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 view/download the brand new 2019 programme of events in the park! 


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

Upcoming Road and Gate Closures

  • Saturday 17th August 2019Dublin City Triathlon

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic: 

Upper Glen Road                                                  Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Lower Glen Road                                                   Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Acres Road                                                             Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Main Road from Phoenix Monument to Mountjoy Cross  Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Wellington Road                                                     Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Military Road                                                           Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Survey Road                                                            Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

(Except for access to Farmleigh House)

Gates to be closed: 

Islandbridge Gate                                                    Saturday 7.00am – 3.00pm

Chapelizod Gate                                                       Saturday 7.00am – 3.00pm

Knockmaroon Gate will be closed from 11.00pm on Friday 16th August to 2.00pm on Saturday 17th August

Traffic will be halted or diverted at the following locations:

Main road at Phoenix Monument.

Main road at Gough Junction.

Parking of vehicles will not be permitted except in areas set aside for that purpose.

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


  • Saturday 24th August 2019 – Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race

Roads to be closed to vehicular traffic:

Upper Glen Road                                            Saturday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm

Ordnance Survey Road                                  Saturday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm

Chesterfield Avenue (Phoenix to Gough)   Saturday 9.30 am – 12.00pm

(No through road, access for parking only)

Chesterfield Avenue (Phoenix to Mountjoy)  From 8.00pm on Friday 23rd August to 8.00pm on Saturday 24th August

Back Road (Spa Road to Mountjoy Cross)    Saturday 9.30 am – 12.00 pm

Acres Road                                                        Saturday 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Wellington Road                                               Saturday  10.00 am – 11.00 am

Gates to be closed:

Chapelizod Gate                                              Saturday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

(Emergency access only to Cara Cheshire Home & St Mary’s Hospital)

Knockmaroon Gate                                       Closed until 12.00 pm on Saturday

Islandbridge Gate                                          Saturday 10.00 am – 11.00 am

Castleknock Gate                                           Saturday 9.00 am – 11.45 am

Ashtown Gate                                                 Saturday 9.30 am – 11.45 am

(Left turn only on entry)

Cabra Gate                                                      Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am

Main Gate (Parkgate St) Diversions at Gough Roundabout from 9.30 am – 11.30 am

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

If you wish to apply for a licence to hold an event, or permit for photography and filming, please click here.

A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2019 is available to download here.

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.

Current Road and Gate Closures

Part Road Closure of Chesterfield Avenue at Weekends

As part of the ongoing management of the Phoenix Park and to adhere to the ethos of the Phoenix Park Conservation Management Plan, a 1.2km stretch of Chesterfield Avenue, between the Phoenix roundabout (east) and the Mountjoy roundabout (west – this is the roundabout closest to Castleknock Gate), is closed to vehicular traffic at weekends and Public Holidays during the summer months.  The weekend part-road closures will take effect from Saturday, 4th May 2019 to Sunday, 29th September 2019 between the hours of 07.30 and 20.00 on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays only.

This summer road closure to vehicular traffic allows for open access of Chesterfield Avenue at weekends to pedestrians, cyclists, runners, walkers, families, etc. and was implemented following a “pilot run” in 2012.

Alternative driving routes will once again be available to allow vehicles access the Park and for those wishing to travel in an east/west direction.  The Odd Lamp Road, i.e. the road linking the Phoenix Roundabout to the Back/North Road, will be open to facilitate 2-way traffic between the Phoenix Roundabout and the North Road.  The OPW will closely monitor traffic flows in order to minimise disturbance to users of the Park.

Road Closure Order – Click above


Deer in the Park

Members of the public are advised not to feed or approach the fallow deer in the Phoenix Park. Please click on this link to download advice on caution around the deer.

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.

What’s On

Click here to view/download the brand new 2019 programme of events in the park!

Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – Aug 31 @ 5:15 pm
9:30 am
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – Aug 31 @ 5:15 pm
9:30 am
Join us for an exhibition on the Duke of Wellington, his influence on Irish history and the construction of the Wellington Testimonial. From 1st to the 31st August 2019 at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
Join our OPW gardeners for a free guided walk of the People’s Gardens in the Phoenix Park on Wed, 21st August 2019 at 11.00am. The meeting point is at the Parkgate Street entrance gate to the[...]
People's Gardens Phoenix Park
2:30 pm
Come along and enjoy a Free guided tour of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, Dublin 8 every Wednesday at 2.30pm up to and including Wednesday 30th October 2019. Meeting point is in[...]
Irish National War Memorial Gardens
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am
Staging of Exhibits 8am to 10am Sunday 15th September. Judging will commence at 10.15am. Presentation of Prizes at 4pm. Tours and Lectures throughout the day (details to follow). For the little ones: Family activities and[...]
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

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.

Restoration and Reinstatement of Phoenix Park Gates

Thursday, 7th March 2019 Background In preparation for the Final Mass for the World Meeting of Families 2018, a number of gates in the Phoenix Park were removed for health and safety reasons so as to ensure the safe and free movement of people and vehicles before and...