Situated between Raheny and Clontarf, Saint Anne’s Park is the second largest park in Dublin. It’s also the largest enclosed park in western Europe and one of our favourites! When you walk through its gates you feel like stepping into a secret garden. There is so much to do and discover with lots of hidden gems scattered throughout this beautiful land.
The park was named after the Holy Well blessed by St. Anne and is part of a former 202 hectares estate assembled by members of the famous Guinness family.
Today it features Duck Pond, Naniken River, a famous Rose Garden and miniature rose garden, fantastic playground, grand avenue, Dublin’s city arboretum, with 1,000 varied trees, 10 picturesque follies and leisure facilities (playing pitches, par 3 golf course and 18 tennis courts.). The list goes on and on. You can find badgers, hedgehogs, rabbits, foxes, grey squirrels, pipistrelle bats, sparrow hawks, woodcocks and jays here.
Since its opening to the public in mid 70’s, St. Anne’s Rose Garden, has been one of the favourite spots for the couples and the families during the summer months. An annual Rose Festival takes place in the Park on the 3rd weekend of July.
Park is fantastic for kids of all ages, they can feed the ducks in the old pond, play at the adventure playground, collect chestnuts, kick a ball about or learn to ride a bike. It boasts a variety of play structures including a zip-line, rope snake-alike swing and a giant spider web for older kids. If you are visiting with youngsters a playground is a must! Although it’s relatively big it gets pretty busy on sunny weekend days. The playground apart from traditional swings has colourful wooden play equipment (train, horse and cart, cows, ladybird, plane, pig, sheep etc.), climbing structures, as well as the Viking ship and multi-play units with slides for children over 2 years. There are a few tables with benches in front of the playground making it a perfect place for a family picnic. And if you have a dog – canine friends can be let off the lead and exercised at a dedicated ‘Dog Park’ beside the Model Car track.
On a Saturday mornings, there is a weekly free 5km park run and Farmers Market near Red Stables. The market operates every Saturday from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. It’s a place where you can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, hot and cold foods, pick up a tasty loaf of bread, flowers or arts and crafts from local jewellers, painters and potters. There is a merry-go-round, which always delights the little ones.
Nearby the market, there is a newly opened café Olives Room. It provides a range of whole foods and home-baked treats and is a perfect place to finish your Park’s venture.
Nanny Village thoroughly enjoys her visits to the park and recommends it as a fantastic day out for the whole family.