Playgrounds in North Dublin

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If you’re looking for some ideas for things to do with the kids in North Dublin, here are our favourite playgrounds in North Dublin:

Maypark, Donnycarney, Dublin 5

Can you park? Small carpark to the left of the park or in front of the clinic, parking is free.

Toilets nearby? No

Parent benches? Yes

Toddler swings? Yes

Opening hours: None are specified so the usual public park opening hours would apply, 9.00am – 8.00pm (earlier closing 5.00 p.m. in wintertime)

What we like: Good layout with separate area for toddlers.

What we don’t like Parking is limited; need toilets and more parent benches.

Newbridge Demesne, Donabate

Can you park? Yes.

Toilets nearby? Yes.

Parent benches? Yes.

Toddler swings? Yes.

Opening hours: 10am till dusk – depending on time of year.

What we like: Newbridge House also has a farm, so you can have a full day out.

What we don’t like Can get really busy when there is good weather.  The playground isnt fenced in so it would be easy for a younger child to wander off.

Malahide Castle

Can you park? Yes.

Toilets nearby? Yes.

Parent benches? Yes & plenty of picnic tables.

Toddler swings? Yes.

Opening hours: 10am till dusk – depending on time of year.

What we like: The playground is split into two sections, with an area more suited to toddlers and an area containing climbing frames and slides more suited to older kids.

What we don’t like Can get really busy when there is good weather.

Millenium Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Can you park? Plenty of free parking, but a short walk to the playground.

Toilets nearby? Yes, portaloo style.  However they are not always unlocked.

Parent benches? Yes

Toddler swings? Yes

Opening hours: 10am till dusk – depending on time of year.

What we like: Great new slide open suitable for 5+, plenty for all ages.  Also has a skateboard park & astroturf pitches.

What we don’t like Has been vandalised in the past resulting in some equipment being out of use.

Ardgillan Demesne, Balbriggan

Can you park? Yes.

Toilets nearby? Yes.

Parent benches? Yes.

Toddler swings? Yes.

Opening hours: 10am till dusk – depending on time of year.

What we like: Lovely setting & views of the sea.

What we don’t like A bit of a drive outside of Dubin & it took us a while to find it.

Father Collins Park, Donaghmede, Dublin 13

Can you park? Yes plenty of free parking!

Toilets nearby? Yes according to the park map at the entrance but I couldn’t see them! Possibly not open yet

Parent benches? Yes loads of them!

Toddler swings? No swings at all, very disappointing for my 3 year old but loads of toddler equipment.

Opening hours: 10am til dusk.

What we like: 2 playgrounds so plenty for all. Also has a skating/bike area, chess area, sports pitch etc. Also loads of picnic tables so you can have a really nice time out with the kids!

What we don’t like: Again not having swings, a must for 3 year olds!Also as the park is a water reserve,expect to find a lake in the middle and other open water areas so please be careful with young children!

Visitors Centre Playground, Phoenix Park

Can you park? Yes, but limited during summer & school holidays when it gets busy.

Toilets nearby? Yes, there is a lovely cafe in the visitors centre which has toilets.

Parent benches? Yes

Toddler swings? Yes

Opening hours: 9.30 – 1 hour before sunset

What we like: Great range of equipment – not just your standard swings & slide.  There is a climbing frame in the shape of a dinosaur & small houses that toddlers can sit in.

What we don’t like Suitable mainly for pre-schoolers.  The cafe doesnt allow buggies inside.

Fairview Playground, Dublin 3.

Can you park? Pay and display on the main road in front of the park

Toilets nearby? No public toilets but there are cafes across the road in an emergency!

Parent benches? Yes

Toddler swings? Yes

Opening hours: 9.00am – 8.00pm (earlier closing 5.00 p.m. in wintertime)

What we like: There are 2 small playgrounds so kids will never have to queue!!

What we don’t like: The Park is beside the busy Malahide Road, caution is required. 

St Anne’s Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Can you park? Yes plenty in front of the park for free!

Toilets nearby? Yes café nearby

Parent benches? Yes

Toddler swings? Yes

Opening hours: 9.00am – 8.00pm (earlier closing 5.00 p.m. in wintertime)

What we like: Great equipment overall, picnic tables outside the playground are ideal for a picnic on a summer’s day, perfect day out for all the family. There is a café nearby called Tir na Nog part of the Red Stables which also has a food market on a Saturday. The Rose Garden is 5 minutes away from the playground, not to be missed!

What we don’t like: Everything is great!

What is your favourite playground on the Northside to take the kids?  Tell us in the comments below.

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