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Parks and recreation – legendary walks and scintillating refreshments in Dublin

October 4, 2013

Dublin holds a special place in our hearts as it is where a pair of our dearest friends call home. The abundance of greenery, pubs and being the home of Guinness make it a wonderful city to visit. In this post we highlight some of our favorite parks and a wonderful cocktail joint in the infamous temple bar area.

 

A pair of parks

The Glasnevin Cemetery, or more often called Prospect Cemetery, sits side by side to the National Botanic gardens.

Prospect Cemetery

Although it might seem odd to call a cemetery a park, you will quickly see what I mean when you stroll through this place of calm and serenity. Surrounded by gaelic crosses and greenery, the cemetery made for a wonderful stroll. As we explored, we examined intricate designs and discussed how the shifting earth made for a terrible foundation. However, it did provide an beautiful landscape of tilting headstones.

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National Botanic Gardens

During our visit, a gate between the cemetery and the park was in construction, aiming to spare visitors from going around. Since we lacked the tools to cut a hole in the fence and too chicken to climb it, we had to walk all along the cemetery walls in order to exit the cemetery and enter the botanic gardens. You should have better luck… The botanic gardens boast some beautifully designed, historic glass houses and a garden of luscious vegetables.

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Phoenix park

This park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe at 707 ha. Although it’s a few kilometers outside of central Dublin, it makes for a nice retreat from city life. While we were there, we are greeted with a plant sale in the Farmleigh area, displaying beautiful flowers and other local plants. Right next to the markets, there was a beautiful garden and greenhouse, showing off some of the splendor of the Farmleigh estate.

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Recreation at the Vintage Cocktail Club (VCC)

The VCC is styled after a 1920s speakeasy bar. An unassuming entrance, the VCC will only let you in after buzzing and introducing yourself. Please make a reservation if you want to have a table, unless you plan on getting tipsy on a Sunday afternoon. Which we did of course. Cocktails are pricey, but absolutely delicious…

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