St. Anne's Park, Dublin, 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.HistoryThe 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 has it all: lovely playground for kids, picnic tables just outside the playground, small caffe, small pond... the area of the park is huge and at some stage you can feel like you have left t...  more »
  • Been there twice before but never explored it. It's a little gem in Clontarf and you can get "lost in it". I saw another piece of the park that I haven't seen before and it's worth it. There is a part...  more »
  • Great place for a walk and have a look around. Theres a nice rose garden and plenty of places to sit and have a picnic or kick a gaa ball around.  more »
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  • It's great for all aged children they'll have a ball .
  • Really nice place for roller skating.
  • Great plays for families with small kids.