Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is located near the bigger playground of Phoenix Park. In the grounds of the Visitor Centre, there is a lovely cafe selling gorgeous cakes and coffees, but if you wish to have a delicious lunch after a long walk in Phoenix Park, you will not be disappointed either, as it is also possible in the courtyard. Opposite the Visitor Centre, near Ashtown Castle, there is a great, grassy picnic area with benches, while next to the Centre you can take a stroll in a lovely walled garden.
As regards the Visitor Centre itself,
"Admission is free to a lively and entertaining self guiding exhibition on the history and the wildlife of the Phoenix Park which is on display in the Visitor Centre. Here the visitor can enjoy a historical interpretation of the park from 3500 B.C. to the present day and can also view a 20 minute audio-visual presentation on the Phoenix Park through the ages or on the history of Áras an Uachtaráin. A lift and stairs access the first floor of the Visitor Centre where there are further exhibits and a nature section. There is also an Exhibition Room for visiting art exhibitions where exhibitions in various media and art and craft demonstrations take place regularly." (OPW website)
In January, February and March, the Centre is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but it is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
How to get there: Bus: 37, 38, 39, 70
Entry is free