Herbert Park

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Image of bench in Herbert Park

Address: Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Phone: 01-6684364
Area: Southeast
Category: Southside Neighbourhood parks
Enquiries: (01) 222 5278


Herbert Park is named after Sidney Herbert (1810-1861), the father of the Earl of Pembroke who, in 1903, offered the site to Pembroke Urban District Council for development as a public park.  The famous Dublin International Trades Exhibition was held on the site in 1907, housing exhibits from the British Empire (including a complete Somalia village).  Thereafter the lands were developed as a public park.  The existing duck pond was constructed for the exhibition of 1907 to house the 'Canadian Waterchute', but little else remains of the original buildings.

Taken over by Dublin Corporation in 1932 the 13 hectares (32 acres), are a fine example of how a relatively small park can provide a variety of amenities such as football, tennis, boules, croquet and children's play area, while at the same time fulfilling an important conservational role in the heart of the city. Recent developments in 2007 have been the addition of a new children's playground and an all weather multi use pitch.

Herbert Park Conservation Management Plan


Presentation to Park User Group :

Click here to read the presentation by Park Services to the Herbert Park User Group regarding the proposed improvement works scheduled for Herbert Park.

Herbert Park - History of a  Landscape

Herbert Park, situated in  Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is one of the most popular parks in the city. Located in an area which has a long history dating from Donnybrook  Fair in 1204  and  comprising an area of marshy ground close to the River Dodder which was originally known as the ‘Forty Acres’.

Please click here to read a document that chronicles the History of the Local Landscape over the centuries outlining some of the significant events during the period in both words and pictures.

Playground Renewal at Broc Cottages, Herbert Park

Please click here to see the proposed layout of Upgraded Playground in Herbert Park.  The playground has been designed by Play and  Leisure Services, a  company with expertise in this area and was selected following a competitive tender process.

The play area will comprise of play elements to meet the needs of 2 to 7 year olds including a broad range of play equipment,  seats and picnic benches. The surfacing has been designed to meet child safety requirements and will include play grade chippings, grass,  grass rubber matting to  maximise the play potential of the  site.

It is anticipated that works will commence in the next six to eight weeks. For further information please e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie or Tel: 01-2225278.

Herbert Park - 100 years

2011 marked the 100 year anniversary of Herbert Park having been originally opened in 1911 on the same  site of the Dublin International Exhibition of 1907.

The leaflet ‘Herbert Park – 100 years’, which is available to download below, marks this anniversary by chronicling the history of the park from it’s inception to the present day. The centenary of the park opening was also celebrated by various events which were held in the park on Sunday 21st August 2011.


Jogging/Walking in Herbert  Park

The length of the walking/jogging circuit around  Herbert Park is 1,570metres (approx.), as per map click here

Park users who wish to jog or walk in the park must respect other park users when using the path network and in particular when coming into contact with the elderly, parents with young children and dog walkers.

There is also a charge and a permit required  for organised, commercial group fitness activities in the park. This permit can be received by completing the application form which is available to download here. Please complete application form and e-mail to: parks@dublincity.ie
All permot application forms must be accompanied by a Public Liability Insurance Certificate.  

For more information

Parks & Landscapes Services Division
Block 4, Ground Floor,
Civic Offices,
Fishamble Street
Dublin 2

Enquiries: (01) 222 5278
Email: parks@dublincity.ie