Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park
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Beautiful urban park lined with running trails.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • motorcar1
    Dublin, Ireland14,146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bloom in the Phoenix Park
    Visited Bloom in the Phoenix Park for the first time this year. It is a fabulous event featuring things to suit every taste. The Gardens, plants and scrubs are naturally the highlights but everything gardening is covered and vendors selling every conceivable items are there and many have special offers so good for a bargain. Plenty of entertainment and lots of food and drinks available and this year the weather was fantastic. A great day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • ryanfamily32016
    Woburn, Massachusetts42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good location & Staff - some street noise
    The staff was very nice and helpful. The hotel was in a convenient location, close to the Heuston train station and public transportation. The hotel itself is quaint - which was what we wanted to experience. That said, we were there on an unusually WARM week - there was no A/C. The windows opened minimally - and we were on a busy intersection with much street noise from traffic, crosswalk audio alerts, and pedestrians.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • MrsWYN-R
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom3,322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Escape
    We were part of a coach tour of Dublin and our guide brought us to the Phoenix Park. After the bussle of the city, it is quite lovely to escape and see vast open space, complete with wild deer roaming around the area. Very popular with the locals, people out running, dog walkers enjoying the weather. Saw the Papal Cross on the hill overlooking open fields - quite stunning. Erected for the visit of Pope John Paul II back in 1979. Park is free to enter and worth a visit on a sunny day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • cbryant13
    Canal Winchester, Ohio119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, huge park
    This was a pretty short stop for our tour group, but it was well worth it. The park is extremely expansive and there are a lot of things you could see. The highlight for me was the Victorian Kitchen Garden. So many beautiful plants! I was amazed that the variety of plants, the sheer beauty of the flowers, and the large amount of fruits and vegetables grown there. If you're an American, make sure you pass by the U.S. Ambassador's residence.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • kimmblin
    136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a day outside!
    It is about a 20 minute bus ride to the park. When we first arrived, it started to rain a little bit but not too bad. Where we were at there was enough shelter under a large oak tree. We had to find our sense of direction and in the distance we could see that we had passed the Wellington Monument. We found that it was a partly cloudy day, it will quickly blow over. Always have a rain coat/jacket or umbrella with you. The Phoenix Park as a whole is huge, twice the size of Central Park, NYC! It had at least 2 working cricket fields, polo practice fields, a couple large ponds, and the city zoo!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • motorcar1
    Dublin, Ireland14,146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem for locals and tourists alike
    I regularly visit the park. Lots to go and see here. You can visit: Zoo, Farmleigh, Visitor Centre, Papal Cross, Peoples Gardens You can view: Aras an Uachtaráin American Ambassadors Residence Deer here
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Tony McMahon
    London, United Kingdom380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a long walk and unwind - recommend!
    This is the largest park in Europe - very similar to Richmond Park, London in scale. If you have mobility issues, there isn't a problem because there are pavements and tarmac walkways plus car parks throughout the park, especially near landmarks like the Papal Cross and Zoo. But obviously the city council can't tarmac the entire park. The Papal Cross was not my favourite landmark - just preferred the scenery. And see if you can spot a small white gravel cross on the grass near the President of Ireland's residence which marks the spot where a double murder happened 140 years ago.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Cristiano
    Navan, Ireland37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge park in the urban heart of Dublin
    Phoenix Park is a place not to be missed. It is an immense park in the heart of Dublin. It's said to be the largest park in a metropolitan area in all Europe. It hosts long roadsfor you to run, walk, ride a bike or drive (it's big enough even for a few minutes drive). You could sit down in the varied landscapes, you have sports pitches, huge lawns and trees. An absolute heart warming surprise is the deers living in the middle of the park. Avoid feeding and invading their life too much. They are lovely and are an example coexistence in the country's biggest city. Definitely recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Julie F
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit
    Lovely park in Dublin. A great place to walk or run not in the city streets. They do an excellent job of upkeep here. Neat things to discover here as you go around. Very safe also. Loved the feel and peaceful space here.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 18, 2024
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom929 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The green heart of Dublin
    Really can't wait to get back to Phoenix Park whenever we visit Dublin, it's a gorgeous place for a stroll. A monument, A Papal cross, a zoo, a museum, what more could you want? Aside from the tranquility and gorgeous scenery. All of this and right in the heart of Dublin's fair city. Stunning place and you really are missing a gem if you don't go and wander through.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
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Frances S
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
New parking restrictions have really changed the spirit of this elegant city park. Where it was usual to see families, couples, runners, cyclists, skaters all around and enjoying an autumn day, now the message seems to be one of “Stay in your car. Look but don’t touch.” Too bad that this public space seems not to be for the public anymore.
Written September 17, 2021
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Sindy
Dublin, Ireland17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Originally a private park, it might as well still be if you don't drive there. To walk to any peripheral entry point and back from Dublin city centre, you've clocked 10000 steps without entering the park. You might as well be walking in the wilds of the Wicklow mountains from there on in with the lack of facilities. You need to bring snacks, drinks and toilet roll! 2 cafés (with toilet facilities) are at least another 5km from the entry points to the park and close at 5.
With so much nature around to see, the park benches have been thoughtfully placed along the road running through the park so you can sit and watch the cars go by. The benches are on an axis such that you would have to lie down on the bench to fully see a sunrise or sunset. It should be filled with people enjoying the nature. Instead, there are clusters of people on the grass at the entry points, too exhausted, hungry and needing a pee to venture further in. The only folks you'll see at the cafés will have driven there. There is no public transport to the excellent visitor centre, Farmleigh, great Cafés or for those tiny legs going to the Zoo. The park was originally established as a pleasure park for an aristocratic elite. By making it inaccessible to those without cars (let alone the less able-bodied) doesn't go any way towards making it a park for all people.
Written May 15, 2022
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Ciara M
Belfast, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited Phoenix Park as part of a day trip to Dublin Zoo. We hadn't realised the location of the zoo within the park until we arrived and we couldn't leave without spending some time in the park after our zoo visit. We had a fantastic time & the kids loved seeing the Obelisk, the Papal Cross and of course the beautiful deer! The deer amazed me with their beautiful calm nature & it was an amazing experience to stand in a park while the deer just roamed around them... absolutely beautiful creatures! Phoenix Park is a beautiful quiet park where we would have loved to have spent more time.
Written August 29, 2021
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK3,322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were part of a coach tour of Dublin and our guide brought us to the Phoenix Park. After the bussle of the city, it is quite lovely to escape and see vast open space, complete with wild deer roaming around the area. Very popular with the locals, people out running, dog walkers enjoying the weather. Saw the Papal Cross on the hill overlooking open fields - quite stunning. Erected for the visit of Pope John Paul II back in 1979. Park is free to enter and worth a visit on a sunny day.
Written June 21, 2023
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Travellerclass
Farnham, UK1,160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We had been staying nearby at the Ashling Hotel and decided to have another walk into Phoenix Park. It is free to enter and great for walking and other activities. We saw many jogging groups on the Sunday morning enjoying the beautiful open countryside views with superb trees and literally numerous wild deer. Within Phoenix Park is a Zoo which would appear to be very well attended. The size of the park just for clarity is approx. 1800 acres which as you can imagine would take you hours to walk around. We only touched on part of it, but we would highly recommend a visit here.
Written October 11, 2022
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Tim Mc G
Dublin, Ireland280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Lovely park with plenty of space to walk around. It's good place to have a picnic in, which brings back memories of my Aunt's and I having picnics during summer months when I was a lot younger. Not the best place to sunbathe in and the park also has the zoo, Farmleigh house etc .. Would recommend it to anyone
Written April 25, 2024
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Roxana I
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The park has a wide open area where deers roam freely. You can feed them with grass and leaves. It's a fairytale experience. Overall, the park is very big, it also has wide simple areas for jogging and walking, areas with trees, a tea house, benches, areas where people walk their dogs and also a zoo (which I can't review as I haven't visited). The park is very simple, unpretentious and extremely wide. Definitely worth a visit if you love animals, especially if they are free and not in a zoo.
Written June 7, 2022
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Derek H
Lymington, UK443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The city entrance to the park is framed by the gates and also a new courts building.which means you have a few bars to choose from on your return journey. Also available here is a cycle hire facility which if you wanted to see more of the park is handy. Well layed out with separate walking paths and cycle paths in the main. We went to see the deer herds and found them around the American Ambassadors residence. Great to have such wonderful green space and animals right on the edge of a busy bustling city. A great place to visit on a sunny day.
Written March 1, 2020
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Kityayma
Sydney, Australia527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We left home planning to walk around the whole park but with so much to see we only got half way around so keep this in mind if you're planning a walk. You can hire bikes at the entrance, which in hindsight might have been a better way to go to fit everything in.
We visited the zoo which sits within the park - more than 140 years old and fabulous, and Farmleigh Estate, on the edge of the park and also fabulous and a good place to stop for lunch or afternoon tea. (There's a cafe and the gardens are beautiful.)
Phoenix Park is huge. It is home to the President's official residence (Áras an Uachtaráin) and the US Embassy sits directly opposite. There are deer here which we saw by chance late in the afternoon. The park has playing fields and lawns as well as a great variety of trees, shrubs and flowers and various bird species. All in all, a great day out.
Written April 9, 2024
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland14,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The Phoenix Park is probably one of the greatest amenity areas in the Dublin metropolitan area. It has too many places of interest to name them all.

On my last visit I parked at the Polo grounds and walked around to Garda headquarters back around by Dublin Zoo and back to the Polo Ground. It’s a fabulous place for walking, you can constantly go on different walks.
Written September 9, 2021
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