6 blissful places to go camping near Dublin

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If you don’t want to choose between visiting the fantastic city of Dublin and living your best camper’s life, then prepare for some great news - you don’t have to! 

It’s possible to spend the day experiencing the city’s rich culture, fascinating literary heritage, and long history before retiring to your tent or campervan for a great night’s sleep. 

If this sounds like your cup of tea, but you’re not entirely sure what to do or where to go camping near Dublin, then this is an article you want to read!

Campsites near Dublin

Whether you want to stay close to where the action is, gasp at breathtaking coastal views, or go on an inland adventure, it’s up to you - there are campsites in the Dublin area perfect for any occasion. Here is a collection of some great options, but don’t forget that each location will have its own regulations and amenities, so make sure to check properly before booking - and bring some coins in case you need them to use the facilities!

Hidden Valley Resort

You’ll never have a dull moment while staying at this beautiful campsite that offers hard-standing and grass sites with full hookups and heated toilet and shower blocks, and a whole bunch of fun activities; including adventure mini-golf, laser tag, and movie nights. 

Bring the kids and let them have the time of their lives at the aqua park or outdoor adventure park!

Wolohan’s Silver Strand Caravan Park

If you’re looking for a bit of seaside fun, then this is the place for you. At this caravan park, all sites are grass, and almost all of them come with a stunning view of the ocean. 

Amenities include toilet blocks and a laundrette, and why not pop to the on-site shop and pick up some snacks or barbecue supplies - or swimwear, if you forgot to pack yours! If the kids are getting restless, a visit to nearby Clara Lara Funpark might be the best medicine!

Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

If you want to combine your Dublin trip with some well-deserved relaxation and fascinating local history, then this is where you want to go. Other than a communal shower block, toilet, and kitchen, this quaint campsite offers a games room, a playground, and a tea room - and don’t forget about the guided tours to the local cairns, cottages, and other historical landmarks!

Camac Valley Caravan & Camping Park

If you want to stay very close to Dublin, this is a great option. Located in Corkagh Park, this campsite has accessible facilities, a playground, snacks and ice cream for purchase, and fishing lakes. Dogs are welcome, and since you’ll be staying in the middle of a park, there are miles of walking through beautiful rose gardens and woody areas full of wildlife. Does it get any better?

Camper Park Dublin

Technically not an actual campsite, this location is a great option if you want just to stay the night in a safe area whether you’re on your way somewhere else or just want to check out gorgeous Dublin for the day. There’s both water and electricity and a pet farm nearby for some family fun!

Wild camping near Dublin

Wild camping is an amazing experience and one of the best ways to disconnect from modern life and really recharge your batteries. Unfortunately, wild camping isn’t legal in Ireland despite often being tolerated. Luckily, there are places where you can go wild without actually breaking any rules - just remember to always follow the Wild Camping Code!

Wicklow Mountains National Park

In this absolutely stunning national park situated just south of Dublin, there are areas where wild camping is allowed. Here you can truly become one with nature, far from electricity, running water, and the noises of towns and cities. Hike through the vegetation, sit down for a long picnic, and get mesmerised by the starry skies. 

Meath Eco Park

If you’re looking for a slightly more structured wild camping experience, then look no further than this adult-only motorhome park with wild camping sites sprinkled in an amazing landscape, perfect for long walks and quiet afternoons. Your dog is very welcome, and if you’re lucky, you might even get a fresh egg for breakfast courtesy of the on-site happy hens!

Things to do in Dublin

Now that you know where to stay, it’s time to find out what there is to do in the amazing city that is Dublin!

History

The impact of the past can be seen on every corner of this old city with its rich history and beautiful architecture. Visit Dublin Castle, Malahide Castle & Gardens or St. Anne’s Park for a journey back in time, or go even deeper into the past at the National Museum of Ireland - Archeology or Natural History. 

Culture

Dublin is known for its extraordinary rich literary culture, which you can learn all about at the Museum of Literature or the Dublin Writers Museum. Stroll through galleries, visit the theatre, or take a trip to the concert hall - there’s also lots of food and shopping, of course!

Breweries and distilleries

Guiness factory gate

It would be a shame to visit Dublin without learning about one of its most iconic and beloved products - Guinness! Learn all about the classic beverage at Guinness Storehouse, and why not check out one of the local whiskey distilleries while you’re at it!

Family fun

If the weather doesn’t allow for a relaxing day at one of the city’s beaches, there’s always AquaZone, with plenty of rides and slides for some fun in the water. If you’d rather spend some time with friendly animals or learn more about what life was like in Dublin in the past, pay Airfield Estate or Newbridge House a visit.

water park AquaZone

If you’ve fallen in love with Dublin and its surroundings but don’t really want to spend the night in a tent, you could always hire a campervan or motorhome in Dublin with Yescapa - because you definitely don’t want to miss out on the National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland!

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