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.
(Please refer to text above re vehicular gate closures) 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.
DRONES IN THE PHOENIX PARK
Please note the use of drones is NOT permitted in The Phoenix Park
Upcoming Road and Gate Closures
Events List 2020
A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2020 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.
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
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.
Ground-breaking TV series on life in the Phoenix Park returns for Series 2. Catch-up on ‘It’s a Park’s Life’ this Thursday 17th September on RTE One at 7pm
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to announce that the ground-breaking TV series on life in the Phoenix Park returns for a second series, commencing this Thursday 17 September at 7pm on RTE One TV. Viewers are invited to revisit one of Europe’s largest...
The Office of Public Works (OPW) today announced the reopening of all of the perimeter gates to the Phoenix Park, with the exception of Knockmaroon Gate, with effect from Friday 10 July 2020. Works are presently being carried out on Knockmaroon Gate and it will reopen...
OPW to keep side gates to Phoenix Park closed and encourages pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the natural landscape of the Park
The Office of Public Works (OPW) today announced that it will maintain the closure of the peripheral gates to the Phoenix Park in order to facilitate the significant increase in use of the park by walkers and cyclists of all ages in recent months. The OPW is...