Stroll at Your Leisure or Catch Some Bands in Dublin’s Parks and Dine Like the Lords and Ladies!


Iveagh Gardens

The beautiful Iveagh Gardens are approximately 25 minutes stroll through the city centre from The Clarence.

This summer expect acts such as Irish hero Christy Moore, Little Green Cars, The National and Birdy to hit the gardens this July (Christy Moore, July 11 / Little Green Cars, July 12 / The National, July 18-19 / Birdy July 20). We love a good outdoor show here, especially in the height of summer.

The gardens themselves were designed by Ninian Niven in 1863 and include a rustic grotto, cascade, fountains, maze, rosarium, archery grounds, wilderness and woodlands. They are among the finest and least known of Dublin’s parks and gardens, perfect for a wander, live shows or not. When the concert has ended or your stroll has come to a close, head over to food and cocktail bar Peruke & Periwig on Dawson Street, a short stroll around or through Stephen’s Green Park. Peruke & Periwig is an enchanting spot for a mid-afternoon cocktail or a delicious evening meal.

With a simple and tasty day and evening menu, Peruke & Periwig is an eclectic setting, climb their winding stairs that lead to dining rooms fit for the finest ladies and gentlemen. A theatre of cocktails awaits under the watchful eye of General Manager Robert Caldwell, who’s ingenious cocktail concoctions will delight and amaze before ever reaching the lips!

Iveagh Gardens, Clonmel Street, Dublin 2 

Tel + 353 1 475 7816 / info@heritageireland.ie 

Admission is free except for events

Tickets for all concerts available from www.ticketmaster.ie

Peruke & Periwig, 31 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Tel + 353 1 6727190




Marlay Park

If you fancy travelling further afield then you can venture out to Marlay Park (approx. 1 hr public transport/30 mins by car from the hotel). A beautiful parkland with plenty of walkways and kid’s activities, this summer Marlay Park also plays host to a stellar line up of music acts including hip-hop legends Kanye West and Pharrell who play a one-off show together on July 2.

The annual Longitude festival returns to the venue (July 18 – 20). The Longitude line up of acts includes Massive Attack, Haim, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, First Aid Kit, Hozier and many more. If you are taking in the walks of Marlay Park, rather than the big music concerts, and feel like taking in a very traditional Irish tourist experience, take a small detour and visit The Merry Ploughman, a staple on the Dublin tourist trail for many years.

The pub is owned by Irish musicians and as such they host plenty of Irish traditional music sessions and Irish dancing shows as well as a traditional Irish menu and good pints of Guinness.

Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 / Tel + 353 1 2054700

Admission is free except for events

Tickets for all concerts available from www.ticketmaster.ie

The Merry Ploughboy, Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Tel + 353 1 493 1495