8 Parks to explore in Leinster
Leinster is one of the provinces of Ireland, situated in the southeast and east of Ireland. The ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial purposes. In later centuries, local government legislation has prompted further sub-division of the historic counties.
Donadea Forest Park is situated in northwest Kildare and comprises of approximately 243 hectares of mixed woodland. It is part of the old Aylmer family estate. There are many historical features including the remains of the castle, walled gardens, church, tower, ice house, boat house and Lime Tree Avenue.
A beautiful 20 acre public park established in 1995, which includes mature trees, possibly relics of the demesne. The parkland itself dates from the 17th century and contains a double-vaulted ice chamber. The restoration works included the integration of the parkland edge with the surrounding neighbourhood, the undergrounding of overhead cables and the construction of an ornamental boundary railing.
Visit the unique Heritage Site in Jerpoint Park and enjoy a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th Century Medieval town dating back to 1200AD. One of Ireland's best examples of a deserted 12th Century medieval town', a quote from The Heritage Council of Ireland. It was founded by either Earl Marshall or Griffin Fitzwilliam in 12th century, just west of the Cistercian Abbey, where the main crossing of the River Nore was formed by a tole paying bridge.
This beautiful Kilkenny Castle Parkland boasts both formal and informal gardens. Set in Kilkenny City, the estate overlooks the Nore River and includes mature trees and shrubs as well as an ornamental lake. It includes all the walled demesne parkland to the south of Kilkenny Castle and the formal terraced gardens to the north comprising a total of 50 acres. Today it is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle.
A beautiful public park situated in the centre of Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. The park includes a wide variety of playgrounds, a swimming pool and a large pond near the centre. On 22 July 2016, the park became one of 22 public spaces in Ireland to be awarded a Green Flag.
The town park is located in an important strategic position within the town with entrances from Main Street and Cormac Street. There are so many things to see and do here and also it offers a beautiful nature walk also.
Ward River Valley Park is a park in Ireland and has an elevation of 23 metres. Ward River Valley Park is situated west of The Old Vicarage, close to Kim Archibold Memorial. There are viewing points, picnic sites and sports pitches, Swords Town Park which includes a playground and tennis courts and Swords Castle forms part of this park.
A beautiful park which was opened in May of 1931 as a memorial for Wexford-born politician and soldier, Major Willie Redmond. The park has a number of benches and picnic tables; including this make-shift chair, which was carved from the stump of a tree.