St. Stephen’s Green is the largest park in Dublin city centre and adjacent to Dublin’s famous shopping street, Grafton Street. The park was designed by Willian Sheppard and opened in the summer of 1980. In the early years the park was not open to the public and could only be accessed by wealthy people who owned plots of land in the park.
The park has over 3.5km of pathways where visitors can enjoy walks at all times of the year. There is also a waterfall and Pulham rock work on the western side of the park which are well worth a visit. The park itself has many unusual aspects and displays many monuments and sculptures around the grounds. A very interesting feature in the North West corner is a park for the blind; it has an array of scented flowers labelled in braille.
There is also a children’s playground within the park and during the summer months a number of lunch time concerts take place making it the ideal visitor attraction for families. An unknown fact about the park that many people don’t know is that those who own a “Key to Dublin” are allowed to shave sheep in the park which is a public area. Some famous people who have the privilege of a “Key to Dublin” include Bono, Brian O’Driscoll and Bill Clinton.
The park is open all year round from 7.30am Monday to Saturday and then from 9.30am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The closing time of the park varies depending on daylight hours. There are no restaurants or cafes within the park but it is located at the top of Grafton Street so there are a large number of cafes, bars and restaurants close by.
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