We start the run in the city centre, and as we make along the river Liffey towards the Phoenix Park, we stop by the Jameson Distillery, home to Ireland most iconic whisky and also the Collins barracks museum and the beautiful croppies memorial park. There you can learn about our revolutionary past whilst seeing the Guinness factory in the background.
Then we enter the Phoenix Park itself and run through the People Flower Gardens, an immaculately manicured 19th Victorian flower garden with its famous ornamental lake. Then we move on past Dublin Zoo, one of the world’s oldest, the oldest Polo grounds in Europe before stopping at Aras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the president of Ireland. Then we make our way to Farmleigh house, a unique representation of an Edwardian house, formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family.
Running through leafy fields and enchanting forests we approach the Papal cross, and white cross erected for the visit of Pope John Paul II, with a great view of the park and before moving to Magazine fort. This an 18th century construction, surrounded by a moat, was used to store gunpowder and ammunition played and where some of the first shots of the war for Irish independence are believed to have been fired. It now proudly sits in the middle of the park with great views of Dublin and its environs. As we make our way to the entrance we will stop by the Wellington monument, the largest Obelisk in Europe, over 200 feet high, built to commemorate the Duke of Wellington, most famous for defeating Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo.
Whether training for a marathon or just wanting to avoid the crowds, this run is perfect to learn about the park’s rich history and culture whilst enjoying its peaceful surroundings. A stone’s throw away from the city centre, twice as big as Central Park in New York, it is a wonderful place to get those miles done!