These gardens in Islandbridge are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe. They are dedicated to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the First World War and the name of every single soldier is contained in the sumptuously illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the four granite bookrooms set within the garden.
These gardens are not only a place of remembrance; they are also of great architectural interest and beauty, designed by the renowned architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Lutyens was a prolific garden designer, especially of war memorials, but nonetheless lent his expertise to only four gardens in Ireland.
Sunken rose gardens, herbaceous borders and extensive tree-planting make for an enjoyable visit in any season. The solemn, serene atmosphere of this elegant garden, set alongside the River Liffey, makes it a perfect place in which to relax and reflect.
You can also continue your walk along the River Liffey to Chapelizod.