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Phoenix Park Visitor Centre – Ashtown Castle

A rediscovered medieval gem and its demesne

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Phoenix Park Visitor Centre – Ashtown Castle

A rediscovered medieval gem and its demesne

See all opening times

Limited Access

Open 09:30 - 18:00 Daily.
Advance booking required for groups (10 max).
Guided tours not available.
Limited numbers at any given time and restricted access.


Free admission

Getting here

Phoenix Park
Dublin 8
D08 Y304

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Phoenix Park Visitor Centre – Ashtown Castle

Ashtown Castle is a tower house that probably dates from the seventeenth century, but may be as early as the fifteenth.

For years it was completely hidden within the walls of a Georgian mansion once occupied by the under-secretary for Ireland. When that house was demolished in the late 1980s, the castle was rediscovered. It has since been fully restored and now welcomes visitors.

Surrounding the castle is Ashtown Demesne, which boasts a plethora of attractions. Chief among them is the walled kitchen garden, which has being beautifully restored to its original Victorian layout. There are also woodland walks, picnic areas and a universal-access playground.

The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, adjoining the castle, contains an entertaining exhibition on the park’s history from 3500 BC right through to the present day. There is a charming restaurant in the visitor-centre grounds.

Opening Times

Open throughout the year (Ashtown Castle in Park)

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.

Last admission 1 hour before closing

The Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden, beside the Visitor Centre, is under restoration and is open to the public daily from 10:00 to 16:00

Seasonal Opening Times

Nov – Apr

Wed – Sun 09:30 – 17:30

May – October

Daily 10:00 – 17:45


Please note that the visitor centre may be closed to the public at short notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience that may be caused.


Phoenix Park
Dublin 8
D08 Y304

01 6770095

Getting Here

4km from centre of Dublin in the Phoenix Park, signposted from the Phoenix Monument.

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  • Art
  • Audio Description
  • Audio Visual Show
  • AV presentation
  • Baby Changing
  • Bike Trail
  • Bookshop
  • Brochure
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Changing exhibitions
  • Coach parking
  • Exhibition
  • Family Toilet
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Lift
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Appropriate footwear

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