It’s the biggie. At 1,750 acres – five times the size of Hyde Park – Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park. It was landscaped in 1662 for visiting British royalty to hunt deer, but now it’s the official residence of the President of Ireland and the US ambassador, and is the best place to escape the capital’s bustling streets. Among expansive fields and monuments like the Papal Cross, the Wellington Monument and Ashtown Castle, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore – the 22-acre flower garden is particularly lovely in summer and Dublin Zoo is one of the oldest in the world.
There’s a reason green is the national colour of Ireland. The whole island is defined by its lush fields, verdant woodland and gorgeous gardens – and the capital city is no different. It’s home to Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe, and elsewhere it brims with luxuriant public spaces, many complete with photo-worthy sculptures, manicured flower beds and a surprising amount of forest.
Dublin’s best parks are a treasure trove for outdoorsy types: there’s so much to explore and each offers something new, from the quiet oasis of Iveagh Gardens in the centre to the vast suburban expanse of Marlay Park. Sunny days aren’t guaranteed, so pack a poncho, and if you fancy a more ambitious ramble, try one of these excellent day trips. Start ticking off these brilliant things to do in Dublin while you’re at it, and you’ll be well away.
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