Best outdoor spots for families in Dublin

With the vagaries of Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can.  So here's some of the best places in Dublin to get outdoors with your kids and enjoy the best the county has to offer.

Iveagh Gardens

This delightful park is minutes from the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street but feels like it's miles away.

An oasis of calm and beauty in the middle of Dublin City Centre, the Iveagh Gardens are an ideal picnic spot, with beautiful greens and gardens and a small waterfall, there is nowhere nicer in Dublin on a summer's day.


The meadows in front of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park is a great spot to enjoy a picnic with great views, lots of space and with a farmers market most weekends, you can pick up tasty treats there.

The Dublin Mountains

There are some great picnic spots in the Dublin mountains especially around Three Rocks with picnic tables available and unbeatable views of the city.

The Hellfire Club

This spot in the Dublin Mountains is another fun place for a walk with plenty of space for the kids to run around when you get to the top.

Related: Fun Picnic Places in Dublin

Howth Head and Bray Head

Both walks on opposing sides of Dublin Bay are great for a family ramble with various trails available.

Related: Great Family Walks in Dublin

Father Collins Park

Father Collins Park is just beside Clongriffin DART station (between Howth Junction and Portmarnock) and is a great place to go cycling with the kids.  Good for kite flying as well!

Marley Park

A popular spot on the Southside amongst parents with playgrounds and again, good for taking the kids cycling.  Another good one for flying kites.

Dollymount Beach

It's a lovely cycle along the coast road from Clontarf as far as Howth.  Other favourite beaches on the south side are Sandycove, Killiney and Sandymount. On the north side there are great sandy strands at Portmarnock, Donabate, Sutton and Malahide.

Here's two favourites out of a huge selection of playgrounds and parks in Dublin:

Ardgillan Demesne

The huge colourful playground in the grounds of Ardgillan Castle & Demesne in Balbriggan has a large climbing frame, sociable swings, flying fox.  Lots to do for all ages.

Related: Playgrounds in South Dublin

Tymon Park

There are three great playgrounds in Tymon Park. There is a large adventure playground at the Tallaght entrance to the park.

At the Templeogue entrance, there is another playground suitable for both toddlers and older children.

In the woods beside this playground there are several climbing frames, hammocks, a huge netted climbing pyramid and several other wooden play things along the path through the wood.

Related: Free Things to Do with Kids in Dublin

Article written by Deborah, Mykidstime Dublin

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.