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.
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
- Saturday 24th March 2018 – Down Syndrome Ireland Purple Run
Roads closed to vehicular traffic:
Chesterfield Avenue Saturday 7.00am to 1.00pm
(Phoenix to Mountjoy)
Ordnance Survey Road Saturday 9.30am to 1.00pm
Glen / Upper Glen Road Saturday 9.30am to 1.00pm
Furry Glen Saturday 9.30am to 1.00pm
Gates to be closed:
Knockmaroon Gate Saturday closed until 1.00pm
Castleknock Gate Saturday 10.45am to 11.15am
Chapelizod Gate Saturday 9.30am to 1.00pm
No left turn except for access to Cara Cheshire Home
Ashtown Gate Saturday 9.30am to 1.00pm
No right turn except for access to Farmleigh House
Parking only permitted in areas agreed with organisers
- 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.
Update on the Playing Pitches in the Phoenix Park
16/3/18 – The soccer pitches in the Phoenix Park are Off this weekend
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!
Check out the full calendar of events here.
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.
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...
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...
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...