The Phoenix Park at 1752 acres is one of, if not the largest enclosed parks within a city boundary in Europe. Within its walls there are many attractions to excite any tourist.
But if the sheer size of the park and its many attractions have your head in a spin as to what to do first, let me tell you. Visit the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre! Obvious isn’t it? It is situated in the middle of the park and housed in the historical Ashtown Lodge.
The Museum is small and beautifully presented, making it an ideal visit for children and adults alike. A lot of the exhibits are aimed at the junior mind, so the Parents can read up on their history in peace. The Museum charts the history of the park back to 3.500 BC and includes many events that are central to the founding of the Republic of Ireland. There is also an interesting section on the flora and fauna that have been part of life in the park.
It doesn’t take long to peruse everything, so why not head across the stable yard to the cafe for some light and wholesome refreshment. Around the lodge there are many picnic tables in the beautiful grounds, so feel free to bring your own and for the kids, there’s a brilliant enclosed playground that will keep them occupied for as long suits you.
Don’t forget to have a stroll through the walled gardens. During the Spring and Summer these can be beautiful.