The Phoenix park is a massive oasis that stretches from the city centre to the leafy suburbs of west Dublin. It is beautiful at any time of the year and full of wildlife, herds of deer included.
If I had one gripe, it would be the cycle path. Clearly many cyclists don't use it and it's probably because the designated footpath is so far away from the road/lights and under trees as well as being in a state of disrepair. As a results, people are always walking on the cycle path.
My other gripe is the lack of public toilets. Oh and one more gripe, the speed bumps are horrendously large and dangerous to cars.
The visitor centre is worth a visit as is the zoo. Gripes aside, there are few cities in the world that can boast a similar amenity.
Huge park and endless possibilities. This is a great park and it is a nice green area to have close to a big city. Green is always good amongst all of the concrete.
There are so many areas that I do not want to single any one area out and just want to say that you need to go discover the park. Spend some time walking around and it will take you days, weeks even before you have walked through the entire thing and gotten comfortable with all it has to offer.
Yes I am an outdoorsie kind of person and greenery is always nice when you live in a city. It also has a lot of history so if you can grab up one of the tours where people talk about the parks history or just the history of Dublin you should definitely go and get some great info on the park and its history.
I just love the Pheonix Park. Its by far the best place to go running in Dublin in my opinion. Its relatively flat and lets be honest - its huge! So there is no need to be running in a small circle over and over again if you are into distance running like me!
Its worth the drive over if you have a long run I think - the run will be all the more enjoyable when you pass the herd of deer! :D
Nice park, but a little bit of nothing. Well, of course it is a park and not a garden, but except for the cross and the big monument there is not much to see. It is great for some biking or jogging, but think of it more as a place of natural refuge for the Dublin people than as a tourist attraction.
What a resource the Phoenix Park is to Dublin City.
There's the zoo. There's deer. In the summer there's Skylarks singing high up in the sky. There's the Wellington Monument. The polo grounds. The tea rooms. I could go on, but it'd take a while.
Then there's the vast amount of parkland to explore. Anyone and everyone can enjoy it.
Walking, running, cycling, rollerblading. It's a free gym!
It's just wonderful. Go there.
Free parking, Aches of trees and green fields for people to picnic and play games on. Deer wandering around, a zoo and monuments and buildings to look at.
All in all a great place to walk/cycle and drive around hopefully in the sun....
Added to this a cricket pitch! Which for a English man is great!
All in all one of the great City parks in the world.
I absolutely love this place! Nicest park I've ever been to, biggest too. The upkeep is great, they have rangers around most of the time. It's got everything you could possibly want from a park; lakes, cycling track, football pitches, rugby pitches, deer, forests, hills, a shack that belongs to the president, decent size car park and well, a zoo!
It's such a great way to spend a sunny day in Dublin but that's the problem unfortunately. Sunny days in Dublin are scarce so it's extremely disappointing. Hopefully we'll get more than just one day of summer this year! Take advantage while you can.
I feel so lucky to have one of the best parts in Europe right on my door step. Whether you're a walker, runner or a cyclist there are many different paths that you can take and so much beautiful scenery to be soaked up, not to mention Farmleigh.
I love to run so I find myself out in the park at least 4 times a week. For the most part, there are paths around the park in any area you might find yourself running or walking. I do have to admit the park isn't very condusive to running or walking at night. As the days are staying lighter later, the park will be packed with runners and walkers but a few times this winter I have tried to run mid-evening and it's relatively terrifying with the lack of light and areas where footpaths might be limited.
The options in the park are endless as you can visit Farmleigh Estate, the zoo, the Papal Cross, Phoenix Park tea rooms, rugby clubs, meet up with a running club, your options are endless.
I have lived next to this park all my life. Plenty to be done in this park, go see the President, go to the zoo, just generally walk around and enjoy the great outdoors.
More recently I have started running in this park, from one end to the other five times is a half-marathon distance, bit annoying that 5 distances leaves you at the opposite side to were you started.
There is always lots of people out walking, running, cycling, so you never feel like your the only one.
Great for cycling!
The park is the largest park in Europe and was established in the 17th century as a deer park (1662). In total it spans over 1750 acres and contains a zoo, sporting fields, band stands, various monuments and spectacular views. The park is also free to visitors and is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
The park was also easily reached by the Luas line at Heuston station and a short walk into the park. I rented a bike with a baby seat on the back cheaply at the front gate and circled the entire park. They had a great selection of bikes at the front gate and they are quick to get you the perfect bike for your needs. The park is immense with beautiful paved paths around the exterior and through the mid points. Some older ruins are in the middle near the visitor center and it is very flat on the northern and central areas but with more challenging hills and cliff side scenic paths on the south side (near the river). There is a huge herd of about 400-500 wild deer in the central flat lands of the park as well. My 17 month old son and I parked the bike and walked close to the herd for a better look. It made for a great afternoon.
They had a nice free visitor center as well which went through the park through the ages (bronze age through current times). The displays were well built and it is worth a quick visit.
I tried the Victorian Tea Kiosk and I was surprised at the selection. They have various types of teas and coffees (I had a solid cappuccino) and treats as well as other food. I would definitely go back the next time.
Sometimes you just feel like letting go and relieve all your stress so what shall one do then? For me its really simple, get on my bike and speed though Phoenix Park while listening to my ipod on high volume and just let your thoughts run free.
Phoenix Park is one of the best Parks in Dublin for running, cycling or just having a picnic with your friends in the sun. Another highlight is the outdoor yoga which is on every Saturday next to the bandstand just behind the tea rooms.
Its easy accessible from town by walking or just take the bus/ luas out to Heuston Station and voilà the perfect outdoor experience just 10min from the city centre!
I absolutely LOVE this park! There is something so majestic about it and I love walking through it even if the sun isn't shining. I went to my first gig here last night (Justin Timberlake) and it was awesome! From what I have heard about the horrible organization of concerts last year, it has definitely improved. Plenty of food vendors, close toilets and the beer lines weren't too bad either.
Phoenix Park is one of the largest parks in Europe with the area of about 1,750 acres. Inside the park there are several attractions and amenities to visit and explore:
-Dublin Zoo (you have to pay and I have never been there),
-Áras an Uachtaráin (the house of the Irish President), they do tours and you have to check with the visitor centre. Really cool!
-The papal cross (35 metres in height) builted for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979. Recommended.
-Usa ambassador residence (viewing from the street so far as I understood you cannot go inside).
-People's Garden (at the entrance of the Chesterfield Gate, really nice and well looked after),
-Phoenix Park Visitor Centre ( with its Ashtown Castle). It has also a coffee shop and toilets if you need it.
-The Wellington Monument with its 62 metres it is the largest monument in Europe, wow. it is gigantic.
Currently, from 17th May till 29th September a part of Chesterfield Avenue (a part of the main road) is closed to the traffic so the pedrestrians can enjoy totally the street for their own. My girlfiend using this road for rollerblading :-)
The area I like the most it is the Farmleigh House and Estate for me it is the pure gem of Phoenix Park with its botanic garden. Entrance is more closed to the Castleknock gate area.
Sometimes being one of the biggest park in Europe can be harmful if you do not provide to the visitors, especially the tourists the suffice services to enjoy better quality to their visit.
If you have a car you can move around the park easily and there are enough parking spots to choose. Alternatively you can hire a bycicle at the entrance of Chesterfield Gate, but it has a cost, currently at 5 Euro per hour, 10 for 3 hours or 20 for all the day. So in the end you are paying for something you espect to do for free.
Public buses stops only outside the several entrances and they don't do stops into the park.
Luas , that metallic snake, stops at the Museum or at Heuston Station so till there you have to start walking.
So, if you want to visit the Zoo, you are lucky because you just need to walk 800 metres from the entrance of the park. But if I want to go till the Papal cross? Well, it takes about 2.6 Km and other 2.6 Km to go go back to the entrance.
This is just an example on how there is something missing here: an internal public transport for the people who want to move within park, maybe those people who cannot afford to have or drive a car, and for those who are not jogging everyday :-) Remember also that the weather in Ireland changes often so walking for long distance into the park would be possible to get rain.
Having a transport system inside the park would beneficiate tourist and local to go more often there and moving around without being exhausted at the end of the day.
An average no-english speaker (due to the language barriers) whose accomodation is in the centrer or may in the southside won't use a bus or luas to go till the entrance of the park but probably wil do already an average or 3-4 kms walking before getting there. Then another km's to add if you want visit the park because it is too huge.
I have seen a sightseen bus (18 Euro daily ticket) entering the park, but checking on their website it stops only at the Zoo when inside the park.
Another thing missing here is the toilet facility. Currently, if you are not the kind of person who is comfortable to use the toilet provided by nature you have to go to the visitor centre at about 3 km to the entrance or maybe I have missed some signs along the main road where indicate these facilities? I have never asked to the Dublin Zoo or the Coffee shop nearby if they have public toilettes. I am not saying that I have problems with my bladder :-) but it is not fair for those people who need it.
Apart from this is still a good Park to visit if you are in Dublin which I recommend. My favourite place it is Farmleigh House and Estate, because is cosy and more intimate with its botanic garden and hided garden.
Why am I dropping 2 stars?
Well firstly let me wax lyrical about how much I enjoy running in this park - especially when an Irish winter is brewing. There is something that connects you with your tribal Celtic roots when you run/walk through the muddy trail that winds through the woods and the angry blustery wind is tossing you about - I love it, especially when the sky turns dark and the rain starts to bash against your face. Inspires the voices of revolution in my head.
What I do not love is trying to run on the designated running/walking path when night falls. It's bloody dangerous and I do not have the stealth or vision of a cat. It also is riddled with puddles which resulted in me doing a lot of jumps and wet shoes equals wet socks - I hate wet socks.
For my safety I decided to run back on the cycle lane as it's surface is an even surface rather than the dilapidated runners/walkers path. Also it is illuminated by a sequence of streetlights.
But cyclists are mean yo! Seriously. I stayed on the grass verge, I ain't that big, the path is big yet several cyclists, you know who you are, purposely played chicken with me. Listen up cyclists - I respect lane laws but I challenge you to cycle nay walk on my lane - you will break something. So when it's dark out I will be using a sliver of your precious path - get over it or I will kick you next time.
And that criticism also goes towards whoever maintains the park. Bikes have lights... And no I refuse to run with a miners helmet.
Ahhhh Pheonix Park. The home for my jet-lagged morning Dublin runs. By the time I make my way up the River Liffey from Temple Bar, my blood is flowing and I am ready to run.
There are few places where you can go running and stumble across the President's home. Phoenix park is a wide open place, laced with paths and roads that go off in all directions. Watching the early morning sunrise cast silhouettes against the various memorials and statues is one of my favorite ways to greet the Dublin morning.
I have heard rumours of ne'er do wells lurking in the pre-sunrise light, but have never had any issues in the park.
This is a GREAT place to go running, or just spend some after work time de-stressing.
I'm not quite sure what to say about Phoenix Park. It's a huge and lovely park, but it's main fault is being so out of the way for the casual visitor to the city. Really, anyone who doesn't live in west Dublin is pretty much out of luck unless they want to make the trek there. Still, once you get there, it's a huge and wonderful park. There's so much to do there that I never got to experience it all. Personally, I enjoyed climbing and siting on the Wellington Monument.
Okay, do this: I know I said Phoenix Park was a bit out of the way, but here is a game my friend an I played to make the trip a bit more fun. It's called, "walk along the river and count how many bikes, strollers, and other random objects you can find." You have to start from the O'Connell Bridge. I think we ended up with something like 32 bikes. Seriously. That river has some weird stuff in it.
Summer in Ireland might only be a few days long, but at least Dublin has plenty of places to enjoy it. And Phoenix Park is as good a place as any to get your farmer's tan.
It's also a great place to run, especially the weekend mornings. The sheer size of the place means you can go about you panting/wheezing at your own pace. There's nothing like watching the deer racing by to motivate you either.
The only negative about the Park is that it is a little out-of-the-way. You can't really just wander over and doss about, unlike Stephens Green.
The main feature greeting me as I gaze out my bedroom window is the Phoenix Park. As was correctly pointed out in an earlier review, it is the largest enclosed urban park in Europe. I have been informed that Sutton Park in Birmingham is actually larger, but who cares!
Anyway, what an amazing amenity to have so close to a major city centre. 1,760 acres (approx) of parkland for walking, jogging, cycling, picnicking, photography......... the list goes on. In fact, there are very few outdoor pursuits that the park cannot cater for. As a cyclist myself, I quite regularly take a spin around the perimeter of an evening. I would not be as fit as Cathal, hence no mention of five or six laps here, but is a very pleasant way to get twelve to fifteen kilometres under the belt.
One negative note here is the presence of walkers (many listening to music) that use the cycle paths. It will only be a matter of time before one of them is seriously injured at the wrong end of a collision with a bicycle. I don't think that people realise the damage a push bike can do to a person if it hits them at 25 - 30 kmh. Indeed, many of the cyclists would be travelling considerably faster (the aforementioned speeds were for a vintage model such as myself). Most cyclists wear protection of some form so would probably come out of such a collision of the better side. So please folks, especially those of you walking with small children, use the pedestrian walkways and avoid the cycle paths.
Aside from cycling, the park facilitates the pursuit of other interests, photography being one of them. The park allows ample opportunity to indulge the various facets of photography, whether you like landscapes, nature, reportage. Different times of the day can offer up a totally different looking park, I have certainly witnessed some absolutely stunning sunsets here.
If you prefer, you can amble down Chesterfield Avenue of an evening and watch a game of cricket in progress, or go watch the model enthusiasts put their flying machines through their paces. Other than that, you can simply sit and watch the deer, rabbits, squirrels and hares go about their business, seemingly oblivious to your presence.
If none of the aforementioned appeals, maybe the architecture of the many beautiful building within the park will garner your interest. Most notable of these is of course Áras an Uachtaráin, official residence of the President. Originally built by a park ranger named Nathaniel Clements in 1751, it was used by the British Viceroys up until 1922. It is open to the public every Saturday and well worth seeing. Aside from that, it is rather good having Mary as a neighbour, as she is very obliging if one is stuck for a cup of sugar or suchlike. To contradict an earlier submission, Áras is in the Dublin 8 postal district, not 10, but still the only even number used north of the Liffey.
Other than Áras, there is the residence of the American Ambassador, the Ordinance Survey buildings, the old primary school and many lodges scattered around the park.
The Phoenix Park is a fantastic amenity to have on our doorstep (literally in my case), something we should all rejoice in having.
Ok I hope anyone who reads this will get a good laugh out of this review. I actually didn't know there was a real Phoenix Park (I just thought it was a clever name for an Irish Pub/Hotel in DC).
Well after arriving in Dublin and picking up or car that we had hired, my friend and I then had to try and figure our way out of Dublin proper. Oh and BTW this was well before GPS was an accessible feature to the masses. So we were relying on the good ol' fashioned map.
Well, needless to say we got lost and ended up in this lovely park, drove around for a bit (still lost). And then hark I see a sign and it says Phoenix Park. My response was "oh my God this is a real place" When I make it back to Ireland preferably not in December I'll be able to spend a bit more time here strolling about the grounds.
A great place to wander, cycle, run or walk your dog. Lots of interesting things to see: the deer, the Aras, Farmleigh, papal cross etc.
You can also feed the ducks/swans and it's a great place for taking photos.
The Phoenix Park is a little slice of green heaven in grey Dublin, and being a rural woman, I enjoy being able to cycle to the Phoenix Park and feel like I might just be in Tipperary again.
The Phoenix Park's main thoroughfare is generally quite busy, and so a careful eye must be kept out for passing kids, skaters, rollerbladers, runners, or dogs, if you have decided to go cycling their for the evening. The main street running through the Phoenix Park is also extremely flat and so is a nice way to ease yourself back into biking. The surrounding area has tougher trails, including some thigh crushing steep hills to keep the advanced cyclist content.
Tourists should be wary of high speed cyclists, who do tend to dominate the cycle trails, so their rudeness can sometimes ruin the pleasant atmosphere at the park. Also keep an eye out for the Magazine Fort which left this history buff squealing hysterically for hours!
Plenty to see here in relation to Irish wildlife, such as the resident herd of graceful deer so you'll definitely never grow bored visiting this park.
FAO TO TOURISTS: Bring a map of the park, because it is big, and believe me it's hard enough to find a toilet there if you don't know where you're going!
Phoenix Park is the only park in Dublin that you can actually run through. You can run across Stephen's Green in about 2 minutes, so to get a good workout you'll have to criss-cross the shit out of that place. Plus it's really crowded, so you have to run around people all the time, and that gets annoying.
Phoenix Park is very large and there are lots of paths and roads all through it. You don't have to run around in boring circles and can instead try out new routes all the time. As Cathal mentioned, this is also a great place to cycle without dealing with traffic in any way.
There's always a lot of people out enjoying the park if there's good weather, and you will probably see at least one football or tag rugby game going on. Great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the sun too!
I won't repeat all of the facts already stated about Dublin's vaunted park, I'll just add this: best place in Dublin bar none to cycle. Go in through the main entrance, just past Islandbridge, and turn right at the first roundabout. Once there, follow the green cycle track but only until you hit the next roundabout; at the second roundabout, abandon the cycle track and keep going straight, and continue straight at the next junction too. After that, all you have to do is follow your nose. Oh, and there's a right turn just after the next entrance to the park that you'll come to. Plain sailing after that.
This is a lovely little course to cycle along: very little traffic, and such junctions that there are you have the right of way on. This route keeps closest to the perimeter of the park, so you get to see more of it. And along the route, you'll get to see most of the park's highlights: the old army hospital, the forty acre, the Papal Cross and the Wellington Memorial at the end. And along the Military Road section there's a couple of nice little bends to lean into.
I measured out this route (very roughly) on Google Maps recently, and it clocks in at just under five and a half miles. The proper cycle track route, on the other hand, is only about four kilometres, and is always lousy with pedestrians. Plus, this route has more interesting scenery, and is used by most of the more serious cyclists.
So, head down today and give it about five or six laps, really blow the cobwebs off.
As a child I was awe struck at the sheer size and beauty of the Phoenix park. Not only this, but it also housed what I thought was the White House and Dublin motherf*&!in zoo!
Now I'm a bit bigger, still think it's amazing, know that it's Aras an uachtar reoite and it still houses Dublin motherf*&!in zoo!
It's also a great spot for a Winter's stroll.
Although they say it is the largest enclosed park in Europe, to me it doesn't feel that big and I think that is because there are so many bloody roads cutting through the park. You are never out of view or ear shot of a road it seems and therefore it doesn't feel very tranquil or relaxing like a park should!
In the park there is a Zoo, Dublin Police Museum, a visitor centre, Farmleigh House, where posh foreign diplomats stay, Ashtown Castle, a small 17th century tower house, monuments to public figures including the crap looking white cross to mark the Popes visit in 1979, a children's playground, Aras an Uachtarain, the Presidents gaff, and the home of the American ambassador, as well as several lakes and herds of deer!
To me the best thing about this place are the deer that roam wild and the hundreds of rabbits and hares about the place! Great fun to watch!
Phoenix Park is the largest public park in any city in Europe. It is home to Dublin zoo, Aras an Uachtarain (residence of Ireland's President), the Wellington Memorial and Victorian flower gardens. It hosts a number of 'fun runs' or mini-marathons during the year, other sporting events and the odd concert (yes, I saw Bloc Party under a canopy in the President's back garden!). Apart from all of that, Phoenix Park is the place where Pope John-Paul famously addressed the Irish public in 1979 (hence the multitude of JPs around Ireland who are nearly hitting the 30 mark).
It's a pleasant place to go in the evenings to stroll around, cycle, play football, Frisbee, cricket, hurling or whatever tickles your fancy. It's not far from O'Connell Street and buses go fairly regularly from the city to the park. Phoenix Park is open 24-7 but, like all city parks, probably not advisable to skulk around there in the shadows late at night.
Oh yeh, and it's also home to a herd of deer!
Phoenix park seems to be the largest park in Europe. It's not only a great place to spend your weekend just walking around or sitting on the grass and reading, it also hosts many cool events, like the SeptemberFest festival of Irish Beers a couple of weeks ago.
Some spots of the park are notorious for being cruising areas, but I myself never saw that happening.
this park has so much going for it and i don't think the previous poster is right about it being not accessable to the city center. this is not a city center park, its a haven for deer and other wild animals in the middle of this city. if it was in the center it would have been eaten up by shopping centers and 10 story apartments a long time ago.
i love going to this park, if i have the kids i can go to the zoo, the visitor center with its playground, mazes and coffee shop or if im on my own with the dogs i can go to many of the wide open spaces and have some quality time to myself. its great to even just sit and watch the deer wander by.
if this park were in the center of the city it would be full to the brim with people and who wants that? after all thats what st stephens green is for.
Went here for the first time today and loved it. What a fabulous park so close to the city centre :-) cycling through the park was really nice and stopping at the ice cream van after was great. Will come back again on a nice sunny day for a cycle or run :-)
Lovely place to visit; gorgeous gardens and grounds. I walked barefoot on the springy soft green grass on an unusually sunny hot September Dublin day. Then D gave chase and when he caught me I convinced him to take his shoes off too. The beautiful flowers and spirit of the place make it a great romantic date place; I wished we had had a picnic basket and blanket, there were nooks and crannies that would be perfect for reading poetry and whiling away the hours. There were swans swimming in the water, adding to the romance of the place. Take a date here, or spend quality time with the family enjoying the beauty of Dublin.
I agree 100% with Cathal, a cycle in the Phoenix park is one of the best ways to spend a fine day in the city, summer or winter. The vast expanse of building-free land, deer huddling in the shade of the trees or standing proud on the wide open plains, and the sounds of birds tweeting gets you as close to nature as you can get in Dublin. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.
I really like the phoenix park, it is a great place to get a bit of fresh air and go for a walk in. In the phoenix park there is the Aras an Uachtarain, the Papal cross, Zoological Gardens, Monuments and is the home to a herd of wild Fallow Deer. This is a great place for tourists and locals alike.
One of the larger parks in Europe. Its HUGE!!! A very loveable place with alot going on. The Horse Polo on a Sunday is an interesting watch. The Deer wanders about freely. All sorts of monuments and buildings to visit. There's even Dolmens. A great hang out at times. However lethally dangerous. Too much stabbings and mobbing going on. It is not a place to go for a stroll in to the wilderness alone. And it does have some nice wilder nature parts. Also best to get out of there before dark. A terrible pity that it is practically as dangerous as New York. The new joke now is to say we're all off the Phoenix Park to look for bodies, sure they're everywhere!
okay lots has been said about this park. its a great park nobody disputes that. now you may or may not know the fact that everything north of the river has an odd post code number and is on the north side and everything outh of the liffey has an even post code number and is on the southside. southside is usually the more desirable of the two halves and teh northside is always being put down. the Phoenix park has even shunned the northide because despite being north fo the liffey it is in dublin ten so is officially a southside park! ha ha!
I lived on the North Circular Road right beside the Phoenix Park in my first year in college and I loved going for walks here on a Sunday. It's a massive area with any amount of events going on at any given time. It's so big that you wouldn't even be aware of half of them when you're in here. My boyfriend at the time used to drive through the park on his motorbike at night with me on the back and all the deer used to line the side of the road looking at us! It was absolutely lovely - like something out of another world! There are no buses allowed in either so you don't even feel like you're in the city.
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