Dublin Sports and Outdoors

Listing of places to attend a match, participate in sports, and enjoy the outdoors in Dublin, Ireland.

Aviva Stadium


Regardless of whether you approach it from down the road or are sitting in the stands, this is one slick and shiny cool new stadium which is a wonder to look at. Historically known as Lansdowne Road (still does to many die-hards), it is a comfortable place to watch rugby and football. From time to time they hold concerts from some of the biggest names in the music business. Very unfortunately, there is no subscribe button to speak of.

Croke Park


I don't need to say much about this legendary arena where Ireland sports history has been made for over 100 years. I certainly can't wait to witness my first hurling match in a full stadium (that’s 82,300 – wow!) of cheering fans. They also have a shop onsite, offer stadium tours, and there is a GAA Museum who DO send out an eZine with news and events. I just wish Croke Park offered an email newsletter for those of us who need regular reminders to buy tickets before they sell out.

Dublin Bikes


Rent a bike by the minute or hour to travel around Dublin on 2 wheels. I recommend sticking to the parks and cycle paths including the Grand Canal which runs from the Docklands and around the southern part of the city.

Hilltop Treks


Check out their guided day walks that depart from Dublin to the Wicklow Mountains. It's a terrific way to get out of the city for a bit of exercise and views from the hills. They also offer walking holidays around Ireland and hillwalking courses.

Irish Greyhound Board


This website is the place to go to find out about greyhound racing at tracks all around Ireland, including Shelbourne Park and Harolds Cross which are conveniently located in Dublin. You will need to register to request their newsletter and take advantage of advertised monthly deals.

Leopardstown Racecourse


While this fun horse racing track is located 6 miles south of Dublin city centre, the LUAS line can take you there in minutes (I do not have a car so that helps a lot). They have a full schedule of races and family events throughout the year, so sign up for their calendar with updates and specials.

Phoenix Park


This park is massive so consult a map first to decide which entrance to choose before heading out to explore the grounds. Renting a bike is a good way to get far without a car. From gardens to monuments to wild deer to the Farmleigh mansion there is plenty to do.

RDS (The Royal Dublin Society)


The RDS in Ballsbridge is much more than a sports stadium as it is a monster-sized complex of outdoor arenas, halls, and venues for a variety of sporting events and non sporting events. Besides holding many of the matches for Leinster Rugby, it hosts concerts, speakers, and popular expos such as Holiday World (a favorite on mine) and shopping themed fairs for Bridal, Baby, Beauty, Fashion, and Home. Luckily they have a Subscribe button that delivers their email newsletter.

Visit Dublin Parks


There are numerous city parks and squares to explore around Dublin. Use Google Maps to locate green spaces or view this list of must see parks and gardens as published by the official Visit Dublin site.