This is a hidden gem in Blessington Street, Dublin City. It is also a place to enjoy some tranquillity, and bird watching, close to the centre of the city. The Basin is a municipal park that started life as a reservoir to serve the city in 1810. It is officially known as Blessington Basin, but locals call it The Basin! It is a quiet park that has a large, deep pond with pathways on all sides.
There is an island in the middle of the pond and beautiful plants and trees throughout. Therefore it attracts a variety of waterfowl as well as typical parkland birds and gulls. The main entrance is on Blessington Street and there is parking along the street. Check the signage as you will have to pay a fee! Sat Nav co-ordinates are 53.357039, -6.269024 .
It is only a 10 minute drive from Dublin Basin to the National Botanic Gardens.