Iveagh Gardens are popularly known as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’. However, if they are known as such then they are not really secret.
I went to school and college in the area and I visited this public park on a regular basis, back then very few were aware of the park, and as kids were were fascinated the broken statues and old ruins. One of my teachers told us that many of the items were follies and therefor fake [i.e. old roman statues were less than a hundred years]
Designed by Ninian Niven in 1865, but with a history dating back over three hundred years, the Iveagh Gardens are located close to St Stephen’s Green Park in Dublin city centre.
From modest beginnings as an earl’s lawn, the gardens went on to host the splendour of the Dublin Exhibition Palace in 1865. Many of the original landscape features are still in place, or have been restored and conserved since 1995. These include the yew maze, the rosarium, and the fountains. The cascade in particular is a stunning spectacle in summer.