Cabinteely Park is a massive (45 hectares) public park situated in Cabinteely, Dublin 18. It’s very easy to get to from the N11 and the M50 (exit 15). It’s based in a large housing estate where I grew up called The Park and there are three or four different entrances to it. This is part of a mini series call ‘Free Places to Visit with Kids’ that I will be continuing as the weeks go on.
We always park in the free carpark at the top of the park and make our way from there. There are only two things you need to bring with you for a day at the park. 1) A picnic 2) Bread for the ducks.
The Park has changed so much over the years since we used to go there as kids. They now have a fabulous big playground with different areas for different age groups, a fantastic café called The Stable Yard Café. In the courtyard is The Grainstore (a facility for the promotion of youth arts) a doggy park where the dogs can freely run around and play and loads loads more.
Not forgetting about the beautiful historic 18th Century house that is Cabinteely House. Many films and period drams have been filmed here over the years. While refurbishments are ongoing, you can take tours of the house (by appointment only).
We made our way straight down to the playground. It’s one of the biggest playgounds I know in Dublin. There is loads of different play areas depending on the age group of the children, There is a small baby/toddler area with a playhouse, slides, swings etc.. then a much larger area for bigger kids with a flying fox swing. Then you have the large sandpit with two diggers, the fruiting maze and the giant climbing frame.
You can bring a picnic along here as there is loads of picnic tables, large grassy areas for a picnic blanket and even public toilets.
We then walked down towards the ducks through a gorgeous lavender garden and across the bridge through the trees.
The ducks in Cabinteely Park are really friendly and almost take the bread out of your hands. Be careful of the swans, as pretty as they look they can be quite aggressive so leave a bit of distance with small children just incase.These must be the best fed ducks in Dublin (apart from Marley Park maybe) but you swear they hadn’t eaten in a week, they love their grub!
There is a beautiful wild flower garden that you can walk through, the kids love this and they like to go exploring looking for ladybirds and the likes. We always find one or two here and it’s always a highlight for them.
An afternoon well spent in the fresh air and sunshine and best of all it doesn’t cost anything! Where’s your favourite park to visit?
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