Dublin’s Secret Garden at Blessington Basin: Dublin, County Dublin


Blessington Basin - Photo by Corey Taratuta

Opened in the 1810 to provide clean water to Dublin’s north side, the basin was officially named the Royal George Reservoir in honor of King George III. Water was piped two miles from County Westmeath along the Royal Canal, and in its day, the basin provided water to the Jameson and Power’s distilleries.

The park is 80% water and peaceful pedestrian paths and benches are relegated to the perimeter, which allows wildlife to outnumber people. The entire walled park was renovated in the mid-1990s and includes plantings, artwork and a bird sanctuary.

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog. His writing appears on www.Lonely Planet.com and www.WanderingEducators.com, he has been nominated for Irish Blog and Web Awards, and his Irish travel program ranks in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

4 Responses

  1. pattirose March 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    can i walk there from Trinity Hall?

    • Corey Taratuta March 28, 2013 at 2:33 am #

      I’m guessing you mean Trinity College. It’s walkable… I’ve done it several times. Here’s the route via Google Maps… http://goo.gl/maps/XvXjZ

      • pattirose April 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

        yes I did mean Trinity College, thank you.

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