Phoenix Park, Dublin
Dublin has many parks in all shapes and sizes. Go there for lunch, for a walk or just to be away from the bustling city and to watch people.
On the outskirts of the city centre, this huge park -900 hectares/2,223 acres- is the world's largest city park and houses among others the Dublin Zoo and the residence of the Irish President Mary McAleese.
In the window sill of the President's residence there is always a candle burning. This tradition stems from the time of the Famine when many Irishmen left for the USA. The families left behind would lit a candle as a sign they would be waiting for their loved ones to return. Nowadays, the candle is burning for the Irish to know that, wherever in the world they may be, there will always be someone waiting for them, and they will always be welcome back. Isn't that a nice thought?
Take a bus from the city centre, as it is too far to walk.
St. Stephen's Green
Situated at the top of Grafton Street, opposite St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and surrounded by traffic on all four sides, this is a nice example of how a walk in the park can make you forget the hustle and bustle of the city around you. On summer days you can see and hear musicians perform.
Close to the parliament buildings, the National Gallery and the Museum of Natural History, this beautiful park full of flowers is the favourite lunch spot for many employees of the neighbouring offices. Enjoy your sambos on one of the benches in the shadow or on the lawn in the sun! On one of the corners you can find a statue of the famous Oscar Wilde. Prepare yourself for a shock when you step outside and change the smell of flowers for that of car exhaust...
This park stretches from Annesley Bridge to the Clontarf Dart Station in Fairview and is best reached by bus 130. There are sports grounds, a playground and cycling tracks.
Dublin zoo:Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Tel: +353 1 6771425 Fax: +353 1 6771660.
JUST 3km from the City Centre in the grounds of The Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo.
The Zoo is set in 30 acres of landscaped grounds around ornamental lakes where over 700 animals and tropical birds from around the world can be seen.
A daily 'Meet the Keeper' and feeding programme operates which gives you the opportunity to learn about the many rare and endangered species that live in Dublin Zoo. In addition, there are always new babies or animals on breeding loan from other Zoos and Wildlife Parks to be seen.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Sundays 10:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Admission: Adults £5.50, Children £3.00, Senior Citizens £3.00,
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £15.00, (2 Adults and 4 children) £17.00.
How to get there: Buses: 10 from O’Connell Street, 25 & 26 from Middle Abbey Street.
Favorite thing: In 1979, John Paul II celebrated mass here to a congregation of approx 1 million people (depending on who's estimate you use)