4 Beautiful Walks in Dublin City

Updated: Mar 22

Been living in Dublin for a while? Want to get out in nature but you don’t know what is available around the city? Then look no further.

Here are 4 of the best walks in Dublin City that you can get to without a car.

Grand Canal

How much time do you have?

The canal starts at Grand Canal dock in Dublin City centre and weaves its way over 140km through the heart of Ireland to Shannon Harbour in Co. Offaly.

However, the Dublin section is a short 5km walk or cycle along the south side of the city, connecting you to many famous areas of Dublin (Baggot Street, Rathmines & Harold’s Cross). Lined with a host of native Irish trees, the canal is a tranquil walk in the heart of the busy city with coffee shops and kiosks positioned throughout if you fancy a pick-me-up.

You can join the canal at any intersection along the South Circular Road or just get off at the Suir Road Luas stop.

  • Walking time: 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Access by: Luas (Suir Road stop), Car, Bike, Foot

War Memorial Garden

A hidden gem of Dublin city, the War Memorial Garden is located along the River Liffey, accessible at Island Bridge (10 min walk from Heuston Station). The walk stretches alongside the Liffey for 3km all the way to Chapelizod village.

The Gardens are dedicated to the nearly 50,000 Irish soldiers who died in World War One. The majority of work took place between 1931 and 1938. The Gardens were never officially opened due to the outbreak of World War 2. Rather, they were officially opened in 2006 – on the 90th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.

This walk is a beautiful blend of land and water with wildlife flourishing all around its banks.

  • Walking time: 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Access by: Luas (Heuston Station stop), Car, Bike, Foot

Phoenix Park

When you see guides to the best walks in Dublin online, you’ll rarely see the mighty Phoenix Park left out, and for good reason.

Europe’s largest city park is home to endless trails, with a little bit of something to suit every kind of walker (you can even combine your walk with a visit to Dublin Zoo!). The Phoenix Park is also the location of Áras an Uachtaráin (the house of the President of Ireland), so you might be lucky enough to spot the President himself or, more importantly, the President’s dog.

Less than a 5-minute walk from Heuston station, you can just head off on the multiple loops through the fields. Just remember to watch out for the deer.

  • Walking time: 30 minutes to 2 hours

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Access by: Luas (Heuston Station stop), Car, Bike, Foot

Poolbeg Lighthouse

Yes, the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk is the one that takes you out to the iconic red lighthouse! This is a mighty coastal walk that’ll fix any sore heads.

There’s a long 2 hour – starting from Sandymount- and a short 40/50 minutes – starting near Pigeon House Road - walk here, depending on how energetic you’re feeling.

Expect breath-taking views of Dublin Bay, Howth Head, Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Just make sure to dress for the occasion – it can get very windy on the route.

  • Walking time: 40 minutes to 2 hours (depending on route)

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Access by: Bike, Foot, Car

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