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.
We wish to advise that any organised activity or event taking place at the Phoenix Park must first have received permission from Park Management. Applicants are generally required to also sign an indemnity form and submit a copy of public liability insurance. If you wish to apply for a licence to hold an event / activity or a permit for photography and filming, please click here.
A timetable of Upcoming Events in 2024 is available to download here Events List 2024 (PDF).
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.
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.
Dogs are not permitted in some areas of the Park, and are required to be kept on a lead in other areas. Please download the Code of Conduct for Dog Owners for more information.
Please note that all dogs on the restricted breed list must be muzzled and on a lead at all times in the Phoenix Park. The lead must be strong and short and no longer than 2 metres in length. Such dogs must also wear collars with the owner’s contact information on it. For the full list of restricted dog breeds, please click here
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 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 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...
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...