The Phoenix Park is one of the largest and most magnificent city parks in Europe. A lively and entertaining exhibition on the history and wildlife of the Phoenix Park is on display in the Visitor Centre.
Here visitors can receive information and enjoy a historical interpretation of the park from 3500BC to the present day. There is a special section for children which allows them to explore the wonders of forest life. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly on display in the centre.
Adjoining the Visitor Centre is the fully restored Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower house that probably dates before the 17th century. The castle had been incorporated into an 18th century mansion and was 'rediscovered' when this building was demolished due to dry rot.
November-mid March: Wednesday-Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm
Mid March-End Oct: Daily 10.00am-5.45pm
Approximate duration of visit: 1 hour.
Last admission 45 minutes before closure.
Free admission tickets to Aras an Uachtarain issued at Visitor Centre on the day. Group and/or advance booking not permitted. Guided tours: 10.30am-4pm Summer, 10.30am - 3.30pm Winter. For confirmation, tel:01 677 7129.
Minimum group number 20.
Audio-visual presentation, exhibitions, toilets, disabled toilets, car/coach park and restaurant/picnic tables.
Access for people with disabilities to the ground floor. Restaurant in grounds of Visitor Centre.
How to Get There:
Buses: 37, 38, 39 (from Middle Abbey Street to Ashtown Gate).
OPW Yearly heritage Cards available here!