St. Stephen's Green is a beautiful Victorian park area with 22 acres (9 hectares) of land for people to walk, talk and relax. It is situated at top of Grafton Street and provides locals and tourists alike with a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
St. Stephen's Green has been named after the nearby St. Stephen's Church; its Irish name is Faiche Stiabhna though the locals mostly just refer to it as 'The Green'.
The green was formally opened to the public in 1880 after Lord Ardilaun passed an Act of Parliament for the area to be controlled by the Board of Works rather than by Commissioners which ensured the reopening to the public.
Though this park offers a great place to relax any day of the week, it is particularly recommended after a long and tiring shopping trip to Stephen's Green Shopping Centre which is situated just outside the park on Grafton Street.
Within the park you can find a water fountain and a lake perfect for feeding the ducks and sunbathing – weather permitting, of course! The bandstand from 1887 is still in use today and during the summer months you can enjoy the many free concerts on offer.
Dotted throughout the park are statues of famous Irishmen such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats.
At the entrance to the St. Stephen's Green you will find the Fusilier's Arch which is a memorial to those who have died in the Anglo-Boer war.
The park offers over 3.5km of pathways so bring a couple of hours of time with you if you want to explore it properly!
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