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.

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Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options

DRONES IN THE PHOENIX PARK

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

Events List 2023

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: Friday 25th November 2022

We wish to confirm that Cabra Gate is now back open to vehicular traffic, following essential repair works.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Cabra Gate RCO 25 11 22 signed

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Date of Event: Saturday 3rd December 2022 – Jingle Bells 5K Race

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Chesterfield Avenue (Phoenix to Mountjoy)   Saturday 7.00am – 11.45am

Ordnance Survey Road                                 Saturday 9.00am – 11.30am

Upper Glen Road                                          Saturday 9.00am – 11.30am

Acres Road                                                     Saturday 9.00am – 11.30am

Gates to be closed:

Castleknock Gate                                         Saturday 9.00am – 10.00am

Knockmaroon Gate will be closed from 11.00pm on Friday 2nd December until 11.30am on Saturday 3rd December

Ashtown Gate        No Right Turn on Entry     Saturday 9.00am – 11.30am (Except for access to Farmleigh House)

Chapelizod Gate                                          Saturday 9.00am – 11.30am (Except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home) 

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

Jingle Bells 5K Race signed

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Date of Event: Sunday 4th December 2022

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Chesterfield Avenue                                       Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm (Phoenix Roundabout to Mountjoy Roundabout)

Survey Road                                                   Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Access and egress to Farmleigh House will be maintained via Chesterfield Avenue at all times.

The Odd Lamp Road will be open for the duration of the event.

Gates to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Castleknock Gate                                           Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Knockmaroon Gate                                         Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Ashtown Gate – No Right Turn on Entry         Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

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

Santa Cycle Dec signed

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Date of Event: Sunday 1st January 2023 – Tom Brennan 5K Road Race

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Chesterfield Avenue (Phoenix to Mountjoy)   Sunday 7.30am – 11.30am

Ordnance Survey Road                                 Sunday 9.00am – 11.00am

Gates to be closed:

Castleknock Gate                                         Sunday 9.00am – 10.30am

Ashtown Gate        Left Turn Only on Entry   Sunday 9.00am – 10.30am

Knockmaroon Gate will be closed from 11.00pm on Saturday 31st December  until 11.30am on Sunday 1st January. 

Access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home will be maintained at all times.  All roads and gates will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so

Tom Brennan 5K Road Race signed

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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.

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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

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

What’s On

Nov 20 @ 10.30am – Dec 18 @ 12.30pm
10.30am
Phoenix Park Art Cart for children from 10.30am to 12.30pm each Sunday at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.  Subject to change. No booking required.  Numbers limited. For more information please contact the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 3 @ 11.00am – Dec 18 @ 4.00pm
11.00am
There are lots of Christmas activities taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre this December. We think you will agree there will be something special for everyone to enjoy! If you have any further[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Dec 3 @ 11.00am – 1.00pm
11.00am
Join us for the amazing Gloria LGBT+ Choir who will be performing from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 3rd December at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. For more information please contact the Phoenix Park Visitor[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
11.00am
Dale Treadwell and Robbie the Christmas Robin will entertain all the family at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Sunday 4th December. For more information please contact the Phoenix Park Visitor[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
11.00am
Join us in listening to our Guest Choir who will be performing from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Sunday 4th December at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. For more information please contact the Phoenix Park Visitor[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
1.30pm
Come along to a wonderful Puppet Show at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre from 1.30pm – 2.30pm on Sunday 4th December. Admission is free and no booking is required however you are advised to come[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
3.00pm
Come along to a wonderful Puppet Show at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre from 3.00pm – 4.00pm on Sunday 4th December. Admission is free and no booking is required however you are advised to come[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
11.00am
Come along and enjoy the Kylemore College Choir who will be performing from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 10th December at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. For more information please contact the Phoenix Park Visitor[...]
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.