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 at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre! 

DRONES IN THE PHOENIX PARK

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

Upcoming Road and Gate Closures

  • Saturday 14th December – Aware Fun Run   

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic: 

Chesterfield Avenue (Mountjoy to Phoenix)  Saturday 7.30am to 12.30pm

Ordnance Survey Road                                        Saturday 9.00am to 12.30pm

Upper Glen Road                                                  Saturday 9.00 am to 12.30 pm

Gates to be closed: 

Chapelizod Gate No Left Turn on Entry            Saturday 9.00am – 12.30pm

(Except for access to Cara Cheshire Home)

Ashtown Gate No Right Turn on Entry             Saturday 9.00am – 12.30pm

(Except for access to Farmleigh House

Knockmaroon Gate will be closed from 11pm on Friday 13th December until 12.30pm on Saturday 14th December 2019

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

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  • Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Chesterfield Avenue (Phoenix to Mountjoy)   Wednesday    10.00am – 1.30pm

Ordnance Survey Road                                      Wednesday    11.30am – 1.00pm

Glen / Upper Glen Road                                     Wednesday    11.30am – 1.00pm

Gates to be closed:

Knockmaroon Gate                   Wednesday    11.30am – 1.00pm

Traffic Restrictions:

Chapelizod Gate – No left turn on entry except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home

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

Events List 2019

A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2019 is available to download here.

A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2020 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.

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

Current Road and Gate Closures

  • Monday 18th November to Friday 13th December 2019 – Road Repairs on Upper Glen Road

In order to facilitate Road Repairs in the Phoenix Park from Monday 18th November to Friday 13th December 2019, the Upper Glen Road will be closed.  Local Access only.

The road will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so

Deer in the Park

Please find Frequently Asked Questions and other information on the wild fallow deer here. Members of the public are advised not to feed or approach the deer in the Phoenix Park. Please click on image below for advice on caution around the wild deer herd.

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.

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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 at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre!

9:30 am
An exhibition on St. John’s Ambulance during World War I will take place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre from 1st November to 28th December 2019. St. John’s Ambulance was founded following a public meeting[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm
9:30 am
Come meet the animals at the Live Crib at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. On Saturdays and Sundays from 7th – 22nd December
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm
9:30 am
Welcome to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 2019 Christmas Programme. There is plenty here for all the family to enjoy, from puppet theatre, choirs, wood turners and a live crib. On Saturdays and Sundays from[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Join us here in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre where we will be getting into the festive spirit with a live Christmas Choir. Saturday 7th December    11.00am to 1.00pm Sunday 8th December    2.00pm[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
Come see the expert wood turners at work in Ashtown Castle, next to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, from 12 noon to 4pm, on the following dates: Sunday 8th December Sunday 15th December Sunday 22nd[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
1:30 pm
Come along and enjoy the Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre bringing fairy tales to life, at 1.30pm and 3.00pm at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Sunday 15th December 2019. Tickets given out on a[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Come along and enjoy the Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre bring fairy tales to life, at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, at 1.30pm and 3.00pm on Sunday 15th December 2019. Tickets given out on a[...]
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

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 after the event on Sunday...