War Memorial Gardens and IMMA

Location: Dublin.

Difficulty: Easy.

Time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Distance: 5km.

Equipment: Runners.

Families: Buggy friendly.

Rating: 5 stars.

This is a wonderful family walk. It is not a walk to do quickly. There is so much to admire that you could easily lose a few hours here. We parked on Sarsfield road to begin this walk. It’s free to park on a Sunday and surprisingly there was a good deal of street parking spaces available. We pieced a looped walk together that started with the war memorial gardens and then took in the grounds of IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). The war memorial gardens boasts majestic gardens and impressive granite temples, crosses and sculptures built in honour of the Irish soldiers that died in World War I. As we walked along the river Liffey that runs through the gardens, we admired the beautiful swans, cranes and mallards in the water. The river is also the training ground for UCD rowing club and the rowers are regularly in attendance, working together to propel their boats swiftly across the water. After the war memorial gardens we moved on to IMMA. Immediately we were taken with autumnal coloured tree-lined path leading up to the Museum. Various sculptures are dotted along this path so it took us some time to complete. We finished our walk with a visit to the pristine, symmetrical formal gardens before making our way back to the car. This walk is a must-do!

Dedication to Irish Soldiers killed in World War I
Our Route
Information board in War Memorial Gardens
The River Liffey
The majestic rose garden
The path to IMMA
The formal gardens at IMMA

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