Plan a Visit

Opening Hours

The Irish National War Memorial Gardens are open all year round, except Christmas Day.
Monday – Friday: 8am – dusk.
Saturday – Sunday: 9.30am – dusk.
Please contact us for exact closing hours on any given day.


There are entrances to the gardens from both Con Colbert Road,  from the Phoenix Park end of the South Circular Road and via riverside footpath from Chapelizod village through Liffey-Valley park.


Buses serving the area are numbers 51d, 25 66,67,79a and 69.  Check the Dublin Bus website for up to date schedules. Car parking is available from the South Circular Road entrance.

War Memorial Gardens

Drag the yellow figure to the red pin to explore the site at streetview level.


There are Free OPW guided tours that take place on Wednesdays only, at 11.00am, from 12th April to 25th October 2023.  The meeting point for the tours is inside the gates of the car park. 

No booking is necessary.  Subject to change and weather permitting.  For more information please contact the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre at or on 01-6770095.


The average length of a visit to the gardens is one to two hours.


There is no charge for entry to the gardens.


Photography and video are permitted; contact us for permission for commercial photography


A Guided Walking Trail for the Irish National War Memorial Gardens


Code of Conduct for Dog Owners

 Also in the Area


Kilmainham Gaol

Distance: 850m.

One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s.

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Distance: 2km

See especially Bully’s Acre, a graveyard with thousand-year-old history on the grounds.

Phoenix Park

Distance: 2km.

One of the largest walled city parks in Europe.

Grangegorman Military Cemetery

Distance: 3.9km.

This graveyard contains hundreds of casualties from the Great War, as well as from Easter week in 1916, and from the Irish War of Independence.

You can also read about the history of the site before your visit.

Find out about the retired servicemen who constructed the gardens to the design of Sir Edwin Lutyens.