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Museums in Dublin

Museums in Dublin

Here at the Ashling Hotel, we are extremely lucky to have some of Dublin’s finest museums within 5km of our front door. We’ve picked out some of the best museums close to the hotel and we recommend you check them out on your next trip to Dublin. Why not learn a little about Irish history and culture?

National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History Museum at Collins Barracks
Only a matter of footsteps away from our front door. The museum is ideal for Irish history enthusiasts as it explores Ireland’s social, military, political and economic progress throughout the years. Artefacts and exhibitions on display are examples of furniture, weaponry, folklore costumes that have been used over the years in Ireland. Learn about the most famous yacht in Irish History, the Asgard Yacht, which was used in 1914 in the Howth gun running. As an added bonus, the museum is free of charge.

EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum
The award winning EPIC is located in Dublin’s Docklands which is only 7 stops away on the Luas Tram. The museum is dedicated to the 10 million men and women who emigrated all over the world from Ireland. Discover why 10 million Irish people left their homeland and how they shaped the world through this fully interactive museum. Uncover 1,500 years of Irish history through touchscreens, video galleries, sensor quizzes, sensor games and audio to have an enjoyable and informative experience.

The Little Museum of Dublin
Situated in an 18th-century Georgian town house located on St. Stephens Green and described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by the Irish Times. The museum tells the story and history of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. The treasures, photographs and artefacts in the museum are donated by Dubliner’s which shape the museum and tell Dublin’s story.

Dublin Writers Museum
Literature is a key component of Irish history and culture. The Dublin Writers Museum showcases the work of world-famous Irish literature icons including W.B Yeats and James Joyce. Personal items, books, letters and portraits are on display in the museum for visitors to enjoy. The museum holds exhibitions, readings and has a special room devoted to children’s literature so the museum is suited for everyone.

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Showcases the fascinating stories of those laid to rest in the cemetery. There is an impressive collection of statues and headstones from the simplest to the magnificently ornate. Icons such as Daniel O’Donnell, Michael Collins and Countess Markievicz are all buried in this cemetery. There are exhibitions on throughout the year in the museum as well as guided tours. Visit the graves of Irish heroes and listen to the extraordinary stories told about them.

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Public Transport – Getting around Dublin

Public Transport – Getting around Dublin

Here at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin we are very fortunate to have many public transport options right on our doorstep.  Buses, trains and trams are all just a 2 minute walk away from our front door. To help you plan your trip to Dublin we’ve put together this quick public transport guide so you can make the most of your visit.

Leap Card

First things first, we recommend that you buy a ‘Leap Visitor Card’. It’s a contactless smart card that can be used on the majority of transport services in Dublin, it makes getting around easy and saves worrying about having the correct change! Cards are available to buy here or from most newsagents in the city.

The Leap Visitor Card Prices:

1 day (24 hours) – €10.00

3 days (72 hours) – €19.50

7 days (168 hours) – €40.00

LUAS Tram

The LUAS Tram (Red Line) goes right past our front door and will bring you straight into the city centre in a matter of minutes. If shopping is your thing, get off at Jervis Shopping Centre and browse the shops or hop off on Abbey Street to visit the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre or take a few snaps of the iconic Spire, a 121m high pin-like, stainless steel monument located in the middle of Dublin’s famous O’Connell Street that commemorates the 1916 Rising (A must see!). Leap cards are accepted at all LUAS Tram stops across the city.

Dublin Bus

There are 4 Dublin bus routes (25a/25b/66/67) close to the Ashling Hotel that run to Merrion Square through the city centre. Hop off anywhere in the city centre and explore or get off at Merrion Square, the heart of Georgian Dublin and check out the Oscar Wilde statue and visit the museums or take a short walk over to St. Stephens Green Park and hit the boutique shops on Grafton Street. Leap cards are accepted on Dublin Bus.

Train

Heuston Intercity Railway Station is a 2-minute walk from our front door and has train services that connect Dublin with the rest of Ireland. Train’s from Heuston Station serve cities like Cork, Galway, Limerick and many places in between. If you would like to go on a day trip, train tickets can be purchased in Heuston Station or online.

Hop on Hop off Tours

Many of our guests recommend the Hop on Hop off bus tour. The tour bus passes all of Dublin’s premier attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and Kilmainham Goal. Catch the bus on Parkgate Street right beside the hotel and explore all that Dublin has to offer. Commentary on board is delivered in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Cantonese, German, Italian, French, Russian, and Japanese). Tickets can be purchased from our Front Desk Team at reception.

From Dublin Airport

Getting to the Ashling Hotel from Dublin Airport couldn’t be easier! The 747 Airlink Bus runs between Dublin Airport to Heuston Station which is just a 2 minute walk from our front door. Services run every 15-20 minutes and tickets cost €7 single and €12 return. The journey can take up to 1 hour depending on traffic levels in the city but don’t worry, you’ll be with us in no time!

 

And for those who choose to drive or rent a car, we have our own car park on site with a special rate for overnight guests.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the transport options that surround the Ashling Hotel. Our front desk team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have during your stay.

 

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Shopping in Dublin

Shopping in Dublin

Dublin is a shopping lover’s paradise! There are a wide range of shops to suit all tastes from designer boutiques to your high street favourites. Here at the Ashling Hotel, we are just a short Luas tram or bus ride away from some of the most popular shopping districts in Dublin.

Dublin city centre is only a matter of minutes away from the Ashling Hotel via Luas tram. O’Connell Street and Henry Street are popular shopping districts with high street shops such as New Look, River Island, Lifestyle Sports and of course, Penneys, known internationally as Primark. On Grafton Street you’ll find trendy boutiques and designer stores such as Tommy Hilfiger and Dune and one of Ireland’s favourite department stores, Brown Thomas.

Dundrum Town Centre is Ireland’s largest shopping centre with over 165 shops and restaurants. Dundrum is easily accessible from our hotel on public transport, catch the Red Line Luas tram to the city centre and then change to Green Line for a few stops. Dundrum has the high street favourites along with many designer stores all under one roof. There are plenty food outlets along with a cinema in Dundrum too so why not make a day of it, hit the shops, grab a bite to eat then relax and watch a movie?

With Heuston Intercity Railway Station only a matter of steps away from the hotel, why not take a shopping trip down to Kildare Village? Kildare Village has major designer brands at discounted prices. Big designer brands such as Boss, Calvin Klein and Moncler all have outlets in Kildare Village so why not try and pick up a bargain!

If markets are more your thing, there are many on offer in Dublin too. Temple Bar Food Market is a popular spot for foodies in the heart of Dublin city centre. It’s easily accessible from the hotel via the Red Line Luas tram and there is a great selection of different fresh foods available at the market including breads, crepes and cheeses. The market is open every Saturday from 10am to 5pm at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.

After a long day of shopping, unwind and relax back in the hotel. You might fancy a meal in the hotel, enjoy a drink in the hotel’s Iveagh bar or if you just want to dive into bed, order a room service pizza to your room.

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A day out in Dublin

A Day Out in Dublin

Dublin city is full of great things to do, whether you’re interested in art, history, fashion, the great outdoors a culture vulture you’ll find something to do in Dublin!

Many of our guests ask us for recommendations of things to do and places to see while they’re visiting Dublin so we’ve put together a sample itinerary for a full day out in Dublin.

Morning

Guests should definitely start their day with our legendary breakfast. Set yourself up for the day ahead and choose from our selection of over 120 breakfast items, from nuts, seeds, donuts, fruit, yogurts, gluten free options, full Irish breakfast, and many different cereals, the variety is endless.

After breakfast, take a walk through the Phoenix Park and take in some fresh air. Make sure you keep an eye out for the Fallow deer who roam the park and were the inspiration behind the Ashling Hotel logo.

After you’ve stretched your legs in the Phoenix Park, check out the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, it’s just steps away from the Ashling Hotel’s front door.  The museum is ideal for those with an interest in decorative arts and history, and it’s free of charge as well.

The Luas tram stops right outside the museum’s front door, once you’re done hop on for 2 stops and you’re in the city centre.

Afternoon

Dublin city centre is a haven of activity! We recommend that you take a stroll through the city and visit the Wax Museum on Westmorland street where you’ll find all kinds of characters. Next head towards Trinity College and see the world famous Book of Kells. Afterwards, walk along Grafton Street and browse through the stores.

Evening

Once you’re finished exploring the city centre, come back to the hotel and grab a bite to eat in our Iveagh Bar. We’ve got a variety of dishes on our menu from chicken wings and burgers to pizzas and salads. Our Food and Beverage team will be happy to give you some tips on drinks and cocktails to have with your meal.

For the complete Irish experience head back into the city centre and visit the Brazen Head pub, it’s one of Ireland’s oldest pubs.

Without a doubt you should definitely visit Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter and well-known spot for its lively nightlife. You’ll find everything from traditional Irish pubs with live music to busy night clubs! It’s the ultimate tourist hub in Dublin.

If you’re not in the partying mood, you can come back to the hotel, let us look after you, enjoy a quiet night cap in our Iveagh Bar or go back to your bedroom, sit back and order a room service pizza of your choice.

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Things to do in Dublin that won’t cost a cent

Dublin has so many great things to do and many are free of charge to the general public. At the Ashling Hotel, we’ve put together a list of things to do in Dublin that won’t cost you a cent!

National Botanic Gardens

Located in Glasnevin, Dublin 11, and are only 3km from Dublin City Centre. The National Botanic Gardens is the perfect attraction for people that take an interest in botany and nature. Take a walk around the gardens and witness the collection of over 300 plant species from all over the world. The gardens are well known for their efforts to protect and conserve the species and their historic glasshouses. Take the Luas tram right outside the hotel into the City Centre and then a short journey on Dublin Bus (83/83a/13/9 routes) to the gardens. The National Botanic Gardens is open 7 days a week.

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History Museum (Collins Barracks)

Right beside our hotel, a matter of footsteps away from our front door. This museum is ideal for Irish history enthusiasts and has exhibitions on display with crafts, design, interiors and furniture, silverware, accessories and jewellery from many years ago in Ireland. There is also an exhibit labelled ‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’. This display was set up in 2016 to remember the events that took place in Ireland 100 years ago and explores the background of the 1916 Rising with the aim to educate more people on the 1916 Rising. The museum is open 7 days a week and is free of charge.

The Irish National War Memorial Garden

Located in Islandbridge and only a 20 minute walk from the hotel. The War Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914–1918. The garden is one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe and is also known for its architectural interest and beauty as well as the historic aspect. Guests staying at the Ashling hotel should seize the opportunity to take the trip over to see the gardens. The Irish National War Memorial Garden is open to the public 7 days a week and won’t cost you a cent!

 

The National Gallery of Ireland

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the gallery is extremely appealing for individuals with an interest in art. The exhibition’s on display show collections, descriptions and narratives about art and society and there will be many different exhibits on display throughout the year. Head down to the gallery and check out the art, it’s open 7 days a week.

Phoenix Park

A walk around Phoenix Park is an ideal day out for everybody, especially families with kids. Bike tours, Segway tours are just some of things going on in the park daily. Phoenix Park is a 5 minute walk from the Ashling Hotel, no public transport needed. Admission to the park is free, however, there is a small charge for bike and Segway hire. Áras An Uachtaráin is located in Phoenix Park, it is the official residence of the President of Ireland and definitely worth checking out. Tours of Áras An Uachtaráin take place almost every Saturday and are free of charge.

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Dublin’s Whiskey Distilleries

Dublin’s Whiskey Distilleries – All within 5 Kilometres of the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 

Ireland and Dublin in particular has a long history of producing Whiskey dating as far back as the 18th century. At one time, almost 40 distilleries were in operation in one area of Dublin known as the Golden Triangle in the Liberties. In the 20th century the industry declined with the last of the distilleries closing its doors in 1973. Nowadays, the Whiskey industry is making a revival with cool and trendy distilleries popping up regularly.  Here at the Ashling Hotel, we are within walking distance of some of Dublin’s best known distilleries and certainly recommend paying one of, if not all three of them a visit the next time you’re in Dublin.

 

Jameson Distillery Bow Street

Jameson is one of the most recognisable brands when it comes to Irish Whiskey. The recently refurbished Jameson Distillery on Bow Street is just a 10-minute walk away from the Ashling Hotel or just one stop away on the LUAS Tram. The Jameson Distillery first opened its doors back in 1780 and although Whiskey isn’t produced there today, a tour of the factory gives you a step by step walk through on the production process and some interesting insights into the history of the famous brand.  Some of the Ashling Hotel Front Desk team were lucky enough to be invited along to the new look Jameson Distillery shortly after it reopened in 2017. They can certainly recommend it!

Teeling Distillery

Located in the famous Liberties area of Dublin city, Teeling was one of the newest whiskey distilleries to open in Dublin in over 100 years. The Teeling family have a long history of making whiskey dating back to 1782 when a craft distillery was set up on Marrowbone Lane. Now, 230 years later the new generation of the Teeling family are carrying on the  legacy. This, unlike many others, is fully functioning and dispenses hundreds of thousands of litres of whiskey a year.

Pearse Lyons Distillery

A new distillery located in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin city. The distillery itself is has a unique home, in the old St. James church on James Street.  Pearse Lyons opened its doors in 2017 and has welcomed thousands of visitors since. During renovations, the owners updated the old and damaged stain glass windows of the church and put their own unique stamp on them, the windows now tell four different stories including ‘How Irish Whiskey is Made’ and ‘The Art of Coopering’.  Our Food and Beverage team were invited along to check the distillery out before it opened to the public in Summer 2017. Needless to say, they were very impressed!

Once you’re done exploring the distilleries, sit back, relax and let us look after you at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Grab a bite to eat in our stylish Iveagh Bar and sample your favourite cocktail or make use of our free Wi-Fi and tell your friends about your day out in Dublin on Social Media.

 

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Backstreets of Dublin

We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the hotel every year, many of whom come to explore all that Dublin has to offer. We’re fortunate to be in such a prime location in Dublin city within walking distance of some of Dublin’s best known attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and Jameson Distillery.
Dublin is full of great things to do but if you look a little closer to the immediate area around the Ashling Hotel there are some interesting things to do that sometimes slip under the radar. Arbour Hill Cemetery, the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Lilliput Press, Croppies Acre the 1798 Irish Rebellion Memorial Park and the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” in Croppies Park are all just a short stroll away.

To help you plan your day out in Dublin, we’ve put together this list of things for you to check out during your stay.

Arbour Hill Cemetery and Memorial
Here you can visit the graves of the dignitaries of the 1916 Easter Rising. The grave site is surrounded by a limestone wall with the names of the deceased inscribed in both Irish and English. To the rear of the cemetery is the United Nations Veterans Association house and gardens and is certainly worth checking out too.

Lilliput Press
The Lilliput Press is one of Irelands smallest and most prestigious publishing houses and is located just a few hundred metres away from the Ashling Hotel. More than 500 titles have been printed and popular topics of books include Irish History, Memoirs and Architecture.

Manor Street
Take a walk through Manor Street in the heart of Stoneybatter, one of Dublin’s Hippest neighbourhoods. You’ll find a wealth of independent shops, deli’s, café’s and traditional pubs. There are some great spots to sit and grab a cup of coffee and watch the world go by or try sampling a local craft beer in L. Mulligan Grocers, a traditional Irish Pub.

National Museum of Decorative Arts at Collins Barracks
The National Museum is just a minutes walk away from the hotel. Here you’ll find exhibitions of furniture, glassware, ceramics and clothing from years gone by. While you’re there, check out the Asgard Yacht exhibition too, the yacht was used during the 1914 Howth Gun Running.

Croppies Acre
Croppies Acre, opposite the National Museum, is a memorial dedicated to those who took part and lost their lives in the 1798 United Irishmen Rebellion. Rumour has it that the site is also a mass grave containing the bodies of those who lost their lives during the rebellion. The term croppies refers to the tight haircuts worn by the Irish rebels at the time as they mimicked the style of the French revolutionaries.

Anna Livia Statue at Croppies Park – “Floozy in the Jacuzzi”
The Anna Livia statue, widely known as the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” lies in Croppies Park outside the Ashling Hotel. The statue was moved here for safe keeping in 2010 from her former home in the city centre. At weekends, late night revellers thought it would be a great idea to fill the fountain up with washing up liquid and give Anna Livia a bubble bath! Our front facing bedrooms on the higher floors can look out on the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” to ensure she is safe and well!

Once you’re done exploring, let us look after you! Relax in your room and order some Room Service or why not enjoy a cocktail in the Iveagh Bar, or avail of our free Wi-Fi and tell your friends about your trip to Dublin on Social Media using the hashtag #ashlinghoteldublin.

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In The City – By The Park

Here at the Ashling Hotel we actively encourage our guests to get out and about to explore all Dublin has to offer, so much so that we provide a range of take away food, drinks and snacks for them to take with them on their day out.

We’re very fortunate to have so many of Dublin’s finest attractions within just a few kilometres of the hotel, including the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park and one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and here at the Ashling Hotel we’re just a few minutes’ walk away. In fact, we’re so close to the Park that we often refer to it as our back garden!

Phoenix Park is loved by Dubliners and visitors alike. Every year the park plays host to countless concerts and events. Global music stars such an Coldplay and Robbie Williams have played spectacular concerts in the park over the years, in fact the park even held an audience with the Pope back in 1979 which drew in over 2 million people. Ireland’s Largest Gardening festival, Bloom, also draws thousands of people to the park every year.

Here’s a little tip; the best time to see the park is bright and early in the morning when all is calm and the mist is still lingering in the air, it’s beautiful.

Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s biggest family attractions. The Zoo first opened its doors on the September 1st 1831 and spreads over 28 hectares. Each year over 1 million people pass through its doors to see the animals. At the moment, over 400 animals live in Dublin Zoo with a mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates all on display. It is the ideal place to go if you have children, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants, it’s definitely not to be missed! Zoorasic World has just opened too, there’s a life-sized model of a T-Rex (rumour has it, his name is Stan),  along with pythons and forest dragons all housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the kiddies will love it!

Fallow Deer
Did you know that the Phoenix Park was originally a deer park? The herds Fallow Deer can still be seen roaming around the park today. The deer were also the inspiration behind our Ashling Hotel logo. The team here at the Ashling Hotel are so committed that they’d go to great lengths for a photo opportunity. Here’s Jamie, our Food and Beverage Manager, stretched out trying to get a photo of the deer.

Aras an Uacharain
Aras an Uacharain is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in the centre of the Phoenix Park. The house has a colourful history and many years ago was home to the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938 the house became the official residence of the President of Ireland. Tours are available on Saturdays only and are free of charge (yes, free!)

Ashtown Castle
Ashtown castle is a medieval tower house that dates back to the 17th century. The castle is officially the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. Nowadays, the castle is home to part of the Phoenix Park visitor centre where you can enjoy audio visual presentations on the park and check out the various exhibits and demonstrations.

Tours
If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the phoenix park then a Segway tour is the way to go. Tours are available seven days a week and last for approximately one hour and take in all of the park’s main attractions along the way.
Alternatively, you can hire a bike and head off exploring the park yourself. You can pick up bikes just inside the main entrance on Parkgate Street and they cater for all ages. The newly extended cycle trails make this a really enjoyable way of exploring the park.

Did you know that Chesterfields Restaurant here in the Ashling Hotel gets its name from Chesterfield Avenue which runs through the park? The fourth Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745 and is credited with initiating a series of landscape works in the Phoenix Park. These included considerable replanting of the Park as well as planting of elm trees on either side of the main avenue which bears his name. But above all it was he who awarded the lasting benefit of throwing open this splendid Park to the citizens of Dublin and the public in general in 1745 and then followed the erection of the Phoenix Column which is located in the centre of the Park and forms a focal point of a large roundabout on the beautiful tree-lined Chesterfield Avenue.

Once you’ve taken in all that the Phoenix park has to offer, stroll back Ashling Hotel and enjoy a dreamy night in. Sample the latest cocktail in the Iveagh Bar or order room service and catch up on your favourite TV Show.

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Dublin Days Out, Dreamy Nights In

Here at the Ashling Hotel, we know our guests don’t just come to see us, but for many reasons, one of which is exploring our wonderful city of Dublin.

Dublin has a wealth of great things to do with famous visitor attractions such as the Guinness Store house, Phoenix Park and Temple Bar all just a within 5 kilometres of the Ashling Hotel. Further afield, a twenty-minute journey will take you to the coastal towns of Howth and Dun Laoghaire, perfect for a fun day out. We have a ‘Take Out’ range of food and drink for our guests who were heading off for their ‘Day Out’ and may not have time to stop for lunch or just want something to snack on.

Then we have ‘Dreamy Nights In’ relating to all the things that one can do at the Ashling Hotel – relax in our Iveagh Bar with a cocktail or craft beer, dine in our Chesterfields Restaurant, log into our free Wifi and surf the net, watch television from under your duvet or have Room Service. Did you know that Ashling is the Irish for dream?

Our freshly prepared Take Out range of food and drink is available from Chesterfields Restaurant throughout the day. Room service menu is available from 4-9.30 pm and pizzas are on hand 24 hours a day.

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Here at the Ashling Hotel we actively encourage our guests to get out and about to explore all Dublin has to offer, so much so that we provide a range of take away food, drinks and snacks for them to take with them on their day out.

We’re very fortunate to have so many of Dublin’s finest attractions within just a few kilometres of the hotel, including the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park and one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and here at the Ashling Hotel we’re just a few minutes’ walk away. In fact, we’re so close to the Park that we often refer to it as our back garden!

Phoenix Park is loved by Dubliners and visitors alike. Every year the park plays host to countless concerts and events. Global music stars such an Coldplay and Robbie Williams have played spectacular concerts in the park over the years, in fact the park even held an audience with the Pope back in 1979 which drew in over 2 million people. Ireland’s Largest Gardening festival, Bloom, also draws thousands of people to the park every year.

Here’s a little tip; the best time to see the park is bright and early in the morning when all is calm and the mist is still lingering in the air, it’s beautiful.

Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s biggest family attractions. The Zoo first opened its doors on the September 1st 1831 and spreads over 28 hectares. Each year over 1 million people pass through its doors to see the animals. At the moment, over 400 animals live in Dublin Zoo with a mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates all on display. It is the ideal place to go if you have children, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants, it’s definitely not to be missed! Zoorasic World has just opened too, there’s a life-sized model of a T-Rex (rumour has it, his name is Stan), along with pythons and forest dragons all housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the kiddies will love it!

Fallow Deer
Did you know that the Phoenix Park was originally a deer park? The herds Fallow Deer can still be seen roaming around the park today. The deer were also the inspiration behind our Ashling Hotel logo. The team here at the Ashling Hotel are so committed that they’d go to great lengths for a photo opportunity. Here’s Jamie, our Food and Beverage Manager, stretched out trying to get a photo of the deer.

Aras an Uacharain
Aras an Uacharain is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in the centre of the Phoenix Park. The house has a colourful history and many years ago was home to the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938 the house became the official residence of the President of Ireland. Tours are available on Saturdays only and are free of charge (yes, free!)

Ashtown Castle
Ashtown castle is a medieval tower house that dates back to the 17th century. The castle is officially the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. Nowadays, the castle is home to part of the Phoenix Park visitor centre where you can enjoy audio visual presentations on the park and check out the various exhibits and demonstrations.

Tours
If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the phoenix park then a Segway tour is the way to go. Tours are available seven days a week and last for approximately one hour and take in all of the park’s main attractions along the way.
Alternatively, you can hire a bike and head off exploring the park yourself. You can pick up bikes just inside the main entrance on Parkgate Street and they cater for all ages. The newly extended cycle trails make this a really enjoyable way of exploring the park.

Did you know that Chesterfields Restaurant here in the Ashling Hotel gets its name from Chesterfield Avenue which runs through the park? The fourth Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745 and is credited with initiating a series of landscape works in the Phoenix Park. These included considerable replanting of the Park as well as planting of elm trees on either side of the main avenue which bears his name. But above all it was he who awarded the lasting benefit of throwing open this splendid Park to the citizens of Dublin and the public in general in 1745 and then followed the erection of the Phoenix Column which is located in the centre of the Park and forms a focal point of a large roundabout on the beautiful tree-lined Chesterfield Avenue.

Once you’ve taken in all that the Phoenix park has to offer, stroll back Ashling Hotel and enjoy a dreamy night in. Sample the latest cocktail in the Iveagh Bar or order room service and catch up on your favourite TV Show.