Situated in the beautiful South Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge, Herbert Park is 32 Acres in size divided into two sections by the intersecting Herbert Park Road. The marshy patch of ground that Herbert Park stands on was known previously as the Forty Acres.
The area has an extensive history, going right back to the early thirteenth century when it was owned by the Priory of All Hallows, an Augustinian foundation.
The park was originally part of the Fitzwilliam Estate for centuries long until being inherited by the 11th Earl of Pembroke in 1816. The Earl handed it over to the Pembroke Urban District Council so it could be developed into a public park, and as a thank you it was named after his father, Sidney Herbert.
In the larger half of the park (on the south side of the road) is where the large duck pond proudly sits surrounded by meandering tree-lined pathways. The smaller of the two playgrounds is here along with lovely formal gardens and several soccer pitches. The River Dodder hugs the outskirts of the park’s border and a lovely Gazebo sits in the North East corner of the park at one of the entrances.
The smaller northern half is home to the newly revamped children's playground. It really is a fantastic playground, one of the best within close proximity to the City Centre. It is very well equipped and has separate areas for both younger and older children. The senior area has a large multi-use play structure, multiple climbing frames, swings and slides. The junior area has two multi-play units, more swings, seesaws, roundabouts and springers. There is a really unique bird sculpture sure to get the children’s inquisitive minds exploring and the toddlers will love the little sandpit for digging and building sandcastles. There are a number of tennis courts and the bowling green of Herbert Park Bowling Club also in this section of the park.
A full circuit of the park's perimeter is almost exactly one mile and regularly used by runners and walkers alike. The park is home to 'The Hive' where you can rent space for meetings, yoga, pilates, dance, drama and other activities. The pond is not just home to the ducks but has become a breeding ground for carp (some growing up to 2 feet in length) and has also been known to be the site for model boat races on good weekend mornings.
This is a very popular spot for families, workers enjoying an al fresco lunch and sports enthusiasts. It also hosts regular events throughout the year.
free of charge
10am to Sunset
Located just 15 minutes drive from the hotel.
Public transport can also be taken, our front desk staff will be able to guide you on these.