The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the return of the hugely popular Christmas Post Boxes for children to drop off their letters to Rudolph!
As the Christmas season comes close – a time when deer have a significant role to play – we are asking visitors to keep their distance, 50m or more, and not engage in behaviour that poses risks to the deer or the visitor, especially children. This includes feeding the deer and posing for selfies.
As an alternative to feeding the deer, the staff of the Phoenix Park have set up a number of post boxes for children to drop off letters to Rudolph. These were hugely popular last year and it looks like a new Phoenix Park tradition could be in the making! These will be located at the Papal Cross and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre Car Parks in the run up to Christmas. We are asking all families with young children to use these as a way to show their concern for the well-being of the wild deer.
We wish to advise the following sites will remain closed until full on-site checks are completed this morning:
The People’s Gardens, Phoenix Park ; Grangegorman Military Cemetery ; Arbour Hill Cemetery and The Garden of Remembrance.
Please note that the cycle lanes between Parkgate Street entrance and Gough Roundabout on Chesterfield Avenue will be closed from Wednesday to Friday, 8-10 December to accommodate resurfacing works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
DRONES IN THE PHOENIX PARK
Please note the use of drones is NOT permitted in The Phoenix Park
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
In order to ensure the safety of participants in the Ray Darcy Half Marathon & 5K for Lauralynn, to be held in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 11th December 2021, the following restrictions will apply in the Phoenix Park on the day and for the periods hereinafter mentioned:
Date of Event: Saturday 11th December 2021
Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:
Military Road Saturday 8.15am – 11.30am
Acres Road Saturday 8.15am – 11.30am
Wellington Road Saturday 8.15am – 10.00am
Upper Glen Road Saturday 8.15am – 11.30am
Ordnance Survey Road Saturday 8.15am – 12.00pm
Chesterfield Avenue from Phoenix to Mountjoy Roundabouts from 10.00pm on Friday 10th December to 12.00pm on Saturday the 11th December.
The Cycle Lane on the south side of Chesterfield Avenue from Gough to Mountjoy Roundabouts will be closed on Saturday from 8.30am – 12.00pm.
Gates to be closed:
Castleknock Gate Saturday 8.15am – 12.00pm (Left Turn Only on Entry)
Islandbridge Gate Saturday 8.15am – 10.00am
Ashtown Gate Saturday 8.15am – 12.00pm (Left Turn Only on Entry)
Chapelizod Gate Saturday 8.15am – 11.30am
(except for access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home)
Knockmaroon Gate Saturday 8.15am – 12.00pm
All roads and gates will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so
Please note that the cycle lanes between Parkgate Street entrance and Gough Roundabout on Chesterfield Avenue will be closed from Wednesday to Friday, 8-10 December to accommodate resurfacing works. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Important Notice re Car Break-Ins
The OPW liaises directly with An Garda Síochána with regards to this matter.
Update on the Playing Pitches in the Phoenix Park
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