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Open House Dublin: Irish National War Memorial Gardens


Free of charge


Tour times: 10.00 – 10.45, 11.00 – 11.45, 13.00 – 13.45, 14.00 – 14.45


Irish National War Memorial Gardens

War memorial gardens entrance

Guided tours organised as part of Open House Dublin

These gardens in Islandbridge, a Dublin suburb, 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. The name of every single soldier is contained in the sumptuously illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the granite bookrooms. Irish National War Memorial Gardens are not only a place of remembrance; they are also of great architectural interest and beauty. The great Sir Edwin Lutyens designed them. 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 makes it a perfect place in which to relax and reflect.

The guided tour will feature the pavilions (Ginchy Cross room, Museum room, and book rooms) sunken rose gardens and temple.

Meeting point The Temple.

No Booking Required.


Wheelchair accessible

This is an outdoor visit meeting. Be weather prepared.


Dublin 8
D08 T20W

01 677 0095 (Guided Tours) / 01 475 7816 (Grounds)

Getting Here

Located on South Circular Rd, Islandbridge. Entrance from Con Colbert Rd. and South Circular Rd. (Phoenix Park end)

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