While Dublin may be better known for its nightlife and historical attractions, our great little city has a super range of things to do for family city breaks. Every week nature lovers flock to the Phoenix Park -Europe’s largest walled urban park.This 352 year old park spanning 7 KM square lies within shouting distance of the city. One of the best things about the Phoenix Park, aside from the fact that it’s FREE, is that you walk amongst the many wild deer who live in the park (Please don’t feed our Fallow Friends!) making it ideal for an afternoon of family fun or a stroll in the park.
There are many ways to get around – 7km square is a lot of space (1752 acres to be precise). You can of course walk or hop on a bicycle (which you can hire from Phoenix Park Bikes at the main gates into the park). The Peoples’ Gardens and nearby playground and the Wellington Memorial are all lovely spots to enjoy an ice-cream or picnic at. For those with lots of energy walk or cycle up Chesterfield Avenue to the Papal cross (Pope John Paul II visited in 1978) or join a free tour of the Irish President’s home, Aras An Uachtarain.
Farmleigh Estate- you can do a tour of the grand Victorian mansion which once belonged to the Guinness family and which today plays host to international guests of the Irish Government (Barack O’Bama is a dab hand with a hurley !). With a quaint farmers market at weekends, horses and donkeys on the grounds and exotic gardens to the rear of the main house there is just about anything you can think of to excite the imagination of children and children at heart.
Stop by Dublin Zoo, one of the oldest in the world, and home to the impressive African Plains exhibit. Visit the zoo’s cuddly little penguins – watch them play on the Zoo’s live webcam here! Dublin Zoo is a wonderful place to explore the animal kingdom and has an impressive menagerie of animals from across the globe. With several restaurants, daily animal feeds and talks on animal welfare, Dublin Zoo is a world of wonder.
How to get there?
How to get to the Phoenix Park? Easy – walk, it’s just 2km from the city centre, hop on the red line LUAS (tram line) from the city centre and disembark at the Heuston Station or hop off at the City Sightseeing Dublin bus stop 19. To find more things to do in Dublin call in and say hello to the friendly Dublin Visitor Centre team