On the rare days that Dublin is blessed with good weather, there is nothing better than gathering up friends, family, and food and heading out for a picnic. Thankfully there is an abundance of great picnic spots to choose from across the city.
In this post, we share the 7 best places for a picnic in Dublin.
Map of Places
The following map shows the location of every picnic spot highlighted in this post:
Hidden away in the centre of the city, the Iveagh Gardens are a classic picnic spot. Quieter than St. Stephen’s Green and and with plenty of lush lawn to set down on, the park is open all year.
Make sure to check out the beautiful cascade in the centre of the park and the rose garden to the south.
The Grand Canal
The banks of the Grand Canal are ripe with opportune spots for a picnic. While most stretches of the canal are picnic-friendly, the stretch along Mount Street is hard to beat.
For family picnics, there is nowhere better than Merrion Square, with ample space for the kids to run around and an action packed playground.
For a picnic with a view, look no further than Killiney Hill in South Dublin. Getting to the peak takes some effort, but the views over Dublin Bay are more than worth it. On a clear day, the views extend as far as the mountains of Wales across the Irish Sea.
Nearby Killiney Strand is the perfect spot for a post-picnic walk.
Not far from the charming seaside village of Malahide are the sprawling grounds of Malahide Castle. The rolling lawns in front of the centuries-old castle are the perfect setting for a picnic on a sunny summer’s day.
While you’ll want to pack a blanket, Howth Head is another excellent picnic spot for those looking to enjoy some stunning views with their lunch. The summit offers views over the Howth peninsula and Dublin Bay.
Saint Anne’s Park
The final entry on our list is one of North Dublin’s gems, Saint Anne’s Park in the Clontarf neighbourhood. The 240 acre park has numerous excellent spots for a picnic, with a range of walks through the park, along the sea, and on nearby Bull Island to enjoy after your meal.