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

Traffic Restrictions:

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.

If you wish to apply for a licence to hold an event, or permit for photography and filming, please click here. A current timetable of Upcoming Events 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.

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.

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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

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.

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.
Click here to download the brand new 2018 programme of events in the park!

Oct 1 – Oct 31 all-day
12:00 am
There will be an exhibition on the R.M.S. Leinster at the Visitor Centre for the month of October  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Oct 28 @ 3:30 pm – Nov 2 @ 3:30 pm
3:30 pm
Event: A guided Spooktacular family cycle including Tales of the unexpected, Kids question hunt and scavenger hunt. Tour: 1.5 hours Location: Starting from Phoenix Park Bikes (Located at the main entrance on the left when[...]
Phoenix Park Bikes
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all-day
12:00 am
There will be an exhibition by the Irish Astronomical Society at the Visitor Centre for the month of November  
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
4:30 pm
World War I Armistice Centenary – Sundown Ceremony of Lights at Grangegorman Military Cemetery on Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7 Sunday 11th November 2018 The Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland District, under the control of its Claddagh Branch,[...]
Grangegorman Military Cemetery

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.

Phoenix Park

Labelled maps of the interior of the Park are available throughout this website.