26 May Bloom in the Park 2016 – AA Roadwatch Travel Guide
Main Image: Bloom in the Park 2016
It’s a special year for lovers of Bloom, as the show celebrates its 10th anniversary. This year, the gardening, food and family festival runs over the June Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd until Monday 6th June in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden or sample new food products from Irish producers, Bloom in the Park is appealing for all ages.
This year, gates are open between 9am to 6pm each day and visitors can expect to see a new Plant Village, a Fashion Stage showcasing floral-inspired fashion as well as live entertainment and an Irish Craft Village over the five days.
This is a family-friendly day out and this June Bank Holiday, the festival has a wide range of activities to keep the younger ones entertained. A Kids Farm and a dedicated Children’s Stage showcasing magicians and entertainers are just a flavour of the fun events your family can enjoy. You can get your tickets in advance by clicking here.
Phoenix Park is located just west of Dublin City Centre. The main entrances to the park are at Parkgate Street and on Castleknock Road. Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, extra traffic can be expected on Castleknock Road, Knockmaroon Hill, Chapelizod Hill, Conyngham Road and also on Parkgate Street.
Parking is available for motorists for €5 a day. There will be two main car parks open to Bloom-goers; Red Car Park A and Green Car Park B. Both of the car parks will be signposted for visitors.
Red Car Park A
If you’re travelling from Dublin City Centre, you’ll use the Red Car Park A from the Main Gate at Parkgate Street and the North Circular Road (NCR) Gate. From the Main Gate, continue on to Chesterfield Avenue and turn right at the roundabout. Continue to the end and take a left onto the Back Road and drive straight. Take a left onto Odd Lamp Road. Red Car Park A is located just off that road.
Green Car Park B
The Green Car Park B serves City Centre / NCR traffic and traffic coming off the M50 from the Castleknock Gate and White’s Gate. From the Castleknock Gate continue on to Chesterfield Avenue and take the first left off the roundabout at Mountjoy Cross. Continue along the back road until you reach Green Car Park B.
Need to plan your route to Bloom? Use the AA Routeplanner service.
Heuston Station is the closest railway station to the Phoenix Park. There is a free shuttle bus close to Heuston on Parkgate Street that will take people directly to the event.
For people travelling to Dublin into Connolly Station, bear in mind that there will no Luas service running between Connolly Station and Jervis to facilitate Luas Cross City works. There is a replacement bus service in place and the closest bus stop to Connolly is a ten minute walk away on Custom House Quay. The bus will then bring you from Custom House Quay to Crampton Quay. The Jervis Luas stop is about a five minute walk away from there and you can then get the Luas as normal from Jervis to Heuston. For more information on the replacement bus service, see here.
If you’re planning on getting the train to Bloom, remember that some timetable alterations will be in place for the June Bank Holiday weekend. For more details on your timetable, see irishrail.ie.
For those looking to avoid the inevitable city centre traffic, the Luas Park and Ride system is a good option. Traffic coming into Dublin City from the N7/ M7 can use the Park and Ride system at the Red Cow and then get the Luas Red Line as far as Heuston Station. The Red Cow Park and Ride is open 24/7 and costs €2-€4, depending how long you are parking for.
Luas users should bear in mind that there are no trams running between The Point/ Connolly Station and Jervis until the end of July to facilitate Luas Cross City works. For more information, see here or go to luas.ie.
The handiest bus route for travelling to the Phoenix Park is the 46a. That route will take you from Dún Laoghaire via Kildare Street and O’Connell Street and will drop you off at the NCR Gate. Please note that it is approximately 30 minutes’ walk from the NCR to the Bloom site.
There are also a number of other Dublin Bus routes that stop close to the park:
- Routes 37, 38, 39 & 70 serve the Ashtown Gate of Phoenix Park.
- Routes 25 and 26 stop near Parkgate Street, Islandbridge Turnstile and Chapelizod Gate
Remember that there may be some timetable alterations as a result of the June Bank Holiday so double check your bus route on dublinbus.ie.
Private Buses and Coaches
The drop off point for visitors travelling by private bus or coach will be beside the Phoenix Monument for large coaches and at the signposted shuttle drop off (the main entrance walkway) for small coaches, both located on Chesterfield Avenue.
Courtesy Shuttle Bus
To make your visit as hassle-free as possible, Bloom are running a courtesy shuttle bus from Parkgate Street to the site and back throughout the day. The bus starts at 8:30am and will run frequently until 7pm.
Chesterfield Avenue is the best pedestrian route to the Bloom site. It’ll take you around 20 minutes to walk from either Parkgate Street or Castleknock Gate to the Bloom site.
It is possible to cycle right up to the Bloom event site and cyclists can avail of free facilities to park and lock their bikes.
Other Points to Note
There will be one ATM on site, located near the organiser’s office but there are likely to be long queues. Organisers advise people to bring cash with you if you’re planning on making any purchases.
Worried about carrying large plants all day? Good news – there will be a complimentary plant crèche on site where you can drop your purchases off while you experience the rest of the festival.
There will be Wi-Fi hotspots located in various points around the site.
There will be a Garda office and first-aid office located beside the organiser’s office.
For a full-size image of the site map, click here.