One of the greatest advantages of using a bus pass when you are in Dublin is the fact that you can go anywhere and everywhere in and around the city, without caring for anything else in the world besides what lies ahead.
One of the areas not often seen by tourists are the areas of Raheny and Clontarf, which hide a charming space in a former Guinness family estate. The spot is St. Anne’s Park, north of the Liffey.
Indeed, the park is situated in what used to be a 500-acre estate belonging to the Guinness family — yes, Arthur’s people.
St. Anne’s features many amenities including a duck pond, a lovely and extensive rose garden, The Red Stables (of art gallery & farmers’ market fame), woodlands for leisurely strolls, a golf course and playing fields among other things.
Should you happen to love roses and be in Dublin during the month of July, an annual rose festival takes place in the grounds with plenty of plants and flowers for show and for sale. Kiosks throughout the park during the festival make the ambience even livelier with plenty of arts & crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, and activities for young and old.
As already mentioned, the Tudor-styled Red Stables are located within the park, hosting day and residential artists’ studios from within Ireland and abroad. Not only can you get closer to nature and art while in St. Anne’s Park, but you can also appreciate suburbia with an Irish spin.