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 trails 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.

Click here to view/download the brand new 2019 programme of events in the park! 


Please note the use of drones is NOT permitted in The Phoenix Park

Upcoming Road and Gate Closures

  • Saturday 21st September 2019 – Dublin Half Marathon 

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic: 

Military Road                         Saturday    9.00am – 11.00am

Acres Road                             Saturday    8.30am – 1.00pm

Wellington Road                     Saturday    9.30am – 11.00am

North Road                             Saturday    9.00am – 12.00pm

Upper Glen Road                    Saturday    8.30am – 1.45pm

Chesterfield Avenue from Phoenix to Mountjoy Roundabouts from 10.00pm on Friday to 1.00pm on Saturday

White’s Road                          Saturday    7.00am – 12.00pm

Ordnance Survey Road           Saturday    8.30am – 1.45pm

Odd Lamp Road                     Saturday    9.00am – 1.00pm

Gates to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Castleknock Gate                    Saturday    9.00am – 12.00pm

Islandbridge Gate                   Saturday    9.30am – 11.00am

Ashtown Gate                         Saturday    9.00am – 12.00pm

Cabra Gate                              Saturday    9.00am – 11.15am

Chapelizod Gate                     Saturday    8.30am – 1.45pm

(except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home)

Knockmaroon Gate will be closed until 2.00pm on Saturday

All roads and gates will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so

  • Sunday 29th September 2019 – Great Dublin Bike Ride 

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic: 

Acres Road                                                       Sunday 7.15am – 9.00am

Wellington Road                                              Sunday 7.15am – 9.00am

North Road (Mountjoy Roundabout            Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm

to Odd Lamp Road)                                      

Fountain Road                                                 Sunday 7.15am – 9.00am

Odd Lamp Road                                              Sunday 5.30am – 9.00am

Chesterfield Avenue from Phoenix to Mountjoy Roundabouts from 8.00am on Saturday 28th September to 8.00pm on Sunday 29th September

Chesterfield Avenue from Phoenix to Gough Roundabouts from 5.30am to 9.00am on Sunday 29th September

Chesterfield Avenue from Gough Roundabout to Parkgate Street main entrance from 7.15am to 9.00am on Sunday 29th September 

Gates to be closed: 

Cabra Gate                                    Sunday 10.00 am – 3.00pm Left Turn Only

Chapelizod Gate                          Sunday 7.15am – 9.00am Left Turn Only except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital

Ashtown Gate                               Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm and Left Turn Only from 7.15am to 9.00am

If you wish to apply for a licence to hold an event, or permit for photography and filming, please click here.

Events List 2019

A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2019 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.

Current Road and Gate Closures

Part Road Closure of Chesterfield Avenue at Weekends

As part of the ongoing management of the Phoenix Park and to adhere to the ethos of the Phoenix Park Conservation Management Plan, a 1.2km stretch of Chesterfield Avenue, between the Phoenix roundabout (east) and the Mountjoy roundabout (west – this is the roundabout closest to Castleknock Gate), is closed to vehicular traffic at weekends and Public Holidays during the summer months.  The weekend part-road closures will take effect from Saturday, 4th May 2019 to Sunday, 29th September 2019 between the hours of 07.30 and 20.00 on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays only.

This summer road closure to vehicular traffic allows for open access of Chesterfield Avenue at weekends to pedestrians, cyclists, runners, walkers, families, etc. and was implemented following a “pilot run” in 2012.

Alternative driving routes will once again be available to allow vehicles access the Park and for those wishing to travel in an east/west direction.  The Odd Lamp Road, i.e. the road linking the Phoenix Roundabout to the Back/North Road, will be open to facilitate 2-way traffic between the Phoenix Roundabout and the North Road.  The OPW will closely monitor traffic flows in order to minimise disturbance to users of the Park.

Road Closure Order – Click above


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.


Important Notice re Car Break-Ins

Members of the public are advised not to leave any valuables in their cars at any time, including in the boot of their car.
The OPW liaises directly with An Garda Síochána with regards to this matter.

Update on the Playing Pitches in the Phoenix Park

No current updates.

What’s On

Click here to view/download the brand new 2019 programme of events in the park!

Sep 1 @ 9:30 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm
9:30 am
The month of September brings another action-packed itinerary of lectures and walks to the Visitor Centre.  In addition to these there will be a much anticipated weekend of activities for all the family with a[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Sep 2 @ 9:30 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm
9:30 am
Join us at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, from 2nd to 30th September 2019, for a free exhibition on the herd of  Fallow Deer that have been established in the Park since the 17th century. [...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
11:00 am
Join us at 11.00am on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for a free walk covering the ancient history of the land that is now the Phoenix Park, including a Neolithic[...]
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.

Restoration and Reinstatement of Phoenix Park Gates

Thursday, 7th March 2019 Background In preparation for the Final Mass for the World Meeting of Families 2018, a number of gates in the Phoenix Park were removed for health and safety reasons so as to ensure the safe and free movement of people and vehicles before and...