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.
Green is the national colour of Ireland, and while we aren’t going to argue that the best parks in Dublin are the reason for that, we aren’t going to deny it either. The whole island of Ireland is awash with verdant woodland, gorgeous gardens and lush fields, and the capital is no different. Dublin is a great place to cultivate a world-beating hangover, but the capital's parks offer plenty of opportunities to walk it off.
Each of Dublin’s parks seems to offer something different, from the quiet oasis of Iveagh Gardens to the vast suburban expanse of Marlay Park. Sure, the weather isn’t always chipper, but that isn’t a great surprise. Simply plan accordingly and the best parks in Dublin will do the rest of the work. One of the best things to do in Dublin? You better believe it.