All dogs love to go for a walk and when you have access to so many beautiful places around Dublin it can be hard to choose where to take your dog for a walk in Dublin.
Before we look at some of the places to take your dog for a walk in Dublin here is a quick checklist of things to take with you on your walk.
What To Take With You When Dog Walking In Dublin
- Poo Bags – Please pick up after your dog!
- Water – you may want to take a bowl if your dog won’t drink from a bottle
- Towel – if your dog is likely to get wet
- Spare dog lead – you never know!
- Change for an ice cream (you know you want one!)
- Good pair of walking shoes
- Check the weather before you go – do you (and your dog) need rain gear
- Don’t forget your mobile phone.
5 Best Places To Walk Your Dog In Dublin
Iveagh Gardens are located on Clonmel Street, off Harcourt Street in Dublin 2. Access is by Clonmel Street, Hatch Street, and to the rear of the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace.
The gardens are open all year round and are absolutely stunning. There is a lot of wildlife here for you to see and a lot of history surrounds these gardens. It’s a great place for concerts and food festivals.
Things to See:
- A large sunken lawn located near the Earlsfort Terrace entrance. This is Ireland’s only purpose-built archery field
- The waterfall which flows over an immense rockery, with rocks from each of Ireland’s 32 counties
- The maze, which is a miniature copy of London’s Hampton Court Maze
Note – Dogs must be kept on a lead at Iveagh Gardens.
Bushy Park is located in Terenure, although stretches in Rathfarnham and Templeogue, and spans 51 acres. There is definitely something for everyone here and it’s a great place to take your dog for a walk, get some fresh air and bring the rest of the family along with you.
Things to See
- Children’s playground
- Extensive wooded area, with walks to the banks of the Dodder
- Woodland pond and a duck pond. The park is a good place for birdwatching
- The park has football fields, a skateboarding area, and 11 tennis courts.
Phoenix park is an absolutely stunning place to take your dog. Always a hive of activity, at 1752 acres is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city.
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 7am until 11pm.
Things to See
- Lots of areas to walk
- Dublin Zoo
- Bike Hire
- Tea Rooms and Cafe
- Visitors Centre
Malahide Beach is a 10 minute walk from the Malahide Village centre. There is free parking at the beach, the entrance to which is opposite the coast road. There is also additional pay and display parking on the main road.
The beach itself is 2km long and is a beautiful, clean and well-maintained beach. It’s not particularly busy during the week days, but is nevertheless a popular spot.
There are great views of Lambay Island, Howth and Ireland’s Eye, depending on how far you walk along the beach. You can also take the 5km walk on the footpath all the way to Portmarnock.
Marlay Park is 300 acres in size and is located in Rathfarnham, just over 5 miles from Dublin City Centre. It’s a really busy and popular destination and is often used as a music venue.
Things To See
- Woodlands, ponds and walks.
- Nine-hole golf course
- Tennis courts, football pitches, GAA pitches, cricket pitch
- Children’s playgrounds
- Miniature railway
- Home craft shop and a coffee shop.
You can read all about the Marlay Park opening hours on their website.