Marlay Park is a 121 hectares (300 acres) suburban public park located in Rathfarnham in Dún Laoghaire–RathdownIreland. Lying about nine kilometres (5.5 miles) from Dublin city centre. The parkland comprises woodlands, ponds and walks. Recreational spaces include a nine-hole, par-three golf course (reopened in 2010 after redesign and rebuild), tennis courts, six football pitches, five GAA pitches, a cricket pitch, two children’s playgrounds and a miniature railway run by the Dublin Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. There is also a craft courtyard with home craft shops and a coffee shop.


Opening Hours 
9am to 8pm
9am to 6pm
November - January
9am to 5pm
February - March
9am to 6pm
9am to 9pm
May - August
9am to 10pm


General Facilities

Parking / Toilets / Coffee Shop / Playgrounds & Extensive walking paths

Farmers' market (Every Saturday and Sunday)

Concert venue (outdoor summer concerts)

Chamber music venue (in Marlay House)

Ice Cream vendor

Cycle Paths & Woodland Trails including Wicklow Way

MINIATURE RAILWAY (Saturdays in summer)

The Miniature Railway operates on Saturday afternoons (weather permitting) from 2.30pm to 5.00pm from May to September and is operated by The Dublin Society of Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd (DSMEE).

The Miniature Railway carries passengers around a track in the centre of the park (behind the bell tower). Website of The Dublin Society of Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd (DSMEE)

Sporting Facilities

5 G.A.A pitches

6 Soccer pitches - Full size soccer all weather pitch

Tennis Courts

Cricket ground

Dressing rooms

Golf - 9 hole Par 3 (Marlay Golf Course: www.marlaygolfcourse.com)

Dog Park

Marlay Dog Park is an enclosed dogs off leash area within Marlay Demesne

Get Directions

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Pedestrian Entrance on Grange Road. Marlay House Car Park Entrance on Grange Road. Car Park Entrance on College Road.


No. 16 (Santry to Ballinteer via City Centre)

No. 16A (Santry to Grange Road via City Centre & further 10mins walk up Grange Road)

No. 116 (From DCU to Marlay via Drumcondra, Leeson Street & Dundrum)

No. 161 (via Nutgrove, Rathfarnham) - see Dublin Bus website for further details


Marlay Park is adjacent to the M50. Take exit 12 (3.5km to Park entrance on R113) or exit 13 (2km to Park entrance on R113).

From the City Centre head South on the N81 to Terenure. Change to the R114 and continue on to Rathfarnham. At Rathfarnham turn right onto Grange Road which leads on to the R113.