Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is one of the best places in Dublin to visit for a leisurely cycle.

Cycling is not allowed in most of Dublin’s parks, but Phoenix Park has plenty of cycle-friendly features, and welcomes many cyclists – particularly when the weather’s nice.

There are dedicated cycle paths running the entire length of Chesterfield Avenue, the main road that runs through the centre of the park – although you have to watch out, as the bike paths are also incredibly popular with pedestrians, who sometime need a little gentle reminding to share the path.

Many of the side roads have bollards across them to stop through traffic, and these are nice and quiet to cycle along, and with a myriad of interconnecting paths, it’s a great place to explore! And even the side roads that do allow cars along them are fairly quiet outside of the weekday rush hours.


There’s a lot to see in the park including: Dublin Zoo; the residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin; the Papal Cross, which was the location of an outdoor mass for over 1 million Catholics when Pope John Paul II visited in 1979; the Wellington Monument, the largest obelisk in Europe; and the oldest cricket club in Ireland.

Wild Deer in Phoenix Park
Wild Deer in Phoenix Park

On a weekend there’s lots of sport going on, and there’s even a well-established model aircraft club. As well as all this activity there are loads of quiet areas if you want to escape it all. And if you’re lucky, you might also catch sight of the wild deer that live in the park.

If you don’t own your own bike, you can hire one for a few hours from Phoenix Park Bike Hire, who are located just inside the gates at the city end of the park.

As part of the Bike Week activities, Phoenix Park will host the Pedal in the Park event tomorrow (Sunday 23rd June 2013), which is a great family-friendly festival of cycling – allowing young and old to enjoy riding around the park, free from traffic.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

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