Not as crowded as its brother – St. Stephen’s Green – Herbert Park is on my opinion an ideal city getaway, located at only a 20 minutes walk from the heart of town and popular among people who have a job nearby – for instance, my work mates are training there every for a corporate rugby competition or taking part in a yoga session after work. This park is also great for a casual walk or a run, has tennis courts, cricket pitch, football fields, casual places for a family picnic and holds local events from time to time as well.
Herbert Park was officially opened to the public in 1907 and since then it’s been a great place to relax, very close to the busy life of Dublin city. I usually start my trip through it from the eastern entrance, right in front of the duck pond. Do not think that the poor ducks are starving here, I made this mistake once in the past and saw how people bring so much bread along with them that the puffy creatures do not eat it anymore. It is a great walk, either during the week or on a weekend, especially if the weather is nice!