Phoenix Park

The Sat Nav co-ordinates are 53.355393, -6.348823

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From Dublin city centre it is easy to get to the Park. From O’Connell Bridge take the South Quay as far as Heuston Station. Turn right at Heuston Bridge and then left into Parkgate Street. The park entrance is a few hundred metres ahead on the right. Drive into the park and go all the way to the Phoenix monument roundabout, then turn left. Park your car in the car park ahead on the left and go walking. You should see the deer from here.

The Phoenix Park in Dublin is Europe’s largest enclosed park and is home to a large herd of deer that wanders the park.

 

These are Fallow Deer that are not native to Ireland, although they are here a long time. They came with the Norman’s in the 13th century. Although the deer can roam the park freely, they are most often found in the area around the Papal Cross, a large landmark cross that is over 35 metres tall, or in the “15 Acres” a large open space with football fields.

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There are several major establishments in the park including the headquarters of Irish police force, the official residence of the Irish President, the official residence of the American Ambassador to Ireland, St. Mary’s Hospital and Dublin Zoo.

 

There is a secluded pond in the park with some amazing ducks. They are not native to Ireland but they were introduced here as part of a biodiversity project.

The images above show mandarin ducks and a wood duck.

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