South Dublin Attractions

Killiney & Dalkey

The towns of Dalkey and Killiney are to the southernmost tip of Dublin and home to celebrities including Bono and Enya. A walk up Vico Road to take in the views is a must-do: Killiney Hill is beautiful with panoramic vistas across the entire city, from Howth Head down to the Dublin Mountains.

The pebbly Killiney beach is popular in summer with bathers and year-round with shore fishers. It boasts the best views of any Dublin beach with the exclusive Sorrento Terrace to its north down to Bray Head.

Dalkey town has a wonderful character and is a great place to explore one afternoon. The Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre explores the 14th Century Castle and Town House and the actors perform “The Tudors are Back…” every 30 minutes.

In the pretty town centre you will find some great cafes and restaurants to stop for lunch or take one of the guided tours to undercover the literary connections and hidden history of the town.

Rathfarnham Castle

A castle has stood at Rathfarnham since about 1583, developed and enhanced over the centuries it has played an important role in the history of Ireland. The castle is open from May until October and gives you glimpses into the past of its colourful occupants. The parkland grounds are open year round.

Marlay Park

The large open spaces of Marlay Park are perfect for an afternoon stroll or lazing on a warm sunny day and just 10 minutes drive from us. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the tennis courts, sports fields, cricket pitch, BMX cycle track and 9-hole golf course. There are some spectacular trails through the woodlands and around the ponds.

Standing near the entrance to the park is Marlay House, also known as the Grange. The fine Georgian mansion was originally the home of the Taylor family it is now owned by Dublin City Council. A number of craft workshops are located in its courtyard with farmers market held each Saturday. Gardner’s will particularly enjoy visiting the ornamental gardens with a Tea Shop in the former Head Gardner’s House.

For kids there is a fantastic playground and a chance to meet the resident peacocks.

Many outdoor concerts are staged in Marlay Park – parking is limited nearby but extra Dublin Bus services run during these times.