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 (the largest municipal park is nearby (North) Bull Island, also shared between Clontarf and Raheny). 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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  • St Anne's Park once was once the grounds of a great house, which is long gone, providing livelyhoods to many living in its surrounds. Now it is a public park providing a much loved amenity to the imme...  more »
  • Very big park where you can walk with pets, cycling, skateboarding, running etc. Some festivals take place in park during the year. There are interesting Chinese garden and rose garden. 
  • A great place to spend a sunny day with your family or with friends. The Park is very large and neatly manicured. We walked with sidecar and almost have not experienced the inconvenience of passing baby carriages in some areas. The park itself is divided into separate areas, where everyone can find a secluded place. Meals can be both bring and buy at a local fair or book at a local bar. Benches and picnic tables are comfortable and do not interfere with the neighbors. You can grab a blanket, as we do, and will be on a soft lawn. At the fair you can purchase as a bouquet of fresh flowers (inexpensive) and vegetables, bread (expensive) and try the hot food. The most delicious Chinese dumplings we tried there and definitely still come back.
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