The Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed public parks 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 wild fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Áras an Uachtaráin, Zoological Gardens, Victorian Flower Gardens, a Biodiversity Information Centre, Phoenix Café and Tea Rooms. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be 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 note that BBQs are not permitted in the Phoenix Park.
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. Please refer to Current Road and Gate Closures for any changes to these opening times.
Please find map below of parking facilities available in the Phoenix Park. For more information please click on the Plan your Visit / Directions headings on the above tab bar.
Phoenix Park Honey Show 2023
The Phoenix Park Honey Show will take place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Saturday 9th September 2023.
The Entry Form may be found on the back of the Honey Show Brochure.
Phoenix Park Biodiversity Festival 2023
The Phoenix Park Biodiversity Festival will take place from Friday 8th September to Sunday 10th September 2023 inclusive.
The full brochure of events will be posted shortly
Licences and Permits
A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2023 is available to download below.
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 or Arbour Hill Cemetery.
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
Details of any current and future scheduled road and gate closures in the Phoenix Park can be found here.
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.
Deer in the Park
Please find Frequently Asked Questions and other information on the wild fallow deer here. Members of the public are advised not to feed or approach the deer in the Phoenix Park. Please click on image below for advice on caution around the wild deer herd.
Dogs in the 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.
OPW to host Biodiversity Festival and 6th Annual Honey Show at the Phoenix Park
OPW to host Biodiversity Festival and 6th Annual Honey Show at Phoenix Park Three-day family-friendly event to educate visitors on biodiversity and bee-friendly gardening The 6th Annual Office of Public Works (OPW) Biodiversity Festival & Honey Show will take...
Office of Public Works announces the launch of the Phoenix Park Parking Strategy
Office of Public Works announces the launch of the Phoenix Park Parking Strategy The Office of Public Works is developing a parking strategy for the Phoenix Park. The Park is enjoyed by over ten million visitors each year. The OPW wants your views on how to encourage...
Restoration works at Ashtown & Castleknock Gates, Phoenix Park, and associated road closures
The Office of Public Works wish to advise of upcoming gate closures to Ashtown Gate and Castleknock Gate in order to facilitate the rehanging of the historical gates. The gate restoration project is now at the stage where no further works can take place without...