A solitary verdant islet embraced by a miniature lake. Herons, ducks and swans socialize and saunter under a choir of smaller avian inhabitants. Mature waterside trees, tall reeds and flowering topiary compete wildly for space in this secret garden sanctuary.
No, its not some country estate. If you walk past the dense dark-brick properties of Georgian Dublin to the top of North Frederick Street and Dorset Street and turn right – you will be greeted by a serendipitous sight.
Measuring 0.75 hectares and less than one kilometre from O’Connell street, the Blessington Street Basin lives up to its street name as it greets you with a gated green haven amidst the metropolitan hurly burly nearby. Initially a city reservoir served by Lough Owel in 1910, its waters then flowed into the Smithfield whiskey distilleries in 1868 before its reincarnation into a delightful public amenity in the 90s.
Replete with benches and a walkway encircling an intimate body of water , it’s the perfect pitstop from the urban jungle.
Once in a while, it’s possible to stumble upon something quite exquisite amidst the grime and cacophony of this Fair city. The city never fails to deliver its special brand of Romance every time you discover another of its urban oases.
Location: top of Blessington Street Dublin 7
How much: Free- its yours taxes paid for it
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm