Once a marshy commons on the edge of Dublin, St. Stephen's Green has emerged as one of the most popular places in the city to enjoy fresh air in the afternoon sunshine. First enclosed in 1664, the park has a fascinating history that includes public hangings in the 18th century and the Easter Rising of 1916. The park is also home to some beautiful examples of 18th and 19th century Georgian architecture and most of the buildings on St. Stephen's Green are historic. The park is home to several unique places to visit including a garden for the blind with scented plants, which can withstand handling, and are labelled in Braille, the Yeats Memorial Garden complete with a sculpture by Henry Moore, and several other sections filled with historically significant busts and statues.
A favorite place in the park is a large lake filled with several species of duck, that love to be fed by the tourists and picnicers that visit each day. The largest lake in St Stephen's Green is crossed by O'Connell Bridge, the second bridge in the city to be so named and it is fronted with a delightful gazebo. The park is very popular at lunchtime, when students and workers and shoppers take time to enjoy all the beauty that St. Stephen's Green has to offer.