Iveagh Gardens

Designed by Ninian Niven in 1865, but with a history dating back over three hundred years, the Iveagh Gardens are located close to St Stephen’s Green Park in Dublin city centre.

From modest beginnings as an earl’s lawn, the gardens went on to host the splendour of the Dublin Exhibition Palace in 1865. Many of the original landscape features are still in place, or have been restored and conserved since 1995. These include the yew maze, the rosarium, and the fountains. The cascade in particular is a stunning spectacle in summer. Iveagh Gardens are popularly known as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’.

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Link to the Presentation briefing from the online meeting on the 10th of July 2024



The OPW undertook a review of events in the Iveagh Gardens in late 2023.

Over 1,200 members of the public took part in the public consultation and we wish to thank them for their valuable input.

Through analysis of these submissions, a number of key themes were identified including accessibility, green spaces, frequency of events, opening hours and park facilities.

See link below to view the Public Consultation Analysis 2023.

Pubic Consultation Analysis 2023 Iveagh Gardens (PDF)

Green Flag

Iveagh Gardens has been awarded a Green flag 2022-2023 which is an international bench marking standard for parks and green spaces. More information from greenflagaward.org

Please note the use of drones is NOT permitted in Iveagh Gardens.

Plan a Visit

Opening hours, location, transport and more.


Modern and historical images of the gardens.

Learn More

Read about the history of the gardens.

Apply for a Permit

Apply online for event, photography, or filming permits.

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