Dublin’s Phoenix Park

It’s name comes from the Irish ‘fionn uisce’ meaning “clear water’
Once this was a private park used for hunting. It is now the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe and the Irish Government is currently lobbying UNESCO to have the park designated as a world heritage site.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in Dublin’s Phoenix Park

The Guinness family and Ireland’s premier accommodation for dignitaries

Farmleigh Estate is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin City and was originally a small Georgian house.. It was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness on his marriage to his cousin, Adelaide Guinness in 1873. Edward, the [...]

The longest pub with the longest continuous bar counter in Ireland

The Hole in the Wall Pub claims to be the longest pub in Ireland and has the longest continuous bar counter. It was originally a coach house and dates to the mid 1650's. During these [...]

The oldest ancient structure in Dublin City and the smallest ‘dolmen’ in Ireland

Knockmaree Dolmen is located in Phoenix Park in Dublin City. It dates from approx 3000 b.c > 1700 b.c and is probably the oldest monument near the city and possibly the smallest ‘dolmen’ structure in [...]

A castle lost in the middle of Phoenix Park for 250 years

There is a fascinating story why this castle looks so new....Ashtown Lodge was originally located on this site and in 1978 due to the presence of dry rot it was decided to demolish the 18th [...]

Residence of the US Ambassador to Ireland, 1776 & JFK

The US Ambassador's Residence (Deerfield) is located in Phoenix Park in Dublin City. It was built in 1776 for Sir John Blaquiere, the Chief Secretary for Ireland which was a akin to being the Prime [...]

A much overlooked building in Phoenix Park, James Gandon & The Irish Army

This is The Irish Army Headquarters built in 1786 as the Royal Military Infirmary by the designs of James Gandon.

The Pope, 1 million people and a Baby Boom!

The Papal Cross is located in Phoenix Park in Dublin City. It is a simple white cross made of steel that stands 116 feet high. It was erected for the Papal visit of Pope John [...]

Among the most technologically advanced courts facilities in the World

The Criminal Courts of Justice are located on Parkgate Street in Dublin City. They were designed by Henry J Lyons Architects and opened in 2010. This is the largest courts project undertaken in Ireland for [...]

Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park. Dublin City – 1751 (‘House of the President’)

Aras an Uachtarain means 'House of the President' in Irish. The original house was built in 1751 and was designed by and for the park ranger and amateur architect, Nathaniel Clements. It then became home [...]

A powder magazine, Johnathan Swift & The Christmas Raid

Magazine Fort is located on the south side of Phoenix Park. This is the location where a house called Phoenix Lodge once stood. In 1734 the house was knocked down and the Duke of Dorset [...]

Europe’s tallest obelisk

The Wellington Testimonial, Phoenix Park, Dublin City The Wellington Testimonial stands over 200-feet high in Dublin’s Phoenix Park making it Europe's largest obelisk. It was built between 1817 and 1861 as a commemoration to the [...]

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