Phoenix Park was originally created as a royal hunting ground in 1662. A century later, in 1745, it was opened to the public as an urban park.
Situated less than 5km away from the city center, Phoenix Park is an important green lung for Dublin, as well as an enjoyable space to wander around.
Also opened as a sanctuary, this green space has a diverse community with various species of animals including deer.
- Phoenix Column: Small column crowned by a sculpture of the legendary phoenix that gives its name to the park.
- Dublin Zoo: One of the world’s oldest zoos. It was opened to the public with one wild boar.
- Papal Cross: This Christian cross was erected on the site where the Pope once held a mass for one million people in 1979.
- Wellington Testimonial: A 63-meter-tall obelisk built in honor of Duke Wellington. It took over 40 years to construct.
- Áras an Uachtaráin: Residence of the President of Ireland.
- People’s Garden: This garden includes picnic areas, areas where children can play and lakes. It is near Park Gate.
Interesting but enormous
Phoenix Park is a charming green space. It is the ideal place to rest between visits or have an enjoyable picnic. Nevertheless, it is practically impossible to see it all, since it is so large.
The best way to explore the park is by hiring a bike or going for a jog. There are cycling rentals in various areas of the park, including the entrance: Conyngham Rd.
Although Phoenix Park deserves to be visited, our favorite park in Dublin is St Stephen’s Green, a smaller green space located in the heart of Dublin.
Opens every day 24 hours a day.
Buses: lines 25, 25A, 25N, 51, 66, 66A, 66B, 66D, 67, 67A, 68, 69 and 37.
Tram: Heuston, red line.
Kilmainham Gaol (2.1 km) Irish Museum of Modern Art (2.4 km) National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History (2.9 km) Guinness Storehouse (3.2 km) Jameson Distillery Bow St (3.4 km)