The Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The park which is is 707 hectares (1752 acres) in size was established in 1662 as a royal deer park and is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds. A wide range of wildlife habitats can be found in the park including Furry Glen, which is managed as a conservation area.
Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park adjacent to the United States Ambassador’s residence, which was built in 1774. Many other historic buildings and monuments are located in the Phoenix Park.
The Victorian People’s Flower Gardens located near the Parkgate Street entrance, is an area of 9 hectares (22 acres) and was re-opened in 1864. These gardens were initially established in 1840 as the Promenade Grounds. They provide an opportunity to display Victorian horticulture at its best. Ornamental lakes, children’s playground, picnic area and Victorian bedding schemes are just some of the attractions.
Ashtown Demesne has numerous attractions for young and not so young alike. Those include Ashtown Castle, a two and a half acre Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden (under restoration), Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Cafe, woodland walks, picnic area and a new universal access playground.
The park is open 7 days a week all year round and can be accessed through the main gate at Park Gate Street and also through the Castleknock Gate.
Dublin Zoo is located in within the grounds of the Phoenix Park and covers an amazing 28 hectares of the park. It transports families to the Arctic, the plains of Africa and Indian Rainforests before kids can visit the Pets Corner and the City Farm. As one of the world’s oldest, yet most popular zoos, it is home to some 400 animals in safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience!
If you are planning a family break in Dublin, then a trip to Dublin Zoo and the Phoenix Park is a must and Maldron Hotel Parnell Square offer great value.