Phoenix Park: your guide to Ireland’s largest city park

Phoenix Park is one unmissable Dublin attraction, and this is your bite-sized guide for visiting.

Phoenix Park: your guide to Ireland’s largest city park.
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The Phoenix Park in Dublin is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s best attractions since it is one of the largest parks in Europe, is home to a herd of free-roaming deer, and has great things to see and do.

So, whether you are a nature lover, a wildlife enthusiast, a history buff, or want to get active, Phoenix Park is the place to do it all.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Phoenix Park:

  • Pack comfortable footwear when planning to visit Phoenix Park because the large park has many areas to discover, and you can easily walk around here exploring all day.
  • Do not miss visiting Áras an Uachtaráin, known as the Irish White House. You can take a free tour of the president’s house every Saturday, all year round. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Keep an eye out for the famous free-roaming deer, a top attraction with visitors who love to watch the animals in their habitat. Please be mindful not to feed or disturb them.
  • One of the best ways to get around Phoenix Park is by bike, and you will find plenty of bike rental companies around Dublin, making it ultra-convenient.
  • Dublin Zoo is located within Phoenix Park, so allow plenty of time if you want to pop in to see the abundance of exotic animals.
  • Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead since the area has protected species.

Interesting facts about Phoenix Park:

  • The park was first established as a royal deer park and has witnessed significant events throughout the years, including the inaugurations of many Irish presidents.
  • Many of the park’s features are of Victorian influence, so keep your eyes peeled for monuments such as the Magazine Fort and the Victorian People’s Flower Gardens.
  • The Papal Cross is located in the heart of the park. This is where Pope John Paul II visited in 1979, an event attended by thousands from all over Ireland.
  • The park spans over 1,700 acres and features a visitors’ centre, public toilets, plenty of picnic areas, bicycle parking, water filling stations, woodland walks, and playgrounds.

What’s nearby?

Food: The Phoenix Café is located in the visitors’ centre and is ideal for coffee, local dishes, and snacks. The Victorian Tea Rooms offer a historical experience and freshly baked goods with a view. Farmleigh House Café is ideal for homemade treats.

Drink: There are plenty of great pubs near Phoenix Park for a refreshing pint and pub grub. We recommend The Bell Pub, The Brazen Head, and The Hole in the Wall.

Other attractions: Kilmainham Gaol is a historic prison turned museum. The Guinness Storehouse is an interactive brewery museum that is a must for beer lovers. The National Museum of Ireland is the country’s premier collection of art, culture, and history.

Your questions answered about Phoenix Park

Is there an entry fee?

No, there is no fee to enter the park.

Where can I park?

A few dedicated car parks are available, depending on which gate you enter from, so follow the signs.

How can I access Phoenix Park?

The park is just 3.5 km (2.1 miles) from Dublin city centre. It can be accessed by Dublin bus, and the Luas tram at Heuston red line stop.

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