The Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park Dublin Cycle Loop

Distance: 9km
Climbing: 87m

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This loop takes you around the quietest roads of the Phoenix Park in Dublin City.

It’s the perfect way to unwind, for both Dubliners and visitors, who play all sorts of sports in the park. There is bike hire available at the main entrance.

This route goes around the park clockwise. This maximises the time spent on the south side of the park, as it includes the only proper hill.

The downside is that you are going slightly downhill along the north side of the park, where the surface is very poor. For this reason cyclists in training often go in an anti-clockwise direction so that they travel uphill on the bad surface and it doesn’t slow them down as much. But riding for fun, we prefer to go in a clockwise direction.


The Phoenix Park is one of the the finest city parks in Europe and has several herds of deer.

The Wellington Monument was built to commemorate the Irish-born Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

The Papal Cross saw over one million people gather to see the pope in September 1979.

Phoenix Park Dublin Cycle Loop Useful Info

There are bikes for hire inside the main entrance on the eastern side of the park.

Side entrances close at darkness but the park remains open.

Most traffic in the park uses the main road running from the northwest to southeast.

The park is very popular with Dubliners to run and cycle in, particularly in the evenings after work.

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