Lonely Planet’s Best 13 Parks in Dublin

April 27, 2021

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From the mountains to the sea, Dublin is blessed with a stunning natural landscape – and you will experience Ireland’s capital at its best when you spend the day getting close to nature in one of Dublin’s parks.

Where you walk in Dublin, there’s some kind of story to be found. Dubliners love any excuse to gather outdoors, especially when the sun is shining.

So when you've peeled yourself away from the museums, galleries, restaurants and distilleries, find a park to relax in and watch the stories unfold from the comfort of your picnic blanket.

We are delighted to see two parks in Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown make Lonely Planet’s list of Dublin’s best city parks:

Killiney Hill Park boasts some of the best views in Dublin ©Getty Images

Killiney Hill Park:

Best park for hiking.

‘This is another park outside the city centre but we couldn’t resist sneaking it in because the views here are spectacular. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Killiney Hill Park by train or bus from the city centre. Comprising Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill, this postcard-perfect park is a popular spot for hikers and overlooks the affluent villages of Killiney and Dalkey. On a clear day, you’ll be treated to views of Dublin and Bray Head and, if you’re really lucky, across the Irish Sea to Wales.’

The People's Park hosts a popular market on Sundays © Brian Morrison Photography / Tourism Ireland

The People’s Park:

Best park for food markets

‘This park is outside the city in the seaside suburb of Dun Laoghaire but is well worth the train journey there. It hosts a popular Sunday food market where you’ll find organic vegetables, local seafood and Irish fruit and farm cheeses among other tasty artisan produce. There are usually street performers or musicians on hand to entertain visitors. Grab a slice of Neapolitan pizza or a wine and cheese board and enjoy a day of people-watching before hitting the promenade or pier for a sunset stroll.’

For the full list of Lonely Planet’s best 13 city parks in Dublin, visit: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-parks-in-dublin

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