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Saint Anne's Park

Saint Anne's is a beautiful and popular, sprawling park situated between the suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf on the north side of Dublin. This gorgeous, romantic park is impeccably kept, and is particularly beautiful during the months of autumn. Saint Anne’s offers woodland paths popular with both walkers and joggers, and the park is heavily used by the public. The park is situated quite near to the northern coast of Dublin Bay and the Chestnut Pathway, which runs parallel to the Coast Road, is the most popular route taken by joggers, walkers and cyclists.

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The Iveagh Gardens

This  sumptuous Victorian park, once the private delight of a wealthy Dublin elite, is today free to everyone. It has beautiful flowers and charming"old world" garden features and a delightful waterfall. Visitor's favourites include an angel fountain, a sun dial and a maze. Minutes from Stephen's Green, an oasis from the city's hustle and bustle. Secluded and usually not busy, even during summer months.

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Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall

 Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains near the village of Enniskerry is perhaps the most beautiful garden in all of County Wicklow, at the Estate of Powerscourt. The breathtaking mountain setting combines with a formal landscape to create a garden experience widely recognized as one of the finest in all of Europe. The design is inspired by Italian and Greek tradition, and incorporates unique antique sculpture, fountains, and ironwork -- all amidst the beauty of the horticultural wonders growing there. You'll see ancient native trees as well as various ornamental varieties, brilliant beds of assorted summer flowers, elegant Japanese gardens, a grove of monkey puzzle trees, and even a pet cemetery.

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Botanic Gardens, Belfast

This oasis of greenery provides a welcome respite for visitors. The gardens are popular with students from nearby Queen's University. Planned and laid out in 1827, the gardens contain two main houses, the Palm House and the Ravine House. In 1839, ta popular architect and former mayor of Belfast Charles Lanyon designed this curvilinear marvel of glass and iron of the Palm House. The Ravine House, formerly called The Glen, contains a wide variety of plants, such as the indigenous Killarney fern.

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Farmleigh House and Estate

Farmleigh House is the designated official state guest house for visiting heads of state and dignitaries. Originally the home of Arthur Guinness's great grandson --- Edward Cecil, the Earl of Iveagh. Now Ireland's official visitor residence, host to President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and other world dignitaries. Located in Europe's largest park, Phoenix Park, where the Irish President's home is also found. Unique interior with exquisite ceilings, artwork and decor. Huge, magical gardens -- great for a picnic. Cafe/restaurant on site.

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National War Memorial Gardens

The National War Memorial Gardens, a monument to the Irish war dead, lies opposite the Obelisk in the Phoenix Park, across the River Liffey, in a quiet district known as Islandbridge. The memorial --- a secluded and tranquil park with a central set of monuments  --- was originally intended to honour the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who lost their lives in the 1st Word War. It now also commemorates all the other Irish men and women who served in Irish regiments of the Allied forces during both World Wars. It is believed that, during the second World War at least 100,000 Irish soldiers died fighting for the British Army alone. Designed by one of Europe's greatest memorial architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens, the gardens utilise herbaceous borders and contain numerous trees and sunken rose gardens. It is a somber place of quiet reflection and honour.

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National Botanic Gardens

>Next to Glasnevin cemetery on Dublin's northside, you can find the National Botanic Gardens, established in 1795 by the Royal Dublin Society. This Georgian-era park is FREE to enter (although there is a small fee for the car park) and is especially pleasant on a clear day. The gardens feature over 20,000 varieties of plants, flowers and trees, notably including a vegetable garden and a rose garden. Local wildlife -- ducks, squirrels and rabbits -- are also fond visitors. Located about 3km from Dublin city centre, the gardens are approximately 50 acres / 20 hectares  (equivalent to 50 soccer fields) in total size. A walkway leads directly into the adjoining Glasnevin Cemetery -- you may also enter directly via the cemetery. You don't need to walk through all of the gardens -- cris-crossing, tree-lined paths allow you to create different walking routes.

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St Stephen's Green

One of Dublin's most interesting outdoor attractions, this 27-acre parcel of public land remains lush and green throughout most of the year. The main entrance to the green is located at the gate facing Grafton Street, known as Fusilier's Gate. Strolling paths crisscross the acreage, and a variety of waterfowl nest here. Statues abound, including a bust of James Joyce sculpted by Henry Moore, and a memorial to Yeats. Also interesting and whimsical is a gathering of bronze female figures known as The Fates. On the north side of St. Stephen's Green is an area once known as Beaux Walk. In the 18th century, it was made up of a row of townhouses containing a group of highly popular gentleman's clubs. Today, the noted Shelbourne Hotel is located there.

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Newbridge House and Farm

Newbridge House is a beautiful 18th century manor, with adjoining parklands, open farm and playground, situated 12 miles / 20 km north of Dublin centre. A 400-acre wooded estate, the Newbridge House demesne opened as County Dublin Regional Park in 1986. The overall estate includes a variety of landscapes that include pastureland, woodland, watercourses, and pleasure grounds. While the house itself is popular with visitors, the main attractions at Newbridge House demesne are the parklands and the playgrounds.

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