Massy’s Estate is one of the most popular amenities around Dublin because of its visual and recreational value. It offers great views of flora, wildlife, tree species and heritage features belonging to the estate. The major forest road goes around the wood and it is called the Nature Trail.
A magnificent mansion once stood on this site and the remains of garden walls are still visible today. In the late 1930s, the Director of Forestry in Ireland, a German forester, Otto Reinard, laid out this area as an urban forest. A variety of European, American and Asian tree species was planted creating a perfect environment for many plants and animals.
Things to do
Walk: There is a lovely looped walking trail in the wood. The Nature Trail (1.5kms, 45mins, easy) is a gentle stroll through the forest taking in all the old trees that belonged to the estate and also some of the old heritage features along the way, walled garden, bridges, saw mill ruins and ice house
Permanent Orienteering: Massy’s has 3 permanent orienteering courses, Short (1.8 km), Medium (2.2 km) and Long (2.1 km)
Don’t miss our hidden gem
The ruins of the old walled gardens and numerous other cultural features belonging to the old estate..
Visitors Facilities on site
Car Parking is serviced by the Hell Fire Club car park across the road.
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)