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St Stephen's Green

Opened in 1880 as a grand Georgian park to be enjoyed by the people of Dublin, on sunny summer days St Stephen’s Green gets packed with families and groups of friends relaxing by the lake. 

A walk around the 22-acre park is like a mini lesson on Irish history’s most celebrated figures. Fittingly for a park that was funded by the Guinness fortune, the grandest statue of all is that of Arthur Guinness. Look out for the bust of James Joyce by the bandstand, and in the northeast corner of the park, see Edward Delaney’s bronze memorial of the Great Famine of 1845-1850. By the central flower display, see the park bench where a modest plaque is dedicated to Dublin’s so-called ‘fallen women’ who were forced to work in the city’s Magdalene laundries.

Surrounded by elegant Georgian buildings, St Stephen’s Green wasn’t always so impressive—this was once a dangerous, marshy common that hosted public whippings, burnings and even hangings right up until the 18th century. 

The main entrance to the park is through Fusiliers’ Arch, at the top of lively Grafton Street, which was erected in 1907 as a memorial to the 202 Royal Dublin Fusiliers who were killed while fighting for the British in the Second Boer War.

Practical Info

In the heart of Dublin, St Stephen’s Green is open all year. To get there, take the tram to the St Stephen’s Green stop.

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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 675 Reviews

Explore Dublin's historic buildings and vibrant nightlife with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Valid for 2 consecutive days you have plenty of time to see the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $22.40

Dublin Freedom Pass: Transport and Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Use the Dublin Freedom Pass to travel around the city and sightsee with ease. Valid for 72 hours from first use, the handy transport and sightseeing pass ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $37.33

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Make your own sightseeing itinerary with a 2-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket in Dublin. Use your ticket on two different bus routes, which cover a combined ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Varies

Original - Purple Route Duration 1hr 30mins - Docklands - Pink Route Duration 30 mins

From USD $23.64

Dublin Viking Duck Tour

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Enjoy banter and history in equal measures on this 75-minute duck tour of Dublin, led by a friendly and knowledgeable local guide! Packed with entertaining ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.38

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