Interpreting the Park

Academic research is essential to achieve a deeper understanding of the Park, which in turn is used as a tool to inform Park policy, necessary for its appropriate management.

All research must be carried out with regard to the principles of sustainability. Considerable research on the Phoenix Park has been undertaken by academic institutions and experts to date, and it is essential that this informative work is continued.

There are a wide range of publications associated with the Phoenix Park which are available to download here, or can be purchased from the Visitor Centre in the Phoenix Park. These publications comprise of brochures, books, and research papers. Conservation Management Plans are a particularly rich source of information on the Park and on heritage sites associated with the Park, such as Grangegorman Military Cemetery and the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.

Books which are available to purchase from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre include:


Wild Plants of the Phoenix Park (OPW Publication 1993; Brunswick Press)

John A. McCullen, An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Park Landscape and Management to 1880 (OPW Publication 2009; Celtic Press)

Phoenix Park 350th Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue (OPW Publication)

Parks Our Shared Heritage: Exhibition Catalogue

Bob Montgomery, RJ Mecredy: The Father of Irish Motoring (Dreoilin 2003)

Brendan Nolan, Phoenix Park: a History and Guidebook

Gold pen presented by Queen Victoria to W.S. Wilkie, bailiff of the Phoenix Park, 1861