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.
The Phoenix Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.
The Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden, beside the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, is currently under restoration and is open daily to the public from 10am to 5pm.
Average Length of Visit: 3 – 4 hours
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- Baby Changing
- Bike Trail
- Car park
- Changing exhibitions
- Guided tours
- Interpretive exhibit
- Appropriate footwear
- Dogs on lead
Nearby sites to visit
Áras an Uachtaráin
A taste of presidential elegance
Approx. 0.9 km from Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre – Ashtown Castle
A rediscovered medieval gem and its demesne
Approx. 1.1 km from Phoenix Park
Irish National War Memorial Gardens
Relax and reflect in this beautiful garden monument
Approx. 1.6 km from Phoenix Park