Ranelagh Gardens

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Address: Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
Phone: 01-6684364
Area: Southeast
Category: Historic and Heritage Park
Enquiries: (01)222 5278


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Located in Ranelagh and extending to 1 hectare (2.47 acres), the gardens were originally part of 5 hectares of pleasure gardens developed in 1775 by a businessman who called them after Lord Ranelagh from Co. Wicklow.  Lord Ranelagh had similar pleasure gardens beside the Thames in London.  The first hot air balloon flight in Ireland was launched from the pleasure gardens by Richard Crosbie.  The gardens were later sold to a teaching order of nuns and in 1840 the convent there became totally enclosed and the gardens forgotten.

When the lands were developed for housing in the mid 1980's, the current small park was designed to include an ornamental pool thereby restoring the two-hundred years historical connection with the original Ranelagh Gardens.

Ranelagh Gardens Park Update 31/10/17:

It is proposed to commence work over the coming weeks to implement a planting programme which will enhance the park and improve the range  of habitats and biodiversity.

The works will include planting to improve the entrance from Ranelagh Road, create a bird friendly zone,  new island and pond planting, replacement tree planting.

For more detail on the proposed works please click here.

Ranelagh Gardens  Park:

Following an initial site meeting held in Ranelagh Gardens Park on the 30th October 2013 to discuss measures which could be undertaken  to improve the public’s enjoyment of the park a follow up meeting was held in the Ranelagh Arts Centre on  the 20th February 2014.

A Presentation  was made by Parks Services at the meeting of Draft Concepts  for improving the park. To view the presentation please click  here, to view the minutes of the meeting click here. A Liaison Group was also appointed at the meeting  to progress the Draft Concepts and future meetings will be held over the coming months with a view to making a presentation to another public meeting in approximately 3 months.

If there are any comments you wish to make on the draft concepts please forward them to parks@dublincity.ie

New Playground for Ranelagh Gardens Park

Please click here to see the proposed layout for a new  play area in Ranelagh  Gardens Park.  The playground has been designed by KOMPAN Ireland, an internationally recognised 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  to animate the site and will include play grade chippings, grass, coloured rubber surfacing,  grass rubber matting and include ground contouring 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.

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