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The land used for the park was given to the city by the Earl of Pembroke whose family name was Herbert. In 1907, the World Fair known as the Irish International Exhibition was held in Ballsbridge. When the structures had been dismantled, the site was developed as the current public park, with the bandstand and pond being the only remaining structures from the time.
Herbert Park was chosen as the location for the Irish International Exhibition held in 1907. The park, then comprising just over fifty-two acres, stretched from Ballsbridge to Morehampton Road. Most of the land consisted of farmland but it did include a large naturally wooded area, which had been presented to the Pembroke Urban District Council by the Earl of Pembroke to commemorate the coming of age of his son, Lord Herbert.
£150,000 was raised for the staging of the exhibition. The main industrial hall alone covered over two acres and consisted of a central octagonal court, with a dome 150 feet high and 80 feet in diameter, surrounded by four rectangular buildings. The only constructions relating to this period which remain are the bandstand and the pond. During the exhibition, the latter formed part of a "Canadian water-chute" (the steps at the westerly end were formerly the site of the chute).
Today the park is thirty-two acres in extent and, apart from the pond and many attractive tree and flower-lined walkways, is home to a number of recreational activities. There are three Dublin City Council pitches for soccer and Gaelic games. The public tennis courts offer very reasonably priced tennis on a first-come basis to all. In addition there are private bowling and croquet clubs.
Facilities in the park
The park is thirty-two acres in size and is in two halves, divided by a road, also called Herbert Park. A full circuit of the park's perimeter is almost exactly one mile, a fact used by runners and walkers to measure their progress. The larger half, on the south side of the road, and which is also bounded by the River Dodder houses a number of soccer pitches, formal gardens, and a large duck pond. The northern half is home to a public children's playground, a number of tennis courts, and the bowling green of Herbert Park Bowling Club. The following list provides an overview of all facilities in Herbert Park:
- Band performances
- Floral schemes
- Leisure walks
- River pool sea
- Sports fields
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For more information
You can contact our offices or get information about Herbert Park in the tourist info points located in O'Connell street.
Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Phone: +353 (01) 668-4364; for enquiries: +353 (01) 222-5278