Travel Destinations and Photo Spots
This urban park was originally built as the Royal George Reservoir in 1810 along the Royal canal. The reservoir stored and provided water to the North Dublin City area until 1865 and to distilleries such as Jameson’s until the late 1970’s.
After the 1970’s it was opened as a public park under the name of Blessington Street Basin but soon began to decay and the structures within started to crumble. In 1993 the refurbishment of the park commenced it was reopened to the public in 1994. The gate built within the stone wall gives you a view of the water and the birds sitting on the fence inside.
Today the park is teeming with birds and fish whose habitat consists of the large body of water that fills the majority of the park. An artificial island exists in the centre of the water and this is the completing feature of the former reservoir. Ducks and swans can both be seen in the water with the surrounding shrubbery and flowers under constant maintenance.
A Tudor style lodge can be found on the grounds with surrounding flowerbeds and plants as seen in the photo below. Along your walk inside the park you can stop and sit down on the black metal benches that are dotted around the perimeter.
Pigeons have made the fence on the far side of the water their perching ground so beware of the slippery floor that is around them.
The park is located at the top of Blessington Street and is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from The Spire on O’Connell Street. If you find yourself in the city centre then go check this spot out