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5 best Dublin parks you & your students can picnic in

One of the best things about Dublin is its many parks. There are over 100 parks in the city covering 1,500 hectares. This includes the biggest city park in Europe – The Phoenix Park which itself has one of the oldest zoos in the world and the tallest obelisk in Europe. With so many parks to choose from, we wanted to recommend five of the best; places where you and your students can have their packed lunch after a day of learning English at our city centre school


Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (3.1km from City Language School)

Herbert Park is in a very posh part of the city between Ballsbridge and Donnybrook and as such is very well-kept. With all weather football pitches, tennis courts, a small lake and lots of green space this is a great location for an afternoon picnic before you continue on to check out nearby Sandymount or play a game of football in the park itself. There are lots of buses you can take from right outside our school door that will take you to Herbert Park but you can also walk it and enjoy the sites of Georgian Dublin on the way.



St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 (850 mts from City Language School)

This famous city centre park is always worth a visit and on sunny days it is packed with people. There is plenty of space to hang out and it is a great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the street for an hour. If you’re lucky, there will be a brass band playing in the bandstand. It is really close to our school in Dame Street.

Stephen\'s Green Picnic


Blessington Basin, Dublin 1 (2kms from City Language School)

Shhh! This is a bit of a secret. It is not very green but it is very quiet and if you need somewhere with a bit space and need it quickly this is the place to go. Keep this spot in mind if you are visiting the Hugh Lane Gallery with groups.



Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2 (1.6kms from City Language School)

Hidden behind high walls, there are many people who have lived their whole lives in Dublin and never been to these gardens. They are simple and central and an ideal place to sit down and chill out after a long day of learning English.



Oscars Secret, Co Dublin (About 32kms from Dublin)

There is one park that is so special and precious to us that we won’t tell you where it is unless you come to visit us in Dublin. Sorry but it is just too fantastic to splash all over the web. When you get here, ask us about Oscars Secret Park and we will be happy to tell you – we will even arrange a bus. Here’s a clue – it’s a good place to stop off on the way to or way back from Belfast. In the meantime, here’s a picture…