Wide view of Farmleigh house, a historic house, estate and working farm is the official Irish state guest house, in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. Shot on a sunny day with blue skies and lots of foliage

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The Irish government's official guesthouse is this fine Georgian-Victorian pile designed by James Gandon. Originally part of the Guinness estate, it was immaculately restored in 2001. The guided tour only includes the ground floor, but it's still pretty impressive, especially the fantastic library and glass conservatory. The vast pleasure gardens with lake and walled and Japanese gardens are a delight to stroll. The 37m clock tower once housed an 8000L water tank that serviced the estate; views from the top are sensational.

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1. Strawberry Beds

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Running alongside the northern banks of the Liffey between the villages of Chapelizod and Lucan, roughly along the western edge of Phoenix Park, is the…

2. Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

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The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre has a self-guided exhibition on the history and wildlife of the park; you can also arrange and collect tickets for the…

3. Phoenix Park


The hugely impressive 707 hectares that comprise Dublin's Phoenix Park are not just a magnificent playground for all kinds of sport—from running to polo…

4. Ashtown Castle


The restored four-storey Ashtown Castle is a 17th-century tower house that was 'discovered' inside the 18th-century nuncio's mansion when the latter was…

5. Papal Cross


In the centre of Phoenix Park, the Papal Cross marks the site where Pope John Paul II preached to 1.25 million people in 1979. Pope Francis celebrated…

6. Phoenix Monument

1.45 MILES

The Phoenix Monument, a Corinthian column topped by a very un-phoenix-like bird, was erected by Lord Chesterfield in 1747, and is often referred to…

7. Áras an Uachtaráin


The official residence of the Irish president, this white Palladian lodge was originally built in 1751 and has been enlarged a couple of times since, most…

8. Magazine Fort

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Towards Phoenix Park's Parkgate entrance is Magazine Fort on Thomas' Hill. Built between 1734 and 1801, the fort served as an occasional arms depot for…