Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport is a 4-star hotel in North County Dublin located a short distance from Dublin Airport. Ideally located to all of the sights of Dublin City Centre including the famous Phoenix Park, only 10 kilometres from the hotel.
The Phoenix Park is a beautiful park and covers an area of 707 hectares. It is one of Ireland’s most historical landscapes and also one of Europe’s largest designed landscapes. The park was originally opened in 17th century and was known as the Royal Deer Park, Deer still reside in the park today and roam freely.
Things to see and do in the park
Aras an Uachtaran
Is the home and office of the current President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabine. Many of the presidents’ official duties are carried out here and also state business. International presidents have been welcomed here including American presidents, President Bill Clinton, President John F, Kennedy, President Obama and the Queen of England as well as many world leaders. The visitor centre is open for tours and visits throughout the year and it should not be missed.
Farmleigh House is situated in the north west of the phoenix park and was the original home of one of the Guinness family. The home has been restored and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens and also the boathouse cafe which sits on the beautiful lake open from 10am-5pm daily.
The Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo. Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland’s largest family attractions and is home to over 100 different species of animal. The hotel can provide families with information on how to buy tickets for the zoo, please ask at reception.
Now one of Ireland’s biggest festivals and consumer shows, Bloom festival is now an annual fixture in the Phoenix Park and is usually held on the June bank holiday. Similar to the Chelsea Flower Show, it celebrates beautiful flora of Ireland and also exotic flowers. Bloom festival is also foodie heaven with Ireland’s artisan producers show casing their delicious products from all over the country.
Travelling to The Phoenix Park
The Phoenix Park is 10 kilometres drive from the hotel, it is recommended that you take a short cut through the Port Tunnel, from here drive south on the quays until you reach Heuston station. Take right turn before Heuston station. Take the next left and then take a right at the criminal courts onto Infirmary road, drive straight up Infirmary road and the entrance to the park will be on your left.
By Bus & Luas
Take the complimentary airport shuttle from Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport departing every 20 minutes from outside the hotel. Change bus to the number 16 at the airport which will bring you to O’ Connell Street. From here either take the Luas, Dublin’s tram system, southbound to stop called ‘Museum’. The Phoenix Park is a short 5-minute walk. Walk straight toward the criminal courts at the corner of Infirmary Road. Turn right onto Infirmary Road and the entrance to the park is on your left. Alternatively, from the city centre you can take a number of buses 25, 26, 46A, 66 / 66A / 66B, 67, 69 or the Dublin hop on hop off bus tour.
Not a weekend goes by without something happening in the Phoenix Park, it is one of Dublin’s loveliest places to visit and the team at Clayton Hotel Dublin recommend it for a great day out.