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The Iveagh Gardens, located behind the National Concert Hall, are a hidden gem among Dublin's parks and gardens. Designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 as the grounds for the Dublin Exhibition Palace, the gardens were intended to be a space where citizens could enjoy rational amusement blended with instruction.

The gardens are home to a unique collection of features, including rustic grottos, sunken formal panels of lawn with fountain centrepieces, woodlands, a maze, a rosarium, the American garden, rockeries, and archery grounds. This tranquil oasis of beauty, just a stone's throw from the city centre, is among the finest but least known of Dublin's parks and gardens, making it the capital's best-kept secret.