Phoenix Park Visitor Centre & Ashtown Castle

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.

Adjoining the Visitor Centre is the fully restored Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower house that probably dates from the 17th century. 

Please click on the following link for a full description of the History of Ashtown Demesne

There is also a restaurant, Phoenix Café, in the grounds of the Visitor Centre and a courtyard for eating al fresco.  Ph. 01 - 679 8211

Every Sunday morning free children's workshops on nature awareness, history and heritage and arts and crafts take place, suitable for ages 6-12 years inclusive, between 11.00am - 12.00pm.  Materials are provided and adult supervision is required.

Tours of Áras an Uachtaráin

Free admission tickets are issued at the Visitor Centre to visit Áras an Uachtaráin on Saturdays only.  Group and/or advance booking is not possible.

Closed 24th to 30th December inclusive, and also January 1st.

Guided Tours: 10.30am to 3.30pm

For confirmation please phone the Visitor Centre + 353 1 677 0095. 

Talks/Walks and other events are arranged at the Visitor Centre throughout the year.

General Visitor Information:

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Telephone No: +353 1 677 0095

Fax No: +353 1 672 6454


Opening Arrangements:

January - December / Open 7 days a week  from 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Last admission at 5.00 pm.

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.

Admission Charges: Free.

Books and publications available at the Visitor Centre
  • The Phoenix Park - An illustrated History of the Phoenix Park, Landscape and Management to 1880.
  • Wild Plants of the Phoenix Park.
  • Áras an Uachtaráin - A History of the President's House.
  • Phoenix Park Prints.
  • Phoenix Park 350th Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue.
  • Parks, Our Shared Heritage, The Phoenix Park Dublin & The Royal Parks London. ( April 2017).

Audio Visual, Exhibitions, toilets, car/coach park, Coffee Shop and Restaurant, Playground.

Seasonal Events:

Please check at site using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed:

Yes: At Visitor Centre and Ashtown Castle


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