St. Stephen’s Green: history, facts, & visit info

Let us tell you all about St. Stephen’s Green, a luscious Victorian Park with a rich history in the heart of Dublin city centre.

St. Stephen’s Green: History, Facts & Visit Info.
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St. Stephen’s Green is one of Dublin’s finest attractions, providing a tranquil and scenic escape from the bustle of the city.

The Green is steeped in history and is abundant with fauna, flora, and wildlife whilst also being located near many top attractions, shops, and fantastic pubs and restaurants.

For a pleasant escape from the city, we’ve got everything you need to know about St. Stephen’s Green.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting St. Stephen’s Green:

  • The park opens every day at 7:30 am except Sundays when it opens at 9:30 am. It closes at sundown, approximately 6 pm in the winter and 9 pm in the summer.
  • Book a guided tour about a month in advance, and bear in mind the tours take only up to twenty people at a time.
  • This Dublin park is Green Flag awarded, so respect for the protected surroundings is always expected.
  • Check the forecast and dress appropriately for temperamental Irish weather conditions!

Interesting facts about St. Stephen’s Green:

  • The Green served many functions throughout time and even hosted public executions and witch burnings at one stage!
  • Sir Arthur Guinness bought and relandscaped the park, opening it for public enjoyment in 1880 after it was privatised in 1635.
  • The park was a control location for members of the 1916 Rising Michael Mallin and Constance Markiewicz.
  • You can find bullet holes dating back to the 1916 Rising at the Fusilier’s Arch entrance and the northwest entrance to the park.
  • There are approximately 750 trees and shrubs in the 22-acre park, along with beds of tulips, geraniums, petunias, and more flowers and fauna.
  • The park has many statues of historical Irish figures, including literary genius James Joyce, rebel Theobald Wolfe Tone, and Arthur Guinness, who was born nearby.

What’s nearby?

Food: Shanahan’s on the Green, The Rolling Donut.

Drink: Kehoes, The Long Hall.

Other attractions: The Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, The National Library of Ireland.

Your questions answered about St. Stephen’s Green

Is St. Stephen’s Green worth visiting?

Absolutely! Entry to the park is completely free, and there is so much to see when you get there, from beautiful scenery to calming ponds and historic landmarks. Plus, there’s a  playground there too!

How long does a visit to St. Stephen’s Green take?

The average visit to the park takes two hours, but you can spend as long as you like in the park within its opening hours. It’s the perfect spot to meet for a catch-up or soak up some rays with a good book or podcast.

Is there parking available at St. Stephen’s Green?

Yes, there is a Qpark facility adjacent to the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, just a six-minute walk from the park. You can pre-book your space online.

Need to know anything else?

Address: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


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