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Review of Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park
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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #10 of 530 things to do in Dublin
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Beautiful urban park lined with running trails.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Beautiful gardens!! Nice for an afternoon of a picnic at the park... or a nice walk. Weather was perfect on the day that I went, so it really was a nice experience.

Visited July 2014
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“The largest enclosed city park within Europe”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Twice the size of New York's Central Park. (1752 acres) Impressive indeed.

The park's main entrance is close to Houston Station, on the other side of the Liffey. When you drive in the park (yes, you can drive into the park, there are several parkings, available) over the main avenue and you see the grass fields left and right, you get the impression that the park is just that; empty space dotted with some trees.
And indeed, there is a lot of open space, grass and woods (500 acres in total), but this open space and the list of all that is contained within it's walls, only shows you how huge this park really is.

The Irish President has his residence here as does the United States Ambassador.
There is Dublin Zoo in it's 28 hectare park. One of the world’s oldest, and nicest city zoos.
The Ordnance Survey Offices, the Army Head Quarters, the Garda (police) Head Quarters and Saint Mary's Hospital, are all within the park's walls.
Also football and hurling grounds. Polo grounds with pavilion. Army athletic grounds. Two cricket clubs and the Victorian People's Garden. A display of Victorian horticulture, with ornamental lakes, children's playground and picnic area, to name just some of the attractions on it's 9 hectare gardens.
The list goes on with the Wellington Memorial, the Victorian Tea Kiosk, the Papal Cross (leftover from the Pope's visit), the Band Hollow and several lodges and houses.
Magazine Fort is a former fort overlooking the city. It is not restored and not open to the public, but the walk around it gives you nice views over the city, the mountains and the park.

The park's visitor center and the Phoenix Café (good food) are located in the former stables of the Ashtown Lodge, the former residence of the Papal Nuncio. When the lodge was demolished during renovations to make the visitor center, the original tower house of Ashtown Castle was discovered to be incorporated in the building. It is now restored and can be visited by guided tour. The guide we had was lovely and very knowledgeable. It was a treat.
Don't forget to have a look at the lovely walled kitchen gardens, when you're there.

On the Fifteen Acres, the huge grass-field between the US-Embassy and St.Mary's hospital, you can often see the park's 500 Fallow Deer.

For a quick visit, you still have to take out the whole day: go to the Zoo, visit the visitor center and try to see the deer close up.

But above all; enjoy !

Visited August 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Visitor in my own City (8) Phoenix Park”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

The biggest enclosed park in Europe. It contains the Dublin Zoo, the 15 acres, the American Ambassadors residence, The Popes Cross, The Residence of the Irish President, The Wellington Monument, the polo grounds and many many other sights.
Most of the hop on hop off buses will take you up here, but in order to see and enjoy it you either need to take a car or use a bike.
If you have the time, and inclination you could spend a full day here.If you are travelling by car, find the Hole in the wall pub, and pop in for a visit, however, check the opening time before you do as the day I got there with my friends the pub was not open.

Visited July 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great park with lots of wide open space”
Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

Amazingly large park. Easily accessible by public transport. We rented bikes at the Parkgate street entrance. The best way to see the park.

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Capistrano Beach, California
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“American Embassy in Phoenix Park”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

From where we stayed in Castleknock we drove through Phoenix Park to get into Dublin. It is a beautiful Park and you could really spend quite a long time there and let the kids just run. I took the opportunity to show them the American Embassy, which is in the park. They thought that it was very interesting to see the American flag flying there!

Visited April 2014
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