All of our day tours begin & end in Dublin so we have decided to tell you a little bit about its largest park. Dublin’s largest park also happens to be the largest urban park in Europe! Established in 1662 at 707 hectares the Phoenix Park was originally supposed to be a royal deer park. However the park went on to play many roles.
The park contains the official home of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin. This was built way back in 1750. It is right beside the United States Ambassador’s residence, which was built in 1774. The Park features numerous walking and cycling trails and is open all year round. About 30% of the park is covered in trees. This makes it a safe home for many animals and a wide range of habitats are in the park.
This park has also seen some historic visits including Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1979. Right after the Pope arrived he took a helicopter straight to the park where he gave mass to 1,250,000 people. Today the spot that he performed the mass in is marked by a Papal Cross. The cross is 35 metres tall and can’t be missed.
Other notable attractions in the park include Dublin Zoo. The Zoo is one of Dublin’s main attractions and is the biggest in Ireland. It opened in 1931 making it the 3rd oldest zoo in the world! The zoo houses over 700 animals and tropical birds from around the word.
Finally the Wellington Testimonial is well worth a look. The obelisk is 62 metres tall and commemorates the victory of The Duke of Wellington. It is the largest obelisk in Europe and would be even higher if the public funding had not run out.
As you can see there is plenty to do so make sure you swing by!