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 download the brand new 2018 programme of events in the park! 

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.

Current Road and Gate Closures

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is taking the opportunity to restore and conserve a number of the entrances to the Phoenix Park as part of the preparatory works for the visit of Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families 2018. These conservation works which have been agreed with Dublin City Council are being supervised by OPW Conservation Architects and are part of the measures being undertaken for the health and safety of the hundreds of thousands of people from across Ireland and abroad attending the closing Mass in the Park. In order to allow the temporary removal, conservation and restoration of the gate entrances and the carrying out of associated infrastructural works, the following road closures at entrances to the Park will apply on the dates and for the times set out under. The temporary road closures have been designed to minimise as far as possible disruption to traffic and pedestrian access to the Park. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during this period and appreciate the co-operation of the public as we carry out this necessary restoration and conservation work.

Ashtown Gate
July 18 to July 20, 10am – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11pm
July 30 to July 31, 10am – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11pm

Castleknock Gate
July 21 to July 22, 7am – 10pm
August 4 to August 5, 7am – 10pm

Chapelizod Gate
July 23 to July 25, 10am – 3.30pm
August 4 to August 5, 7am – 10pm

Islandbridge Gate
July 26 to July 28, 10am – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11pm
August 1, 10am – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11pm

North Circular Road Gate
August 2 and August 3, 10am – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11pm

Please note that when these closures are in place it will not be possible to walk, cycle or drive through these gates

  • Chesterfield Avenue Temporary Partial Closure

Chesterfield Avenue will have temporary partial closure at Weekends and Bank Holidays only, from 8pm on Friday 4th May to 8pm on Sunday 30th September 2018, from the Phoenix to Mountjoy Roundabouts.  An alternative route will be in place along the Odd Lamp Road. Please click here for more detailed information.  The OPW will closely monitor traffic flows in order to minimise disturbance to users of the Park.

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.

New Series on RTÉ!

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.

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.
Click here to download the brand new 2018 programme of events in the park!

Aug 1 – Sep 30 all-day
12:00 am
The OPW will present an exhibition of the Papal Visit to the Phoenix Park in September 1979. This exhibition will illustrate the remarkable shared sense of purpose that enabled this event to be organised within[...]
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
7:45 pm
There will be a Dark Sky event with the Irish Astronomical Society at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Wed, 19th September 2018 at 8.00pm. The Irish Astronomical Society will host this exciting free, family friendly,[...]
Papal Cross
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.

Ed Sheeran Concerts Information

Ed Sheeran’s Irish tour kicks comes to Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Wednesday 16th, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th May 2018. LATEST INFORMATION FROM AIKEN PROMOTIONS Dublin Concert Information (PDF) Dublin Information and Traffic Management Plan (PDF) Download the Ed Sheeran...

Chesterfield Avenue Partial Closure at Weekends During 2018

In order to continue to achieve the environmental and recreational objectives of the Phoenix Park Conservation Management Plan, a portion of Chesterfield Avenue, from the Phoenix Monument to the Mountjoy Roundabout, will be closed at weekends to vehicular traffic...

Phoenix Park

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