After walking through the many sights of Dublin, where crowds of tourists usually gather, there comes a moment when you want to relax in silence, sit on the grass, enjoy the fresh air. A favorite place for townspeople and tourists is St. Stephen's Park in the center of the city. Here you can sample street food, feed the pigeons, and watch the local fishermen lean over the small lake more for pleasure than extraction. Surely the locals can be fully understood by observing their ordinary lives. St. Stephen's Green Park is the perfect place for that!
About the park
The park opened in 1664 and immediately became a favorite place for Dubliners. The park soon passed into private ownership, and at the end of the 19th century it was rebuilt again as a recreational area for the citizens and opened to the public. This image of the green St. Stephen's Garden survives to this day.
To get to St. Stephen's Cathedral, you must walk through the Arch of the Riflemen, an exact replica of the Arch of Titus in Rome. Walking along the narrow paths, you should pay attention to the numerous busts and sculptures of significant events and historical characters. All nature lovers will love the abundance of birds, neatly trimmed bushes and trees, perfect lawns and flowerbeds.
The park today is not only a place for recreation, but also a place for entertainment and cultural events, concerts, interactive shows. Locals come here as families to walk their dogs, play badminton, go jogging or rollerblading. Stevens Green is also a popular place for honeymooners to take romantic photos.
St. Stephen's Green is an ideal square. There are many significant facilities around it:
- Shopping Centers.
- Gregorian buildings.
- The Huguenot Cemetery, founded in the 17th century
- The Newman House Museum, which houses exhibits reflecting Ireland's historical and cultural heritage.
After a long walk, be sure to grab a bite to eat at some of Dublin's best gastronomic establishments that are close to the park itself:
- WILDE Restaurant.
- Tan Cafe
- The Rolling Donut
- The Glovers Alley Restaurant
- Amuse Restaurant
- Peploe's St Stephen's Green Cafe
- Cliff Townhouse Seafood Restaurant
- The Saddle Room Restaurant
- The Merry Ploughboy et al.
- From St. Stephen's Green Park to Trinity College is a pedestrian street with cozy souvenir shops, craft shops, local brands, and cafes.
- A Garden for the Blind was established inside the park, featuring particularly fragrant plants and signs describing them in Braille.
- In the northern part of the park, you can relax in a decorative gazebo on the lake shore and admire the many waterfowl.