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 here.

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.

In order to ensure the safety of participants in the Operation Transformation Fun Run/Walk 5K event to be held on Saturday 24th February 2018, the following restrictions will apply in the Phoenix Park on the day and for the periods hereinafter mentioned:

Date of Event:  Saturday 24th February 2018

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Chesterfield Avenue (Phoenix to Mountjoy Roundabouts) From Friday 23rd at 10.30pm to Saturday 24th at 1.30pm

Ordnance Survey Road     Saturday 24th 8.30 am – 1.30 pm

Glen / Upper Glen Road    Saturday 24th 8.30 am – 1.30 pm

Furry Glen                       Saturday 24th 8.30 am – 1.30 pm

Gates to be closed:

Knockmaroon Gate           From Friday 23rd at 11.00pm to Saturday 24th at 1.30 pm

Castleknock Gate             Saturday 24th 9.00 am – 1.30 pm

Chapelizod Gate               Saturday 24th 8.30 am – 1.30 pm (No Left Turn on entry except for access to Cara Cheshire Home)

Ashtown Gate                  Saturday 24th 8.30 am – 1.30 pm (No Right Turn on entry except for access to Farmleigh House)

Parking only permitted in areas agreed with Organisers

 

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.

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

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
12:00 am
There will be an OPW exhibition on Ashtown Castle at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for the month of February For more information please telephone 01-6770095 or email at phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day
12:00 am
Niki Collier, Felt Maker will be holding an exhibition at the Visitor Centre for the month of March  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Mar 1 @ 9:30 am – Mar 17 @ 9:30 am
9:30 am
Seachtain na Gaeilge The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre would like to encourage our visitors to engage with the Irish language during “Seachtain na Gaeilge” 1st – 17th March 2018.  Encouraging the use of ‘cupla focail’[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 21 @ 10:00 am
10:00 am
Beekeeping for Beginners This introductory course will cover the basics of beekeeping in a syllabus delivered over five Saturdays.  Topics will include the life cycle of the colony, hive inspections, management of hive and hive[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
3:00 pm
All-Ireland Pollinator plan 2015 – 2020. This plan is a call to action. Everyone can help by becoming a Citizen Scientist. The plan was developed by scientists and bee experts from an All-Ireland steering group[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
3:00 pm
A monthly lecture on pollinators and a walk recording the many different species of bumblebee found within the Park
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day
12:00 am
There will be a Citizen Science Exhibition at the Visitor Centre for the month of April  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
1:30 pm
Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre Do not miss this magical puppet theatre performance suitable for all ages by the hugely popular Moon & Sixpence Theatre Company. There are two shows taking place on Sunday 1st[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
3:00 pm
Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre A magical puppet theatre performance suitable for all ages by the hugely popular Moon & Sixpence Theatre Company There are two shows on Sunday 1st April at 1.30pm and 3.00pm
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
3:00 pm
A monthly lecture on pollinators and a walk recording the many different species of bumblebee found within the Park
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
May 1 – May 31 all-day
12:00 am
Exhibition To Be Confirmed An exhibition of Apprentice OPW Craft Pieces will take place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for the month of May
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
2:00 pm
There will be Music in the Courtyard at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre from 2.00pm to 4.00pm This is a free event and all are welcome
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
2:00 pm
There will be music in the Courtyard at the Visitor Centre on Sunday 13th May from 2.00pm to 4.00pm This is a free event and all are welcome  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
3:00 pm
A monthly lecture on pollinators and a walk recording the many different species of bumblebee found within the Park
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
12:00 am
There will be an exhibition of botanical water colours by Yanny Peters and Holly Summerville at the Visitor Centre for the month of June  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
12:00 am
An exhibition of horse traditions in Ireland will take place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Aug 1 – Sep 30 all-day
12:00 am
There will be an exhibition on the Papal Visit of 1979 at the Visitor Centre for the months of August and September  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
12:00 am
The Phoenix Park Honey Show will take place at the Visitor Centre on Sun, 9th September 2018 Judging underway in the marquee at the Phoenix Park Honey Show 2017. OPW.
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Oct 1 – Oct 31 all-day
12:00 am
There will be an exhibition on the R.M.S. Leinster at the Visitor Centre for the month of October  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all-day
12:00 am
There will be an exhibition by the Irish Astronomical Society at the Visitor Centre for the month of November  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

The Phoenix Park 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.

Christmas at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

  With the start of the Christmas season upon us why not join us at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre every weekend starting from this Saturday 2nd December up to and including 17th December. On Saturday 2nd a live crib supplied by AgriAware will be in the courtyard...

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...

Phoenix Park

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