The Dubh Linn Gardens at Dublin Castle

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, January 2013

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While visitors to Dublin flock to marvel at the historic grounds of Dublin Castle, few take the time to wander the castle gardens, a pocket of tranquility despite their central location, and a popular picnic spot for locals in the know. Tucked behind Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library, the Dubh Linn Gardens are set on what was once the city’s namesake. Dubh Linn (now, of course, Dublin), meaning ‘Black Pool’, was named for the small harbor that once lay in this spot. In Celtic and Viking times, it was this pool – now relegated to an underground canal – that filled the moat of Dublin Castle and provided fresh drinking water to the surrounding encampments.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Dublin Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Dublin.

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