European Parks

May 24 of every year is European Day of Parks. So today we celebrate some of the European parks we love most. Enjoy these photos, then tell us which is your favourite European park and why!

 

We love…Phoenix Park, Dublin

Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland is one of the largest city parks in Europe. In 2012 it celebrated its 350th anniversary!

 

Phoenix Park in Dublin is  is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city.

Phoenix Park in Dublin is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city.

 

Around 30% of Phoenix Park is covered by trees, which provide stunning seasonal backdrops to the park.

Around 30% of Phoenix Park is covered by trees, which provide stunning seasonal backdrops to the park.

 

One of the most stunning historical links to the past is that Phoenix Park was originally conceived as a Royal Deer Park - the deer are still there today!

One of the most stunning historical links to the past is that Phoenix Park was originally conceived as a Royal Deer Park – the deer are still there today (perhaps not the original deer though!).

 

We love…Villa Borghese, Rome

Villa Borghese Gardens is the second largest public park in Rome, Italy. Originally a private vineyard, the Gardens are well over 400 years old.

 

Villa Borghese today contains a gallery, several Imperial Roman ruins, important attractions....and even a seasonal outdoor cinema!

Villa Borghese today contains a gallery, several Imperial Roman-style features (decorative only!), important attractions…and even a seasonal outdoor cinema!

 

Villa Borghese has stunning avenues of trees along its wide pathway which capture the sunlight beautifully.

Villa Borghese has stunning avenues of trees along its wide pathways which capture the sunlight beautifully.

 

We love…Kensington Gardens, London

Kensington Gardens in London is one of the Royal Parks. Once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, the gardens today are a beautiful 275 acre public park enjoyed by millions of people every year.

 

Kensington Gardens are around 280 years old and features many of London's iconic tourist scenes - Round Pond, the Peter Pan Statue and the Albert Memorial.

Kensington Gardens are around 280 years old and it features many of London’s iconic tourist scenes – Round Pond, the Peter Pan Statue, the Albert Memorial, and the Princess Diana Memorial.

 

Kensington Gardens' Round Pond features the stunning white swans - contrasting our black swans in Centennial Park!

Kensington Gardens’ Round Pond features the stunning white swans – contrasting our black swans in Centennial Park!

 

Kensington Gardens provides a beautiful natural space in the heart of one of the world's great cities.

Kensington Gardens provides a beautiful natural space in the heart of one of the world’s great cities.

 

We also love…

These are just three European parks that we love. In reality, however, how can you possibly stop there. Europe is full of stunning parks – just think about such iconic places such as:

…and we could go on.

So tell us then, what is your favourite European park – and why?

Happy European Day of Parks!

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European parks certainly provide stunning scenes, but sometimes a photo snapped in Centennial Parklands reminds us what we have right here in Sydney. This photo that was tweeted to us yesterday by Sydney Morning Herald photographer, Dallas Kilponen (‏@pelagicpictures).

 

We recommend you jump on Twitter and give Dallas a well done for this shot!

Great shot Dallas – thumbs up from us! (Image courtesy Dallas Kilponen/Fairfax Media)

 

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