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St Anne's Guided Walk

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The Red Stables, Clontarf, Dublin,
E: info@stanneswalk.com

Enjoy a 5km guided walk through St. Anne’s Park and discover its history since 1835, the Guinness family, follies and more.

The tours will start at the site of an old mansion with a full Guinness family history including visuals. From there the tour continues along the many hidden tree lined walkways, visiting the follies created by them and learning about the history.

Guests will see the tree of life, North Bull Island and influences of Captain William Bligh (HMS Bounty 1798). The tour will finish just off the main avenue in the Walled Gardens, visiting the stunning Shell House, the internationally renowned rose gardens and back to the beautiful Red Stables.

The gardens of St. Anne's became well known throughout Ireland and Britain and were visited by Queen Victoria on her official state visit to Ireland in 1900.
The construction of the follies at St. Anne's reflect the trends of the 19th century when aristocrats returned from the 'Grand Tour of Europe' visiting the ruins of the Continent and desiring to replicate the romantic settings as well as to illustrate status, education and wealth.

The survival of the collection of features is the last remaining example of an Irish demesne landscape in the capital city. The early development of the park coincided with the Guinness family's sudden rise in profits following Sir Arthur's exporting of his famous stout to England in 1825. The park symbolised the power and wealth of this family in British and Irish society.

There is free parking for cars and bikes, and guests can also take the 130 Dublin Bus which stops outside The Red Stables.