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Status: Construction (Phase 1) & Tender (Phase 2)


For general information relating to Fernhill, please click on the following link - https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/fernhill-park-and-gardens


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are in the process of developing Fernhill Park & Gardens as a Regional Public Park. Fernhill Estate was acquired by the Council in late 2014 with a view to developing it as a Regional Public Park. Following a comprehensive feasibility study and public consultation process in 2016, plans for the development of Fernhill as a sustainable regional park were approved by the Councillors at the September 2017 County Council meeting. To view the Masterplan and other approved plans & reports, please click on this link –


In the design and development of Fernhill, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have developed the following aims & objectives;

  • To develop Fernhill Park and Gardens as a high quality sustainable Regional Public Park.  
  • To conserve, restore and enhance the plant collections and gardens in a sensitive and sustainable manner in line with its ICOMOS designation. 
  • To conserve and protect the natural heritage, the flora and fauna of the site.
  • To conserve and restore the built heritage including Fernhill House and provide suitable, sympathetic and sustainable uses for the properties in the setting of the public park and gardens.
  • To ensure the natural character and topography of the site is protected in its setting and proximity to the Dublin Mountains.  
  • To ensure sustainable innovative proposals and green principles are at the core of the project.
  • To ensure that interventions in the landscape are deliberate and at an appropriate scale to provide aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces.
  • To ensure a suitable range of visitor facilities are provided including opportunities for play, active and passive recreation.
  • To ensure there are extensive opportunities for community engagement and education throughout the park and gardens.
  • To ensure the park is designed to cater for existing and future needs of its users and adequate provision is made for the use of SMART technologies to improve visitor facilities and experience.  
  • To ensure the Right of Way is maintained, enhanced and developed as an integral part of the park while strengthening the link to the mountains


Much of phase 1 works are complete with other elements on-going. Phase 1 works consists of the installation of paths in the front meadow, tree surgery works, the restoration of the Broadwalk, the construction of a new pedestrian entrance at the Belarmine Roundabout, fencing enclosure works around the front meadow, undergrounding of ESB lines in the rear fields, fencing works to the gardens, upgrading and restoration of the Right of Way, surveys, detail design and technical studies in preparation for later phases of the project.


The new pedestrian entrance at the Belarmine Roundabout has created a strong presence for the park along the Enniskerry Road. It is also a very convenient pedestrian connection with the local residential areas and the village of Stepaside. The concept for the design was informed by the historic estate and the distinct local, rural landscape. The emphasis of the project is on the usage of the highest quality local materials and the best traditional craftsmanship. This new intervention aims to stitch seamlessly into the fabric of the old estate while acknowledging its place in the 21st Century. The detail of the entrance is a celebration of all the craftsmanship and materials evident in the estate and local area.


Detail design for phase 2 is complete with works scheduled to commence in Summer 2019 (subject to confirmation of funding). These works include a new entrance and signalised junction at Rosemont School, a shared surface avenue, car parking, playing pitch and running path/track, wind turbines, sports pavilion, paths, tree and shrub planting.


A Sustainable Development Strategy has been developed with a focus on community participation, water minimisation, water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy supply, natural play, ecology and biodiversity, flood attenuation, use of the natural resources and the general ‘light touch’ approach to the development of the site. This report will be published in due course.


Fernhill is now open to pedestrians 7 days a week from 9am – 6pm during the months of  May and June and 9am – 9pm during July and August.  Access is through the pedestrian entrance at the Belarmine Roundabout. There is no car parking available.