Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

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The Iveagh Gardens is a public park located between Clonmel Street and Upper Hatch Street, near the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. It is designated as a National Historic Property. The gardens are almost completely surrounded by buildings making them less noticeable and a little hard to find, unlike other green spaces in Dublin. This makes them one of Dublin's hidden gems.
The site of the gardens was shown in 1756 as Leeson's Fields after Joseph Leeson, 1st Earl of Milltown.
Clonmell LawnsIn the late 18th century Lord Milltown leased the land to John Hatch, the principal developer of Harcourt and Hatch Streets. Hatch sold it to The 1st Earl of Clonmell (also known as "Copper-Faced Jack") as his private gardens. The gardens then became known as "Clonmell Lawns" Located on Harcourt Street is Clonmell House that faces on to Clonmell Street which leads into the Iveagh Gardens. A subterranean passage brought the Earl from his house to the gardens without him having to walk over the street. The Wide Streets Commission had planned for Clonmell Street to run through what is now the gardens thereby linking Harcourt Street to the then newly constructed Earlsfort Terrace. However, this passage was not located during archaeological monitoring conducted during the construction of the LUAS.
Coburg GardensWhen the 1st Earl died in 1798, his son the 2nd Earl inherited the estate including Clonmell Gardens. The estate was sold in 1810 and the gardens were opened for public use around 1817 and renamed "Coburg Gardens" after the royal family of Saxe-Coburg. Entrance to the park was from the South Side of St Stephen's Green, the "Royal Horse Bazaar".
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  • Situated in the heart of the city, tucked away from the hustle and bustle... The moment you enter the park you feel a sense of peace and tranquility! You can hear the sound of the water fountains and ...  more »
  • Iveagh Gardens is a large green lung of Dublin's Old Town. The visit is recommended as it is a well-groomed and not very busy park. At the same time, however, it is displeased to note that one of the most suggestive elements, namely the artificial waterfall, is often not active. Too bad.
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  • Glorious. Beautiful. Wonderful. What more can I say? Can't believe people are reviewing it as a concert venue because it isn't. It is a local park that was gifted to Ireland as a nature spot. Local residents are locked out for 4 months a year so OPW can let it be destroyed by concert goers and drunks. The archery grounds are destroyed for this, for a start. Stick to our purpose built buildings for concerts people. Have we not destroyed enough? You don't care about this spot if you're going to loud concerts in it.
  • Love the ambience and decor! Food is decent! Staff is great! Great location! Only downside is that the AC doesn’t work so well so on a hot day it may not be the most comfortable room. Otherwise great!
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