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

  • Wednesday 19th September 2018 – All Roads in the Phoenix Park are closed with the exception of Chesterfield Avenue (Main Road).  The Acres Road is open for hospital access only. 
  • Cabra Gate, Ashtown Gate and the Knockmaroon Gate are also closed. 

The North Road is closed from Mountjoy Roundabout to Garda Headquarters.

Please note there is No Left Turn on entering into the Park through Chapelizod Gate. 

Gusts are very strong and we recommend that walkers and cyclists do not enter the Park.

Please note that only vehicular traffic with essential business in the Park should enter.

Due to the Status Orange weather warning which has been issued by Met Éireann for Storm Ali, all roads in the Phoenix Park are currently closed with the exception of Chesterfield Avenue (Main Road).  The Acres Road is open for hospital access only.

Should there be an improvement in the weather today we will endeavour to open earlier.

This is to ensure the safety and well being of all.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The following sites are now closed and should there be an improvement in the weather today we will endeavour to open earlier:

St. Stephen’s Green

Irish National War Memorial Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Garden of Remembrance

People’s Gardens, Phoenix Park

Arbour Hill Cemetery

Grangegorman Military Cemetery

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  • Saturday 22nd September 2018 – Dublin Half Marathon Road Race

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Military Road                                        9.00am – 11.00am 

Acres Road                                    8.30am – 1.00pm 

Wellington Road                            9.30am – 11.00am 

North Road                                  9.00am – 12.00pm 

Upper Glen Road                          8.30am 1.45pm 

Chesterfield Avenue to Phoenix     9.00am – 1.00pm 

White’s Road                               7.00am – 12.00pm 

Ordnance Survey Road                 8.30am 1.45pm 

Odd Lamp Road                           9.00am – 1.00pm 

Gates to be closed to vehicular traffic: 

Castleknock Gate                         9.00am – 12.00pm 

Islandbridge Gate                         9.30am – 11.00am 

Ashtown Gate                               9.00am – 12.00pm 

Cabra Gate                                   9.00am – 11.15am 

Chapelizod Gate                           8.30am 1.45pm 

(Except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital & Cara Cheshire Home) 

Knockmaroon Gate Closed until 1.45pm 

North Circular Road Gate Open at All Times

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  • Temporary change to footpath and cycle trail along Chesterfield Avenue

In order to carry out essential maintenance to the Liffey Siphon in the Phoenix Park the cycle trail and footpath along the southern side Chesterfield Avenue will be re-routed temporarily from Monday 10th September 2018.  Advance signage will be put in place to alert both pedestrians and cyclists to the change in route.   

The works which are part of the Liffey Siphons Refurbishment Project will be carried out by Irish Water and will take place on the grass area south of the Phoenix Column adjacent to Chesterfield Avenue and are scheduled to last for approximately 7 months. 

The siphons were constructed in the mid-1980s as part of the sewer system connecting the Blanchardstown area to the Grand Canal Sewer System and onward to Ringsend for treatment. The Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme proposals for 2011 and beyond require that both siphons are available to convey the required flows. 

This essential maintenance project will include rehabilitating the siphon inlet and outlet chambers, rehabilitating the two tunnels through which the siphons pass, rehabilitating the tunnel access shafts, and upgrade works to the hatch boxes, flow meter and pumping station chambers on the siphon line. As part of the project the siphons will also be cleaned out and a CCTV survey of the cleaned pipes will be undertaken.

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  • 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.

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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.

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 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  New Exhibition chronicling the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Phoenix Park in 1979 A new exhibition which chronicles the preparations for the Visit of Pope John Paul II to the Phoenix[...]
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 from...

Phoenix Park

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