The Phoenix Park is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, all year round.
Admission is free into the Park. The main gates at Parkgate Street and Castleknock Gate are open twenty-four hours. The side gates to the Park are open from approximately 7am until approximately 10.45pm.
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The People’s Flower Gardens are located between the Parkgate Street entrance, and the North Circular Road Gate entrance to the Phoenix Park.
They comprise of an area of twenty-two acres and were laid out and enclosed in 1864. The gardens were originally established in 1840 as the Promenade Grounds. They provide an opportunity to demonstrate Victorian horticulture at its best. A large ornamental lake, children’s playground, picnic areas and Victorian bedding schemes are just some of the attractions. The opening hours are 8am to dusk. Closing times vary during the year.
Now the residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin started as a modest brick house for the Phoenix Park Chief Ranger in 1751.
It was subsequently acquired as an “occasional residence” for the Lords Lieutenants and gradually evolved to a large mansion. After Ireland gained independence, it was occupied by three Governors General between 1922 and 1937, prior to the first president Dr Douglas Hyde taking up residence there.
Áras an Uachtaráin is open Saturdays only. Free admission tickets are issued at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on the day. Group and/or advance booking is not possible. Closed 24 – 26 December. Guided Tours: 10.15am – 4pm in summer, and 10.30am – 3.30pm in winter.
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Opening times are from 9.30am to 6.00pm. Last admission at 5.15pm.
Please note the Visitor Centre is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2nd January until 3rd March 2019.
Admission is free to a lively and entertaining self guiding exhibition on the history and the wildlife of the Park. There is also an Exhibition Room for visiting art exhibitions where exhibitions in various media and art and craft demonstrations take place regularly. Adjoining the Visitor Centre is the fully restored Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower house that dates from the seventeenth century.
Opening hours for the universal playground at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre: 9.30 am to one hour before sunset all year round, weather conditions permitting. Another universal access playground is located in the People’s Gardens close to the North Circular Road Gate entrance. Opening hours: 9.30 am to one hour before sunset all year round, weather conditions permitting.
There is bicycle parking available in the car park of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Ashtown Castle is a medieval tower-house.
Until 1978, this castle was hidden within the walls of a Georgian mansion (called Ashtown Lodge) that was occupied by the Under Secretary for Ireland. When the Georgian house was demolished in the late seventies, the castle was discovered inside. It has since been restored and is now open to the public. It may date from as early as the fifteenth century.
Tours of the Castle are organised from the Visitor Centre next door. The tour times of Ashtown Castle are 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. The tours are subject to availability.
The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden is open from 10am to 4pm daily, all year round.
The Walled Garden is a two-and-a-half-acre garden set in the grounds of the Visitor Centre. It is currently being restored to its original mid-Victorian layout. On the second Saturday of every month, the public are invited to meet the Phoenix Park gardeners between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the garden. Catch up on what is happening through the seasons with soil preparation, plant propagation, crop growing, herbaceous plants, and much more. Visitors should bring suitable footwear and rain gear.