Leisure Activities Dublin, Entertainment in Dubin City

If Historical Attractions are not your scene then do not worry there is much more to keep you entertained in Dublin city. Take a walk or run along the sea front, place a bet at the dogs, pamper yourself in one of the many beauty salons in Dublin or learn about Irish rugby and Cricket, all are close at hand to Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin.


Whether you enjoy jogging, walking or would just like some fresh air, you can do so along the sea front (Dublin Bay), which is at the end of Castle Avenue.

Close to the hotel is ‘Bull Island’ where you can jog along 1 mile of sandy beach.

Jogging routes are available at the concierge desk.


Clontarf Castle has a small gymnasium onsite but if you would like to swim in an Olympic size swimming pool or climb Ireland's newest and tallest indoor Rock Climbing Wall, try Westwood Gym.

Europe's largest gymnasium is only a 10 minute walk from Clontarf Castle. Special guest rates are available.


Pamper yourself in Refresh; Westwood's Health & Beauty Salon. Clontarf Castle can arrange a day where you can indulge in a spa sanctuary all day long.

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Rugby & Cricket

Clontarf Rugby & Cricket Club is a 2 minute walk from Clontarf Castle. Founded in 1876, Clontarf is one of the oldest Rugby Clubs in Ireland. Having played firstly in a field at the bottom of Vernon Avenue, then on a site currently used by Dublin Bus as a Depot, the club moved to its present location and celebrated 100 years at Castle Avenue in 1976.

The Club has been moderately successful in the number of trophies won – a total of 21 Leinster Branch Pennants hang in the Pavilion – of these 4 were won by the 1st XV, the latest being the Leinster Senior Cup in 1999. Clontarf Rugby & Cricket Club is Ireland's national cricket grounds. All international matches are played here.

Clontarf Castle Hotel is also very near to Croke Park Stadium, home of Gaelic Games and Headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). With a prime location Croke Park is steeped in history and has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for many years! History was made in 2007 when Croke Park Stadium hosted international rugby and soccer fixtures from the RBS 6 Nations campaign and the Euro 2008 Qualifying campaign.

Shelbourne Greyhound Stadium

Whether you're a casual passer-by attracted by the roar of the crowd and the electricity in the air, or a corporate organiser looking for something to do Shelbourne Park can supply everything you need to have a great night out. They deliver an outstanding night's entertainment and even if you're not normally a betting person, they assure you that the excitement and anticipation of participation will soon have you captivated.

All are welcome to the stadium, the serious dog-watcher, the after-work crowd; the stadium offers a comfortable and well-organised evening out. Whatever your need, they'll cover it.

Whether you arrive out of the blue or opt for one of our group specials you will receive the best in quality and service, in a special environment which presents all the excitement of the world's leading greyhound stadium in a luxurious, atmospheric setting.

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Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre

This modern purpose built equestrian centre has three large arenas. The centre has 55 stables, in which show jumpers, mares and foals, school horses and ponies and liveries are stabled.
Take the opportunity to ride quality horses and improve your equestrian knowledge and skills. Broadmeadow has horses and ponies that cater for every standard of rider. Located just 15 minutes from Dublin International Airport and 25 minutes from Clontarf Castle.

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All arrangements can be made by our Concierge Team. Please email concierge@clontarfcastle.ie