The prevalence of dog parks in the United States is a huge boon to dog owners and their beloved four-legged friends. Dedicated dog parks make it easy for owners to let their dogs exercise safely and socialise with other dogs.
While dog-only parks are not quite as common in Dublin, in recent years a number of parks across the city have designated specific sections for dogs to roam and play off-leash. While socialising with other dogs can be beneficial, owners should keep an eye on their dogs at all times to ensure their safety.
In this post we share the best dog-friendly parks in Dublin.
Map of Parks
The following map shows the location of every park highlighted in this post:
Corkagh Park in Clondalkin has a secure off-leash area for dogs to run wild safely. There are also water facilities available for dogs to cool down after their activity.
Location: Naas Road, Newlands Cross, Dublin
Saint Anne’s Park
Located on the North Dublin coast, Saint Anne’s Park is off-leash from opening until 11am and for the last hour before closing. There is also a dedicated section where dogs can be off-leash throughout the day.
Location: Clontarf East, Raheny, Dublin
Dogs are welcome on-leash in Malahide Demesne adjacent to Malahide Castle. There is an off-leash section where dogs can run free.
Location: Malahide, Dublin
Griffeen Valley Dog Park
Griffeen Valley Park in the west of the city has a dedicated dog park within the main park area. While small, the dog park can be a good spot for dogs to meet other canines.
Location: Esker South, Lucan, Dublin
Killiney Hill Park
Killiney Hill Park in the village of Killiney in South Dublin is an off-leash designated park. This spot is the perfect place for a bracing walk with your canine friend with sea views over Dublin Bay and bracing saltwater air.
Location: Killiney Hill, Scalpwilliam, Dublin
Similarly to Killiney Hill Park, Marley Park in South Dublin is also an off-leash designated park. This expansive park is the perfect place for dogs that need room to roam.
Location: Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Irish National War Memorial Gardens
The Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Kilmanham, close to the Phoenix Park, is an off-leash park where dogs are free to roam unencumbered.
Location: Island Bridge, Ushers, Dublin
The final entry on our list is Shanganagh Park on the Dublin-Wicklow border in South Dublin. Like Marley Park and Killiney Hill Park, Shanganagh Park is an off-leash designated park.
Location: Shankill, Dublin