Located in the beautiful seaside area of Killiney in South County Dublin, the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is a 20 minutes drive to Marlay Park. Whether you are going for a walk around the woodlands and ponds, having a picnic with the family, browsing through the craft stalls, or attending a summer festival or concert, Marlay Park is a family-friendly public park with something for everyone.
Prior to 1972 when the park was acquired by the county council, Marlay Park was actually privately owned. Some buildings date back 300 years including Marlay House. The small craft stables are housed in the 18th-century stable yard. There is also a farmers’ market held at Marlay Park each Saturday and Sunday. The park is also a hub for wildlife including foxes, hares, bats, badgers, butterflies, and hedgehogs as well as a number of stunning peacocks.
The parkland comprises mostly woodlands, ponds, and walks that are perfect for a peaceful day in nature. There are also a number of recreational spaces occupied by a nine-hole, par-three golf course, tennis courts, six soccer pitches, five GAA pitches, a cricket pitch, two children's playgrounds, and a miniature railway.
Marlay Park is mostly famous for hosting Summer music concerts and festivals. The Longitude Festival is hosted in July, which started in 2013, as well as other individual artists that include The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Muse, Green Day, Kanye West, and Metallica.
Whether you are here for a concert or just a lovely day out in nature, Fitzpatrick Castle is the perfect hotel near Marlay Park to return to after a long day. To get to Marlay Park, take the Ballinclea Road out of the hotel towards the Graduate Roundabout where you will join Church Road. After a few moments, you will enter the M50 and follow it all the way to Marlay Park. At Fitzpatrick Castle, stay in one of our Seaview or Family Rooms that are just the comfort and relaxation you need after a long day. If you are inclined, you can also take a short trip down to our leisure centre and relax in the sauna, steam room, or jacuzzi.