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 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 7am until approximately 10.45pm.
Click here to download the brand new 2018 programme of events in the park!
Current Road and Gate Closures
Temporary change to footpath and cycle trail along Chesterfield Avenue
In order to carry out essential maintenance to the Liffey Siphon in the Phoenix Park the cycle trail and footpath along the southern side Chesterfield Avenue will be re-routed temporarily from Monday 10th September 2018. Advance signage will be put in place to alert both pedestrians and cyclists to the change in route.
The works which are part of the Liffey Siphons Refurbishment Project will be carried out by Irish Water and will take place on the grass area south of the Phoenix Column adjacent to Chesterfield Avenue and are scheduled to last for approximately 7 months.
The siphons were constructed in the mid-1980s as part of the sewer system connecting the Blanchardstown area to the Grand Canal Sewer System and onward to Ringsend for treatment. The Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme proposals for 2011 and beyond require that both siphons are available to convey the required flows.
This essential maintenance project will include rehabilitating the siphon inlet and outlet chambers, rehabilitating the two tunnels through which the siphons pass, rehabilitating the tunnel access shafts, and upgrade works to the hatch boxes, flow meter and pumping station chambers on the siphon line. As part of the project the siphons will also be cleaned out and a CCTV survey of the cleaned pipes will be undertaken.
Current Road and Gate Closures
- Sunday 28th October 2018 – SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2018
Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic
North Road 8.15am – 11.10am
Spa Road 8.15am – 11.10am
Chesterfield Road 7.00am – 11.10am
Survey Road 8.45am – 12.30pm
Knockmaroon Road 8.45am – 12.30pm
Upper Glen Road 8.45am – 12.30pm
Acres Road 8.45am – 12.30pm
Gates to be closed:
North Circular Road Gate 8.15am – 11.10am
Cabra Gate 8.15am – 11.15am
Ashtown Gate 8.30am – 11.15am (Left turn only on entry after 11.15am)
Castleknock Gate 8.30am – 11.45am
Access to St. Mary’s Hospital and Cara Cheshire Home via Main Gate / Military Road only from 8.45am – 12.30pm
- Chesterfield Avenue Temporary Partial Closure
Chesterfield Avenue will have temporary partial closure at Weekends and Bank Holidays only, from 8pm on Friday 4th May to 8pm on Sunday 30th September 2018, from the Phoenix to Mountjoy Roundabouts. An alternative route will be in place along the Odd Lamp Road. Please click here for more detailed information. The OPW will closely monitor traffic flows in order to minimise disturbance to users of the 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.
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.
New Series on RTÉ!
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.
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.
At a presentation ceremony last night, the OPW was presented with the Gold International Large Parks Award for the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park in Dublin is one of only two parks in the world to receive a prestigious Gold Award in the Inaugural International Large...
OPW honours those who died on RMS Leinster with Commemoration Ceremony in Grangegorman Military Cemetery.
On Thursday 11 October at 11am, the OPW will hold an Act of Remembrance at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery followed by the opening of an exhibition at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster and to...
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to announce the lighting of the Phoenix Column on Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park. Mrs. Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D. Higgins, and who inspired the initiative, will officiate at the lighting...