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Pheonix Park, Dublin
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Time Out says

The largest urban park in Europe with more than 1,750 acres to explore, including the Dublin Zoo and several stately homes

What is it and why is it famous?

Phoenix Park is a rare urban treat; it’s the largest city park in Europe and is home to over 600 fallow deer. It’s actually twice the size of New York’s Central Park (you heard us!) and there’s no shortage of things to do.

Is it free to visit the park?

The park is free to visit and is open 24 hours a day. Cars are allowed in, but it’s much better to explore on foot or by bike. Inside the park walls, Dublin Zoo is the biggest draw here with rhinos, orangutans, and many more animals. Venture across Phoenix Park and you’ll see Áras an Uachtaráin, where the President lives and also The Wellington Testimonial, The Papal Cross, and Farmleigh House.

How long does it take to walk around the park?

From the entrance on Conyngham Road to the Castleknock entrance is over 2.5 miles and takes about an hour to walk. Rent a bike in the park instead and spend at least half a day exploring the forests and fields.

Where’s good to eat nearby?

Near the entrance on Conyngham Road, there are two great spots to eat. PStwenty6 is a quick and casual spot for a coffee and brunch, while next door is Ryan's of Parkgate Street, a steakhouse in a traditional pub.

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Cían Byrne
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Cían Byrne


Dublin 8, Ireland
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