Did you know that you can spot wild deer in Dublin at Phoenix Park?
Phoenix Park, located just 2 km from the city centre, is a sprawling and picturesque green space. You can easily access it on foot, by bus, or via the red line Luas (Tram line).
It's worth noting that Phoenix Park is Europe's largest urban park, covering an area of 7 square kilometres. The entrance is completely free!
What's truly remarkable about Phoenix Park is that you can spot wild deer in Dublin. While tourists used to feed them carrots, it's important to remember that this practice is no longer allowed.
I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago, it was the mating season for these adorable creatures. I was fortunate because there were plenty of them. I must admit it was a bit intimidating as well since I found myself surrounded by deer with enormous antlers. However, they were simply searching for food (which is not permitted, please remember!) and some affectionate interaction.
Once there you will get the Bambi feeling, yes... I am talking about the Walt Disney animated film!
Phoenix Park: where to spot wild deer in Dublin
To spot deer in Phoenix Park, you should head towards the area above the Pope's Cross and the American Ambassador's residence. Alternatively, you can head in the direction of Castleknock.
Here are some key locations:
- Papal Cross: The area around the Papal Cross is a popular spot for deer sightings. It's located near the Ashtown Gate entrance to the park.
- Áras an Uachtaráin: The residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, is another area where deer are often seen. This is located in the southern part of the park.
- Furry Glen: This picturesque area within Phoenix Park is known for its wildlife, including deer. It's located to the west of the park, near Chapelizod.
- Chapelizod Gate: Near the Chapelizod entrance to the park, you might also have a chance to spot deer in the surrounding areas.
Remember to be respectful and keep a safe distance when observing the deer. Feeding them is not allowed, as it can disrupt their natural behaviour and diet. Enjoy your visit to Phoenix Park and the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Heading to the locations, it's quite a lengthy stroll, but if you prefer, you can rent bicycles at the entrance.
I've been informed that deer typically give birth from mid-May until July, so there's a good chance of spotting fawns during this time.
Observing wild animals is truly a remarkable experience, especially for those who aren't particularly fond of zoos.
During your visit to the Emerald Isle, be sure to allocate some quality time to explore this beautiful park. Heading to Phoenix Park in Dublin to spot wild deer is a delightful activity to enjoy with friends, family, and children. I've witnessed people of all ages find joy in making eye contact with these charming creatures.