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Marlay Park is approximately 121 hectares (300 acres) suburban Public Park located in Rathfarnham in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland. Lying about nine kilometres (5.5 miles) from Dublin city centre and at the foothills of Dublin Mountains the parkland fed by the little Dargle River consists of mature woodland, extensive informal lawns, acres of recreational land laid out for playing pitches and passive recreation, ponds, and walkways.

What to see

Marlay House

Marlay House, built in 1794 by David La Touche replaced an earlier 17th century house called the Grange. Of particular interest in the house are the stunning ballroom, the unusual oval music room, and the elegant decorative plasterwork.  Marlay House has been restored for guided tours and the former stables have been converted into a crafts courtyard.

Marlay Demesne

The rear of Marlay House looks out over the demesne (which includes)
Laurelmere (a victorian cottage), Lake and Boathouse with viewing platform. Marlay Park contains many of the landscape features associated with 18th and early 19th century Parks, incl. substantial boundary wall, gate lodges, ornate iron entrance gates and pillars, walled garden, bridges,  ponds and waterfalls.

Formal Walled Garden

On entering through the head gardener’s house and tea rooms, the central position is taken by a Regency-style ornamental garden, featuring an extensive display of colourful period plants, ranging from herbaceous borders to shrub beds. The orangery (which is occasionally used for exhibitions), arbour and water fountain combine with the other features to create a distinctive atmosphere. Open all year round.

What to do

Walking and running trails

The park hosts weekly park runs and also marks the start point for the Wicklow Way, a long distance self-guided walking trail

Sports & Leisure

Sporting facilities including; tennis courts, a cricket ground, 5 GAA pitches (local club grounds), 6 Soccer pitches, Full size soccer all weather pitch. A 9 hole, par-three golf course (reopened in 2010 after redesign and rebuild) which is currently closed.

Children’s playgrounds and Dog Park

Marlay has a designated dogs off leash area

The Wicklow Way

The Wicklow Way, a long distance self-guided walking trail which travels in a south-south-westerly direction across the Dublin and Wicklow uplands, then through the rolling hill country of southwest County Wicklow to finish in the small, County Carlow village of Clonegal 127 kilometers later.

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