The Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in all of Europe. It is one of Dublin’s oldest and most well-known landmarks. Founded in the 1660’s, it has a long history behind it while today it home to a number of important buildings including Áras an Uachtaráin – The official residency of the President of Ireland, the residency of the US Ambassador and Dublin Zoo, Ireland’s national zoo and the fourth oldest zoo worldwide.
The phoenix park was originally formed as royal hunting park in the 1660’s. Today, a large herd of fallow deer remain there and are well known to be the parks longest standing residents. Guests of the park are welcome to take pictures of the herd but are asked not to feed, frighten or touch them. Other attractions within the park include the Victorian flower gardens and various recreational areas where activities such as walking, running, polo, cricket and hurling among many others can be played. There are also many walks and cycle trails available to the public.
The park currently holds a Green Flag Award and there is no admission fee to explore its many sights. If you would like to learn a more detailed history of the park, head to the Visitor Centre which displays information and historical interpretations of the park from 3500BC to the present day. Furthermore, adjoining the Visitor Centre is the fully restored Ashford Castle, a medieval tower house that dates to the 17th century. If you get peckish during your trip, The Victorian Tea Rooms located along the picturesque Chesterfield Avenue provide an section of delicious freshly made dishes, while the Phoenix Café located in the grounds of The Visitor Centre serves a range of healthy offerings, homemade cakes and breads and locally sourced organic coffee.
The park is open 24hours a day, 7 days a week all year round. The main gates of the Park at Parkgate Street and Castleknock Gate are open 24 hours. The side gates to the Park are open from approximately 7am until approximately 10.45pm.
The Phoenix Park can be easily accessed by car or public transport from the Morgan Hotel. It is just a 10-minute drive by car or taxi. Alternatively, there are numerous buses running from the city centre to the park. Bus numbers 25, 26, 66 / 66A / 66B, 67 will be able to take you from The Morgan Hotel to Phoenix Park. You can also take the Luas red line to Heuston Station which will leave you about a 15-minute walk away.
If you have any queries, The Morgan Hotel reception team will be more than happy to point in in the right direction.