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Things to Do in Dublin with Your Dog

Published on: April 21, 2022  |  Author: Starwood Pet Travel

Moving to a foreign country can be an exhilarating adventure, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges, especially if you have pets. However, by enlisting the help of a professional pet transport company, you can ease the burden and alleviate the stress that naturally comes with moving your furry loved ones overseas.

If you're making the move to Dublin, Ireland, look no further than Starwood. Our dedicated team can take care of your pet's relocation while you focus on the other aspects of your move. Once you arrive in Dublin, all you need to do is settle in and embrace the vibrant city life with your furry companion. Helping your dog adjust to their new surroundings is essential, and finding places for them to play is a great start.

Walks & Hikes

Take your dog for a scenic run or leisurely walk through the stunning landscapes of Dublin. According to Lovin Dublin, a website that offers valuable insights for new locals, you'll never be more than 30 minutes away from a brilliant, beautiful, and even historically significant dog walk. They recommend 11 fantastic places to explore, including:

  • Burrow Beach in Sutton, locally known as "Hole-In-The-Wall beach," is a must-visit for you and your dog. However, it may be best to avoid visiting during the crowded summer months when families with children flock to the beach.
  • Corkagh Park Dog Park in Clondalkin offers a secure off-leash area and a convenient water station to keep your furry friend hydrated. Don't forget to bring a portable dish for them.
  • Killiney Hill is perfect for leisurely walks, with an off-leash area for dogs to run and a beach where they can dip their paws in the refreshing (albeit cold) water.
  • Marlay Park in Rathfarnham features multiple off-leash areas within a double fence, complete with a river for a refreshing doggie swim. Afterward, you can explore the food stalls at the Marley Farmers Market.
  • The Irish National War Memorial Gardens are among the famous memorial gardens in Europe. Some areas require a leash or are restricted for dogs, so keep that in mind.


After hours of play, it's only natural to work up an appetite. Although dogs are not allowed on public transportation or inside Dublin's restaurants and shops, there are still plenty of outdoor, dog-friendly spots where you can grab a delicious meal and a refreshing pint of Guinness or your favorite beverage. Consider visiting these welcoming establishments:

  • The Dog House & Blues Tearoom in Howth, a charming fishing village just north of Dublin, offers mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas. While your furry friend may not be able to indulge in their famous warm brownies with ice cream, a small piece of your pizza could be a delightful treat.
  • Happy Out Cafe, with locations in Bull Island and Donnybrook, serves a variety of coffee (and "not coffee"), sandwiches, breakfast options, and pastries. Take a look at their Instagram to see adorable furry visitors and drool-worthy food pictures.

If you're looking for more pet-friendly activities, places to visit, or pet products in Dublin, be sure to check out Pet Friendly Dublin for all your furry friend's needs.

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