The Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed public parks 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 wild fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Áras an Uachtaráin, Zoological Gardens, Victorian Flower Gardens, a Biodiversity Information Centre, Phoenix Café and Tea Rooms.  The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be 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.  Please note that BBQs are not permitted in the Phoenix Park.

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 7.00am until approximately 10.45pm.  Please refer to the information below under the heading ‘Current Road and Gate Closures’ for any changes to these opening times.

Please find map below of parking facilities available in the Phoenix Park.  For more information please click on the Plan your Visit / Directions headings on the above tab bar.

An evocation in pictures and music of a summer’s day in the Phoenix Park Dublin.

‘Pieces of Land’ visits the Phoenix Park in Dublin to explore the 1,750 acres walled city park, its buildings, sporting activities, wildlife and the people who spend their leisure time enjoying its amenities.

While there is no commentary in the programme, it does contain scenes from around the park from the dog pond and the Furry Glen to the zoo and is accompanied by music composed by Jim Doherty.

This episode of ‘Pieces of Land: Summer in the Park’ was broadcast on 28 June 1976.

Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options


Please note the use of drones is NOT permitted in The Phoenix Park

A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2022 is available to download below.

Events List 2022

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 or Arbour Hill Cemetery.

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

Date of Event: An Cosantóir – Wednesday 12th October 2022 

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic: 

Survey Road to Upper Glen Road    Wednesday  2.00pm – 3.00pm.  Access to Farmleigh House and OSi will be maintained at all times.

Gates to be closed: 

Knockmaroon Gate      Wednesday    12.00pm – 3.00pm

Traffic will be halted or diverted at the following locations:

Chapelizod Gate – Right Turn Only, except for access to Cara Cheshire Home.

All roads and gates will re-open as soon as safe to do so.

An Cosantóir


Date of Event: Irish Life Dublin Marathon Sunday 30th October 2022

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Chesterfield Avenue (from Gough to Mountjoy Roundabouts)  Sunday        7.55am – 1.00pm

North Road                               Sunday        7.55am – 11.00am

Spa Road                                  Sunday        7.55am – 11.00am

Survey Road                             Sunday        8.25am – 12.45pm

Knockmaroon Road                  Sunday        8.25am – 12.45pm

Upper Glen Road                       Sunday        8.25am – 12.45pm

Acres Road                                Sunday        8.25am – 12.45pm

Gates to be closed:

North Circular Road Gate           Sunday        7.55am – 11.00am

Cabra Gate                                Sunday        7.55am – 11.00am

Castleknock Gate                      Sunday        7.40am – 1.30pm

Ashtown Gate                           Sunday        8.10am – 11.00am and Left Turn Only on Entry from 11.00am – 12.45pm

Knockmaroon Gate                  Closed from 11.00pm on Saturday 29th October until 8.00am on Sunday 30th October

Traffic Restrictions: Access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home via Main Gate / Military Road only from 8.25am – 12.20pm

All roads and gates will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

Irish Life Dublin Marathon signed


North Road One-Way System

From 10.00am on Monday 28th February, the North Road will commence a one-way system, in the City direction only, for the duration of a 9-month pilot study.

Upper Glen Road cul-de-sac

From 10.00am on Monday 28th February the Upper Glen Road will commence a 9-month pilot cul-de-sac


Deer in the Park

Please find Frequently Asked Questions and other information on the wild fallow deer here. Members of the public are advised not to feed or approach the deer in the Phoenix Park. Please click on image below for advice on caution around the wild deer herd.

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

3/3/22 – the soccer pitches in the Phoenix Park are playable (weather dependant) excluding Pitches No. 2 and 5

What’s On

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.