The largest city park in the Europe, Phoenix Park covers an impressive 1,750 acres! Originally formed as a royal hunting park in the 1660s, it opened to the public in 1747. The most recognisable remnant of the parks hunting history, are the wild herds of Fallow Deer that still call it home. Whether you choose to walk, cycle or drive through the park, you’re sure to come across the deer grazing in the grasses.
If the Papal Cross is not on your itinerary, be sure to add it. Standing at 116 feet high in Phoenix Park, it was erected for the visit of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979, when he delivered an open-air sermon to over 1.25 million people!
Also claiming Phoenix Park its home, is the world-famous Dublin Zoo! With over 400 animals from all over the world, many of which are extremely rare or endangered species. A visit to the Zoo is an incredible way to spend the morning before exploring the park further.
If the Zoo doesn’t interest you, explore the Victorian flower gardens, Wellington Monument or take a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin (our President’s residence) which takes place almost every Saturday.