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


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

Don’t Feed The Deer


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

A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2021 is available to download below.

Events List 2021

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.

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

Restoration works at Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park, and associated road closures

The OPW wish to advise of upcoming gate closure to Knockmaroon Gate.  The gate restoration project is now at the stage where no further works can take place without closing this gate to ensure the safety of the people working on this project and to complete works as quickly as possible. The outstanding works include:

  • masonry work to the piers
  • installation of the historic granite bollards, both inside and outside the gate
  • Rehanging the restored historic gate

In order for the contractors to undertake this work in a safe manner, it is necessary to close this gate during the following periods:

  • Knockmaroon Gate – From 10am to 3pm Thursday 5th August

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times at the gate during these works. If the works are completed ahead of schedule, the gate will reopen as soon as practicable.

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

No current updates.

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.

Minister O’Donovan welcomes progress on projects at the Phoenix Park

Restoration of historic gates, new bins, more seating and reopening of the North Road following works Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan visited the Phoenix Park on Wednesday, 26 May 2021, to view a number of...