The People’s Park
The People’s Park is near Dún Laoghaire town centre, between Glasthule and the Seafront. It was developed by the then Kingstown Town Commissioners towards the end of the 19th century in the formal Victorian style. It was enclosed by wrought iron railings and gates with the most prominent entrances off George”s Street and Queen”s Road.
Today it is a beautiful landscaped park, is open to locals and visitors alike. It comes alive every Sunday as market vendors bring their colourful collection of food and crafts to this most beautiful park. This, together with the very popular new playground and Tea Rooms contribute significantly to the popularity of the park.
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Exploring Dún Laoghaire’s People’s Park
Dún Laoghaire’s magnificent People’s Park is a beautifully landscaped oasis of calm a short stroll from Dún Laoghaire harbour. The park is popular with people of all ages and locals and visitors alike. Green, lush and well maintained gardens, a quaint tearoom, lovely fountains and a fun children’s’ playground make it a pleasant place to while away a sunny afternoon with the family.
The two hectare park is open to visitors every day but particularly comes to life every Sunday as the dlr COCo market vendors bring their colourful collections of arts, crafts and local produce to the park. Markets take place between 11am and 4pm every Sunday and offer shoppers an array of international flavours and artifacts with goods from around the world on offer – and of course lots of delicious locally grown organic Irish produce for sale as well.
The park’s playground provides a fun and safe place for kids to play and the elegant tearoom offers a quiet place to enjoy some relaxation and refreshments. Throughout the year the park is also a popular venue for live music acts and festivals.
The park was developed near the end of the 19th century by the town commissioners in the formal Victorian style, including wrought iron railings, stone walls, large gates and a covered bandstand typical of the Victorian era.
The main facilities of Dún Laoghaire’s People’s Park include:
- The Park lodge – an attractive Victorian gate lodge which was formerly a gardener’s residence. This building is now used as offices.
- The Victorian shelter – now the park’s splendid tearoom.
- Two cast iron fountains – an impressive feature of the park.
- The Victorian bandstand – fitted with original gaslight standards
- A garden for the blind with a safe walking trail
- A children’s playground
- Public toilets
The People’s Park is located very close to Dún Laoghaire town centre, between Glasthule and the seafront. The main park entrances are off George’s street and Queen’s road. There’s plenty of parking nearby and the park is accessible by train and local DART services.