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 however please refer to the information below under the heading ‘Current Road and Gate Closures’ with regards to the closures of vehicular side gates, at weekends only, during Level 5 restrictions.
DRONES IN THE PHOENIX PARK
Please note the use of drones is NOT permitted in The Phoenix Park
Upcoming Road and Gate Closures
A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2021 is available to download below.
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
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.
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.
The Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Study was published on 11th January and sets out a series of options for how park visitors will access, experience and move within the Phoenix Park while protecting the park environments. It makes a number of...
Minister O’Donovan announces the commencement of Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Public Consultation
29 January 2021 Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced the commencement of the public consultation for the Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Study. The Phoenix Park...
11 January 2021 Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced the publication of a Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Report. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, recreational use of the Phoenix Park increased...