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Phoenix Park and Biodiversity Centre

Where Dublin goes to breathe

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Phoenix Park and Biodiversity Centre

Where Dublin goes to breathe

See all opening times


Free admission

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Dublin 8
D08 Y304

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Phoenix Park and Biodiversity Centre

The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe, at more than 700 hectares in area. It was created as a royal deer-hunting park in the 1660s and only opened to the public in 1747. The park is now home to Dublin Zoo and Áras an Uachtaráin – home to the President of Ireland.

The Phoenix Park has been the location for a number of major events – from an international motor-racing event in 1929 to the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979, when more than a million people attended the celebrations.

The park itself is exceptionally scenic. A large herd of fallow deer still calls it home. Enjoy the landscape from one of the many walks and cycle routes available to the public.

Opening Times

The Phoenix Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.

The Phoenix Park Biodiversity centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 – 17:30.

The Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden, beside the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, is currently under restoration and is open daily to the public from 10:00 – 17:00.

Average Length of Visit: 3 – 4 hours


Dublin 8
D08 Y304

01 821 3021

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  • Art
  • Baby Changing
  • Bike Trail
  • Brochure
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Changing exhibitions
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit


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  • Dogs on lead

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