Phoenix Park Visitor Centre & Ashtown Castle, Dublin

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Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, Ireland, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 707ha; it is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and since the 17th century has been home to a herd of wild fallow deer. The English name comes from the Irish fionn uisce meaning "clear water". The Irish Government is lobbying UNESCO to have the park designated as a world heritage site.HistoryAfter the Normans conquered Dublin and its hinterland in the 12th century, Hugh Tyrrel, 1st Baron of Castleknock, granted a large area of land, including what now comprises the Phoenix Park, to the Knights Hospitaller. They established an abbey at Kilmainham on the site now occupied by Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The knights lost their lands in 1537 following the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII of England. Eighty years later the lands reverted to the ownership of the King's representatives in Ireland. On the restoration of Charles II of England, his Viceroy in Dublin, the Duke of Ormonde, established a royal hunting park on the land in 1662. It contained pheasants and wild deer, making it necessary to enclose the entire area with a wall. The park originally included the demesne of Kilmainham Priory south of the River Liffey, but when the building of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham commenced in 1680, the park was reduced to its present size, all of which is now north of the river. It was opened to the people of Dublin by the Earl of Chesterfield in 1745.
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  • Was there with my other half. Great place and lovely walled garden. The coffee shop was lovely and not that expensive. It's has an outdoor and inside seating area. Quite on a week day but very busy at...  more »
  • NHW is great because not only tourists but also locals come to learn something new about the City they live in. I was stopping off in Phoenix Park en route home from Chapelizod for a walk but the rain...  more »
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  • Park was beautiful today. Easter weekend and was full of families. Really great spot. Really enjoyed it. Would recommend it to anyone to go and check it out. Some lovely walks throughout. Beautiful little coffee shack outside the restaurant as well. Outdoor and indoor seating available.
  • They have an amazing exhibition. There was a cafe too, but we couldn't try that due to the long queues.
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