Picnic Places in Dublin

You can't beat eating outdoors when the sun is shining and we are spoilt for choice for great places to picnic in Dublin. The following are some of my favourite places to eat al fresco in Dublin and the surrounding areas:

Dublin Mountains

Several of the walks and trails in The Dublin Mountains are great spots for a picnic, you cannot beat the view of the entire city on a clear day! 

  • The steep walk up to the Hellfire Club always builds an appetite!
  • Tiknock Forest has a nice trail suitable for little legs and several picnic tables along the way. 
  • Massy's Estate is my personal favourite picnic spot in the Dublin Mountains.

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is always worth a visit and there are picnic tables beside it with lots of room to run around.

Iveagh Gardens

You cannot beat the The Iveagh Gardens for a little bit of peace and tranquility in the centre of Dublin! Located just off Harcourt Street, this is one park that is never full or loud!

Beautiful flora and green areas and an impressive waterfall that never fails to impress the little people, you cannot beat a picnic on a lazy summer day here.

Malahide Castle

With gorgeous parklands, plenty of open space and a playground on site, Malahide Castle is one of our favourites.

Airfield City Farm

Airfield Farm in Dundrum is another favourite, while there is a restaurant on site, there are also picnic facilities.

Other favourite spots in County Wicklow but very close by:


Worth the entry fee, Powerscourt Gardens and waterfall is another ideal location for a picnic and afternoon out.


Glendalough has great picnic facilities on site, great walking trails and stunning scenery.

Take a look at our Summer Picnic Recipes for some inspiration for different picnic foods and pack up the picnic basket to head out for some fresh air and outdoor fun!

Article written by Deborah, mum of 3

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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.