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St. Stephen's Green


Formal flowerbeds in St. Stephen's Green.

Formal flowerbeds in St. Stephen's Green.

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In a Nutshell:

The front lawn on which Dublin's office workers and clerks relax during lunch hour - and maybe the true center of Dublin. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a stroll through it.

Where Will I Find St. Stephen's Green?

Right in the middle of Dublin, at the southern end of Grafton Street - just ask anybody for the way to "the Green".

How do I get to St. Stephen's Green?

Buses, tours and the LUAS stop at St. Stephen's Green, Pearse Street DART-station is about ten to fifteen minutes walk away.

When is St. Stephen's Green Open?

Roughly during daylight hours - starting around 9 a.m. at the latest. Locking up is undertaken according to a seasonal schedule, this is posted next to the entrance gates. Avoid being locked in, it can happen due to the many nooks and crannies of the park.

A Short History of the Park:

You wouldn't notice today, but "The Green" started off as a common, used to graze animals, to tuck away a leper colony and to facilitate the odd public execution. Only in the latter half of the 17th century did houses go up around the area. Which led to the former common becoming private grounds, to be used by residents only. Mainly for parading in their Sunday best. In 1880 Arthur Edward Guinness, later Lord Ardilaun, made the park accessible for the general public, creating a Victorian showpiece. In a less inspired move the Irish Citizens Army decided that the park was a viable military objective during the Easter Rising.

What can I Expect in St. Stephen's Green?

A Victorian showpiece - lawns seemingly mown every five minutes, flower displays as formal as a Victorian reception, clean and level ways to promenade on and those delightful little buildings. Including a bandstand, a pavillion, a stone bridge and the mock-Tudor groundskeeper's lodge. Plus the grandiose Fusilier's Arch and the thoroughly modern Wolfe Tone memorial - called "Tonehenge" by Dubliners. Look and you'll understand. Dotted around the park are countless memorials, including one to Countess Markiewicz (who occupied the Green with the Irish Citizens Army during the Easter Rising. Nearly hidden away is an installation in honor of William Butler Yeats, created by Henry Moore.

Is the Park Secure?

Yes - actually even more so if you are a duck ... fire was halted during the Easter Rising to facilitate the groundskeeper feeding the ducks.

Food and Drink in St. Stephen's Green:

There are plenty of eateries, cafes and pubs in the vicinity, but most people grab a sandwich and a coffee for a lunch break in the Green.

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