St. Anne's Park, Dublin

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St Anne's Park is a public park within Dublin City Council, situated between Raheny and Clontarf, both suburbs on the northside of Dublin, Ireland.
The park, the second largest municipal park in Dublin, is part of a former 202ha estate assembled by members of the Guinness family, descendants of Sir Arthur Guinness, founder of the famous brewery, beginning with Benjamin Lee Guinness in 1835 . Features include an artificial pond and a number of follies, a fine collection of trees, a playground, parklands walks and recreational facilities including golf.
The estate was named after the Holy Well of the same name on the lands. Lands were purchased over time to build up an extensive property, and a large Italianate-style mansion house was commissioned and modified over several generations. The Italianate influence included references in the garden follies to ancient Roman sites and the import of actual antiquities.
Sir Arthur Edward Guinness (Lord Ardilaun), who inherited the estate in 1868, and purchased Manresa House next door, was the person most responsible for expanding and developing the estate and gardens and planted wind-breaking evergreen (holm) oaks and pines along the main avenue and estate boundaries, where they remain. Lady (Olive) Ardilaun, originally of Bantry House, County Cork, developed the gardens based on her interest in French chateau gardens, but also with eclectic influences of the Victorian era and the horticultural expertise of her Scottish gardener. Lord Ardilaun was also prominent in the Royal Horticultural Society.
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  • This park is great. It has fairy doors for kids, a rose garden, an old structure that used to belong to the Guinness family and lakes. I would visit St. Annes especially to go for a jog. It is a hive ...  more »
  • Beautiful, well maintained garden. Children get to see different types of plants. A must to visit place when in Dublin.  more »
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  • Great park. You need time to spend there. When weather is nice I lovely to be there. Beautiful roses garden. Relaxing wonderful place. Great for families, couples or friends. Place to have quick lunch or coffee wit desert. Toilets available.
  • St Anne's park is a wonderful place for young and old alike. Lots of wide open spaces for walks cycling , kids scooters etc, a colourful large playground and picnic areas scattered about. Week ends have food market and The Stables cafe does a lovely cup of coffee cakes and wraps. An ideal place to spend a day 👍
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