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.

Licences and Permits

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 from the same page. 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.

Friday 28th April to Sunday 24th September 2017
Chesterfield Avenue, from the Phoenix Monument to the Mountjoy Roundabout, will be closed at weekends to vehicular traffic from Friday 28th April to Sunday 24th September 2017 from 8pm on Friday evenings until 8pm on Sunday evenings and Public Holidays. Read more here.

Saturday 7th October 2017
To ensure the safety of participants in the Dublin Simon Community Fun Run, the following restrictions will apply:

Road to be closed to vehicular traffic between 8.00 am and 12.30 pm:
Acres Road

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm:
Survey Road (between Mountjoy Cross and its junction with Furze, Knockmaroon and Upper Glen Road)
Upper Glen Road / Glen Road (between the junction of Furze and Survey Roads to Chapelizod Gate)
Military / Corkscrew Road (between Chapelizod Gate and its junction with Wellington Road)

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic between 9.30 am and 11.30 am:
Chesterfield Avenue (between Phoenix Monument and Mountjoy Cross)
North Road (between Ashtown Gate and Mountjoy Cross) except for access to Farmleigh House

Gates to be closed to vehicular traffic between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm:
Chapelizod Gate Except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital & Cara Cheshire Home
Knockmaroon Gate Closed until 12.30 pm

Traffic will be halted or diverted at the following locations:
Chesterfield Avenue at Mountjoy Junction
Chesterfield Avenue at the Phoenix Monument
Junction of Wellington and Khyber Roads
Chapelizod Gate – entry will be restricted to St. Mary’s Hospital & Cara Cheshire Home traffic only
Ashtown Gate – no right turn on entry except for access to Farmleigh House

Wednesday 11th October 2017
Due to an event taking place on this day, Survey Road – Upper Glen road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 12pm – 3pm. Knockmaroon Gate will be closed from 12pm – 3pm. At Chapelizod Road, a right turn only will be possible, except for access to Cara Cheshire Home. Download the full road closure order here.

New Series on RTÉ this September!

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

There is always something going on in the Phoenix Park!
Download our full 2017 events brochure here, or browse the latest below. See the full calendar at this link.
There are tours available of different parts of the Park all week – access a full list here.

Wednesday Walks @ Visitor Centre
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am – Oct 11 @ 12:30 pm
Wednesday Walks @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Wednesday Walks take place every Wednesday until October 2017, from 11.00am – 12.30pm. Weather permitting and subject to change. August 30th: People’s Garden A walking tour with OPW gardeners. Meet at the Parkgate Street entrance[...]
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day
Exhibition: Royal Hibernian Military School @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
In the month of September, the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre will host an exhibition on the Royal Hibernian Military School. From 1769 to 1924 the school now, St Mary’s Hospital, was established for the orphans[...]
Children’s Art Cart @ Visitor Centre
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – Dec 10 @ 12:30 pm
Children's Art Cart @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Children’s Art Cart: Free Workshops on Sundays, takes place in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 11.00am-12.30pm. Strictly ages 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Themes until the end of 2017: September 3rd:[...]
Sep 6 2017 @ 11:00 am – Sep 5 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday Knitting & Crochet Group @ Visitor Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Come along to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre ‘Knitting & Crochet’ group every Wednesday morning, all year round, at 11am. All welcome. Bring along knitting needles, crochet hook, and yarn. Admission free and beginners Welcome.

The Gardeners’ 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.

Great Pink Run 2017

  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...

The Phoenix Park Honey Show 2017

The Annual Phoenix Park Honey Show was held yesterday, and was a great success. Did you know that a bee’s wings beat 190 times a second; that’s 11,400 times a minute? Did you know that Ireland has 98 bee species: 1 honeybee, 20 bumble bees and 77 solitary bees? Did...

It’s a Park’s Life!

For the first time in Irish broadcasting history a landmark six part observational series It’s a Park’s Lifereveals 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...

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.

Phoenix Park

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