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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.HistoryThe 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 John Scott, 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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  • That this place is a bid of a hidden gem (with stress on hidden) was made clear by the taxi driver who took us there: first he tried to drive us to a different part of Dublin, then he left us off at S...  more »
  • Iveagh Gardens is a very nice park which is a bit hidden out of Hartccourt, it is very nice and as it is both a bit out of the way and hidden it is way more quieter than St Stephen's Green or Merrion ...  more »
  • Beautiful cute little park, we stopped in after stroking around St. Stephen's. Unfortunately for us the fountains were turned off, but it was still quite enjoyable! 
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  • The "secret garden" in the centre of the city. A beautiful little oasis, lovely serene place to hang out. Never as busy as the nearby Stephens Green, which is much better known. There are all sorts of live events here through the summer, and it's a great music venue if you're lucky enough to see someone there.
  • One of Dublin's hidden treasures. Even a lot of Dubliners don't know where it is. Right in the centre of the city, yet you would not think so in this peaceful tranquil place. Worth going to... if you can find it!!!
  • Great place for a gig, price of beer was really good for a gig also. Nice place to escape the busy streets on days when the sun is shining and there are no gigs on here.
  • Nice and less crowed than it's neighbour St Stephen's Green. Worth a visit. Summer concerts here are amazing
  • Lovely quite park in the city centre. A nice break from the busy streets!