Phoenix Park covers over 700 hectares and is now the largest urban park in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting park in the 1660s but was opened to the public in 1747. With such a huge space, there are a number of things to do as you explore the park.
The park still contains a herd of fallow deer and is the site of Dublin Zoo, the Peoples Gardens and Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland. There are a number of recreational facilities throughout the park including football, GAA and cricket pitches as well as polo grounds. There is also the Papal Cross, erected for the visit of Pope John Paul II, and the Wellington monument which are both particularly popular attractions with locals and tourists alike.
There is a bike hire located at the Parkgate entrance of the Phoenix Park for anyone who is interested in taking a relaxing cycle through the park.
Áras an Uachtaráin is open Saturdays only. Free admission tickets are issued at The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on the day on a first come, first served basis. Tour times are: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30.
The Phoenix Park is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, all year round. The main gates of the Park at Parkgate Street and Castleknock Gate are open 24 hours. The side gates to the Park are open from 7am until 11pm.
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Tel: +353 (0)1 677 0095 (Visitor Centre)
Hop off the CityScape Tour at: Stop 3 Phoenix Park (see Route Map)