Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and Ashtown Castle
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Dublin's Phoenix Park is one of the largest and most magnificent city parks in Europe. A lively and entertaining exhibition on the history and wildlife of the Phoenix Park is on display in the Visitor Centre.
The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre displays information and historical interpretations of the Phoenix Park from 3500BC to the present day. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly on display in the centre.
Adjoining the Visitor Centre is the fully restored Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower house that probably dates before the 17th century. The castle had been incorporated into an 18th century mansion and was 'rediscovered' when this building was demolished due to dry rot.
There is coffee shop across the court yard and you can visit the Victorian walled kitchen gardens. These beautifully maintained gardens are well worth a look and on the second Saturday of each month at 10.30 am the gardeners give a talk to the public.