This is a very popular site for Dubliners and offers a variety of short forest walks, the site is located on Montpelier Hill, overlooking Dublin city.
At the top of the hill sits the foreboding ruin of a hunting lodge as a backdrop to breathtaking views over the Dublin Bay, this is a great palce to take pictures or selfies with the house or Dublin in the background.
There are many legends associated with this place showing the Hellfire house as an object of occult activities and brief appearances of the Devil. The building was, in fact, erected by R.H. Connolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Parliament, as a shooting lodge, about the year 1725. Tradition tells of its occupation by a club of “wild young gentlemen” who used a tavern in Cork Hill (by Dublin Castle) as their meeting place, but were dismissed for bad behaviour hence the name “Hellfire Club”.

The Hell Fire Club car park is situated on the R115 road to Kilakee, about 6.5km south of Rathfarnham.

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Walking trails

Car Parking for 70 cars.

Car park opens at 7am (April to September) and 8am (October to March)

Car park closes at 9pm (April to September) and 5pm (October to March)

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