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Phoenix Park, Dublin

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Wilderness in the middle of a big city, Phoenix Park features tree-lined avenues and vast grasslands and is home to a herd of wild deer. Encompassing over 700 hectares (1,700 acres), the park serves as one of the largest walled urban parks in Europe. The site includes a zoo, cricket and polo grounds, and several 18th century mansions, including one serving as the official residence of the country's president. To see the best of this big park quickly, rent a bike and ride all or part of a 14 km (8 mi) long network of traffic-free lanes. You can also hop on the tourist train that stops at the park's Victorian garden, noted for its ornamental lake, playgrounds, and picnic areas. A visit to Phoenix Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Dublin tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This Park was great! We had thought to geocache in the Park, but it was too pressed for time. We went instead in Dublin Zoo. Here was the good:) I had been living in Dublin, I had many trips here and ran here:)
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  • The four of walked for exercise in Phenix Park in late July. Flowers were in bloom and a couple was posing for wedding pictures. Pack a rain resistant coat with a hoody. We walked for 3 hours and thor...  more »
  • I went to this park which is huge to see deer. They had told me they were loose and it cost me much to find them. We saw them the second time we went, once we were told that we could find them in a Grove is near a road that comes out on the side of the United States Embassy. We find them there, behind a few football fields. Beautiful, at the beginning they escaped but then we saw that a family had carrots and deer approached to ask them. We could see them closely. Very nice experience!
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  • This huge park is not really a park to me because you have some roads (include one really width) who are crossing it. But anyway this place is nice with some beautiful constructions and natural places. You can see polo and cricket games. You can rent a bike in the main entrance and then visit all the park and have a chance to see the large number of deer. If you bring some carrots or dry bread, they will LOVE you ;)
  • One of my favourite parts of Dublin. I always find time to come here for a walk when I take the train up. Very relaxing. Worth a visit. Don't leave till you find the deer though.
  • What a truly amazing place. Hopped on a bike and rode around. I thought we had done quite a bit of riding and once I saw the map, we didn't even put a dent in this park. The size and magnitude are quite astounding. Had some deer walk right in front of us on a bike path and weren't even scared. What an experience here!
  • Beautiful place. Perfect for going for a run or cycle. Very well kept and clean. Went specifically for Dublin Zoo, and was highly impressed with the facilities and state of the place. Only downside was the parking, just so happened to be a bank holiday and there were cars parked everywhere. Would definitely go back there again. Fantastic for Pokémon Go players also!
  • You have to love the Phoenix Park. Its accessible has a Zoo playing grounds woodlands visitor centre the President lives there and its a joy at all times of the year. Park towards the far end and walk around the American Ambassadors Residence. Lovely particularly nice in Spring and Autumn.

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