So, there aren’t a huge number of places to go camping in Dublin (we’re talking about official campsites, not wild camping).
However, there are several excellent campsites in Dublin, like Larch Hill, that’ll give you the buzz of wild camping, but in an organised setting.
There are also plenty of caravan parks that offer cracking campsite facilities, but with the added luxury of a proper shower and toilet.
In the guide below, you’ll find the best places to go camping in Dublin. There’s also a section on places to camping near Dublin, too!
Our favourite places to go camping in Dublin
The first section of our guide looks at campsites in Dublin (one of which is one of the most popular places to go camping in Ireland).
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the brilliant Larch Hill near Tibradden Woods and the very popular Lynders Mobile Home Park to Camac Valley and more.
1. Larch Hill
Larch Hill is the most popular out of the handful of places to go camping in Dublin. You’ll feel a world away from the city and yet the 88-acre property is just 11km from the centre.
Larch Hill, which is the International Scout and Guide Centre, is located in a beautiful valley with plenty of trees and open spaces to enjoy the fresh air.
The campground has clean water from deep water wells, a toilet and shower block and an all-weather shelter for campers.
The scout centre can also provide you with all your camping gear, if you don’t have your own, so it’s a great option for camping novices.
2. Lynders Mobile Home Park
Lynders Mobile Home Park is one of the more scenic campsites in Dublin, thanks to itslocation on the beautiful coastline of Portrane, a stone’s throw from Portrane Beach (yes, the one from the Father Ted Episode!).
Just 25 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport, Lynders is a great place to head for some seaside camping. Although there are a lot of mobile homes on sites, you can camp here, too.
For campers they offer lovely grass sites, with electric points, water and waste facilities, if you need. They also have a toilet and shower block which is heated for those chilly coastal mornings.
Of course, the highlight of camping here though is that they have direct access and 800m of beach frontage, so you can enjoy the beautiful Dublin Bay all day long.
3. Camac Valley Camping
Their facilities include 7 toilet and shower blocks, drinking water, electric points, camper’s kitchen and a laundry.
Open all year round, the camping park has so much to do you can easily spend a lot of time there. With plenty of walking trails, a playground, coffee shop, fishing lakes, animal farm and rose garden, it’s a definite family favourite.
4. North Beach Tourist Caravan and Motor Home Park
This family-owned caravan park is another great coastal spot for camping in Dublin. Located on North Beach in Rush, it’s just 30km north of the city centre.
With 200m of beach frontage, you can swim and fish all day and return to your campsite in the evening. It’s one of the best options for those with a campervan or caravan, with plenty of facilities to make your stay comfortable, including electricity points, kitchen, showers and toilet blocks and ironing facilities.
Unfortunately, tents aren’t permitted, but anyone travelling in a motorhome will find it a lovely beach camping spot near Dublin.
Places to go camping near Dublin
So, now that we have the campsites in Dublin out of the way, it’s time to see where else you can pitch up nearby.
Below, you’ll find some of the best places to go camping in Wicklow, along with a cracking little spot in Louth.
1. Hidden Valley Holiday Park
Hidden Valley is a jam-packed adventure holiday park that makes a great family camping destination near Dublin and it’s located in a beautiful valley overlooking the Avonmore River.
The park has a range of accommodation including glamping, but if you’re looking for a camping adventure, then they have caravan and motorhome pitches with power or a tent only camping area with grass sites.
It’s great for the whole family with so many facilities and activities on offer, including kayaking, outdoor adventure playground, fishing, laser tag and bumper boats.
2. Wicklow Way Camping
A relatively new addition to the camping and caravanning scene, Wicklow Way Camping is a real gem of a spot. Situated at Oldbridge on the famous Wicklow Way walking trail, it has stunning views of the surrounding mountains on the edge of the national park.
The small and intimate campground has a limited number of spots but each with their own privacy so you can feel a world away.
They have fire pits, coin operated hot showers, toilet blocks and Wi-Fi, so you can stay comfortable and connected. The family friendly park offers a number of fun activities as well, including mountain biking, horse riding, fishing and swimming.
3. Wolohan’s Silver Strand Caravan Park
Wolohan’s Silver Strand Caravan Park is a great camping spot overlooking the stunning Silver Strand Beach. The 22-acre property is set on a rural farm with coastal views, making it a very peaceful escape.
They welcome all sorts of camping from tents to motorhomes and caravans on lush grass sites. Many of the motorhome pitches even have sea views, so you can enjoy the sight and sound of the waves during your stay.
Of course, you’ll find all the best amenities too, with toilet and shower facilities and a launderette.
4. Gyles Quay Caravan and Camping Park
Located in Gyles Quay just outside of Dundalk, this caravan park sits below the Slieve Foy Mountains and overlooking the ocean.
It’s in one of the last unspoiled coastal areas of the north east of Ireland, with access to a clean and safe beach from your camping site.
They have a limited number of pitches available for caravans and campervans only, with a number of facilities for all guests.
They offer a children’s playground, tennis court, football pitch, bar, take away food, camp kitchen and washing machine.
The best campsites in Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to go camping in Dublin from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out! Or, browse some of our other Dublin accommodation guides below:
- 11 of the best rated B&Bs in Dublin
- 10 of the quirkiest boutique hotels in Dublin
- 13 of the finest family hotels in Dublin
- The best places to go glamping in Dublin
- 9 of the most extravagant castle hotels in Dublin
- 7 luxurious 5 star hotels in Dublin
- 12 stunning spa hotels in Dublin
FAQs about the best places to go camping in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the most unique campsites Dublin has to offer?’ to ‘Which are the most scenic?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Where are the best places to go camping Dublin has to offer?
Larch Hill, Lynders Mobile Home Park and Camac Valley Camping are three of the best campsites in Dublin.
Where are the best places to go camping near Dublin?
Wicklow Way Camping, Hidden Valley Holiday Park and Wolohan’s Silver Strand are great options for camping near Dublin.