A welcome retreat in the middle of the city, the Iveagh Gardens, situated snugly behind Harcourt Street, is one of Dublin’s finest parks. Designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 as an intermediate design between the ‘French Formal’ and ‘English Landscape’ styles, many of the garden’s features, including the maze and sundial, lend themselves to creating our very own Secret Garden.
They demonstrated the artistic skills of the landscape Architect of the mid 19th century and display a unique collection of landscape features which include Rustic Grotto’s and Cascade, sunken formal panels of lawn with Fountain Centre Pieces, Wilderness, Woodlands, Maze, Rosarium, American Garden, Archery Grounds, Rockeries and Rooteries.
The conservation and restoration of the Gardens commenced in 1995 and to date most of the features have been restored, for example the Maze in Box hedging with a Sundial as a centrer piece. The pre 1860s rose varieties add an extra dimension to the Victorian Rosarium.
Open all year 2014
Gardens Opening times:
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00
Gardens Closing times:
December – January: 15.30
February and November: 16.00
March – October: 18.00
Average Length of Visit: 1 hour