Iveagh Gardens is one of the finest and least known of Dublin’s parks and gardens. Access is from Hatch Street.
The gardens were designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 as a cross between the ‘French Formal’ and the ‘English Landscape’ styles. The gardens demonstrate the artistic skills of the landscape architect of the mid 19th century; they display a unique collection of landscape features including rustic grottos, a cascade, sunken formal panels of lawn with fountain centre pieces, a rosarium, an American garden, and archery grounds.
The conservation and restoration of the gardens commenced in 1995 and to date most of the features have been restored (e.g. the maze in box hedging with a sun dial as a centre piece). The recently restored cascade and exotic tree ferns all help to create a sense of wonder in the ‘Secret Garden’. The pre-1860s rose varieties add an extra dimension to the Victorian Rosarium.
Open Mon-Sat: 8.00 am. Open Sun & Bank Holidays: 10.00 am.
Dec-Jan: 3.30 pm
Feb & Nov: 4.00 pm
March-Oct: 6.00 pm
Clonmel Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 475 7816.