The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe.

It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, and Victorian flower gardens. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be viewed or pursued such as walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, and many more. The Glen Pond is set in very scenic surrounds in the Furry Glen. There are many walks and cycle routes available to the public.

The Phoenix Park is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, all year round. The main gates of the Park at Parkgate Street and Castleknock Gate are open 24 hours. The side gates to the Park are open from approximately 7am until approximately 10.45pm.

If you wish to apply for a licence to hold an event, or permit for photography and filming, please click here. A current timetable of Upcoming Events is available to download from the same page.

Please check this timetable for remaining free dates before submitting your permit application. You may also use the form on this page to apply for a licence or permit for Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Arbour Hill Cemetery, or the Garden of Remembrance.

No current road or gate closures.

New Series on RTÉ for September 2017!

For the first time in Irish broadcasting history a landmark six part observational series It’s a Park’s Life reveals the inner workings of Europe’s largest city park through the eyes of those that live in, work in and love the park. Like a city within a city Phoenix Park is a diverse microcosm that some of Ireland’s most important decision makers call home. Not only is it a sanctuary, a sports ground and a public amenity, it is also the home of some of Ireland most significant organisations such as An Garda Siochána, the US Ambassador’s Residence, Army HQ, and Áras an Uachtaráin.

With unprecedented access, the Phoenix Park has opened ALL its gates to Moondance Productions to follow the organisations that work within its 1,750 acres and the residents who live in the 350 year old park.

 

Catch up on the Player here!

What’s On

There is always something going on in the Phoenix Park!
Download our full 2017 events brochure here, or browse the latest below. See the full calendar at this link.
There are tours available of different parts of the Park all week – access a full list here.

Children’s Art Cart @ Visitor Centre
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – Dec 10 @ 12:30 pm
Children's Art Cart @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Children’s Art Cart: Free Workshops on Sundays, takes place in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 11.00am-12.30pm. Strictly ages 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Themes until the end of 2017: September 3rd:[...]
Sep 6 2017 @ 11:00 am – Sep 5 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday Knitting & Crochet Group @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Come along to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre ‘Knitting & Crochet’ group every Wednesday morning, all year round, at 11am. All welcome. Bring along knitting needles, crochet hook, and yarn. Admission free and beginners Welcome.
Nov 12 – Nov 29 all-day
Exhibition: William A. Nathans @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
During the month of November, the Visitor Centre will host an exhibition by portrait artist William A. Nathans.  
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Science Week: Children's Art Cart @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
SCIENCE WEEK FUN Sunday 19th Nov. at 11.00 am “Children’s ART CART” Discover the fun of Science Experiments Come along and join in the fun (ages 6 to 11 years) For further information contact the[...]
Dec 1 – Dec 31 all-day
Exhibition: Celine Eagle @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
During the month of December, the Visitor Centre will host an exhibition by artist Celine Eagle. Eagle’s fine art represents a wide variety of subjects from interiors to floral art.   Ashtown Castle and Demesne.[...]
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Santa’s Little Helpers @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Santa’s Little Helpers. Sunday 10th December at 11:00am. A fun family event to learn more about winter birds with a range of activities for children; making fat balls and bird Christmas cake. Children’s Event. Meeting[...]
December Puppet Theatre @ Visitor Centre
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
December Puppet Theatre @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
1:30 pm
The Moon and Sixpence, Ireland’s travelling Marionette theatre company will be on site with a lively puppet show.  

The Gardeners’ Blog

We love sharing all the news and views from the Park.
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Park Blog for all news articles and Park updates.

Great Pink Run 2017

  Thank you, most sincerely, for your support of this years Great Pink Run in the Phoenix Park! As you know we had a fantastic turnout for both Dublin and Kilkenny with over 7000 particpants, men women and children coming out to support us in what can only be...

The Phoenix Park Honey Show 2017

The Annual Phoenix Park Honey Show was held yesterday, and was a great success. Did you know that a bee’s wings beat 190 times a second; that’s 11,400 times a minute? Did you know that Ireland has 98 bee species: 1 honeybee, 20 bumble bees and 77 solitary bees? Did...

It’s a Park’s Life!

Catch up on the Player here! For the first time in Irish broadcasting history a landmark six part observational series It’s a Park’s Lifereveals the inner workings of Europe’s largest city park through the eyes of those that live in, work in and love the park. Like a...

Deer in the Park

Members of the public are advised not to feed or approach the fallow deer in the Phoenix Park. Please click on this link to download advice on caution around the deer.

Dogs in the Park

Dogs are not permitted in some areas of the Park, and are required to be kept on a lead in other areas. Please download this Code of Conduct for Dog Owners for more information.

Phoenix Park

Labelled maps of the interior of the Park are available throughout this website.