Saturday Afternoon at the Marlay Park Food Market in Dublin

Walled Garden at Marlay Park
Marlay Park in Rathfarmham is about a 15 minute ride from Dublin City Centre but makes you feel like you're a world away.  We made an excursion to Marlay Park on a Saturday over the summer to check out the food market and get a bit of a walk.  We were dropped off at an ornate gate marking the entrance to the park.
Entrance to Marlay House
We soon arrived at a courtyard behind Marlay House where numerous food vendors were selling their wares.
Marlay Park Saturday Food Market
We decided to hold off on eating for a while and took a walk around the Marlay Park.  We caught a glimpse of the Wicklow Mountains in the distance.
Wicklow Mountains Viewed from Marlay Park
We walked across the lush demesne and looked back at the Marlay House.  A big screen was set up on the lawn as there were outdoor movie showings scheduled for that afternoon.
Movie Screen at Marlay House in Dublin
We hiked along the path around the edge of Marlay Park and spotted this excited statue.
Excited statue at Marlay Park in Dublin
Marlay House generally remained in view and was a good point of reference so we wouldn't get lost in this expansive park on the outskirts of Dublin.
Marlay House in Dublin
A small lake runs through the center of Marlay Park.  This dog got into a bit of trouble when he jumped into the water to try and catch some ducks.  His owners had to haul him back up onto the deck - it was no easy feat.
Pulling a dog from the water at Marlay Park
The scene was a bit more peaceful just a short distance on with ducks swimming serenely on the lake.
Marlay House viewed from Marlay Park Lake
Ducks in Marlay Park
As always, Marlay House was a useful point of reference.
Marlay House and Marlay Park Lake in Dublin
We saw a sign for the Regency Walled Gardens and pointed ourselves in that direction.  We were rewarded with this idyllic scene.
Regency Walled Garden at Marlay House
walled garden in Marlay Park
We passed under an arch into a less colorful but more functional part of the walled garden.
Arch inside the walled garden at Marlay Park in Dublin
An archway over the path supported both apple and pear plants.
Trellis supporting apple and pear plants in the walled garden in Marlay Park
Apple plants in the walled garden in Marlay Park
Pear plant in the walled garden at Marlay Park
We spotted this small pastel house in a corner of Marlay Park's walled garden and went in for a closer look.
Pastel chicken coop and rooster in the walled garden at Marlay Park
The fanciest rooster I've ever seen was cock-of-the-walk here.  Such a striking bird!
Rooster in Dublin's Marlay Park
We crossed back into the ornamental part of the garden and spotted this lovely butterfly posing on a purple flower.
Butterfly on a flower in Marlay Park in Dublin
A small fountain served as a centerpiece for this part of Marlay Park's walled garden.
Fountain in Marlay Park in Dublin
Other slightly overgrown fountains sat along the side walls and added charm to the walled garden.
Fountain in Marlay Park in Dublin
We were surrounded by riotous flowers lining the wall.
Flowers in Marlay Park in Dublin
On the way out of the walled garden, we passed a small cafe.  The biggest surprise was seeing a peacock begging for something to eat at the tables.  This man was being quite protective of his lunch but that didn't stop this pretty fellow from trying to get his way.
Peacock in Marlay Park in Dublin
We finished our afternoon day trip to Marlay Park with a well earned snack at the Marlay Park food market.  We sampled Pork and Leek perogi from P for Perogi.
Pierogi menu at the Marlay Park food market in Dublin
The perogi were freshly made on site in Marlay Park and were worth the 5 minute wait to be served.
Pierogis at the Marlay Park food market in Dublin
Pierogis at the Marlay Park food market in Dublin
We sat on a bench to enjoy our perogies and some 'Amaze-balls' (rolled oat treats) that we bought from another vendor at the food market.
Pierogis and Amaze-balls at the Marlay Park food market in Dublin
Marlay Park is a bit off the beaten path in Dublin but is worth a look on a Saturday afternoon if the sun is shining.

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Sidewalk Safari: Saturday Afternoon at the Marlay Park Food Market in Dublin
Saturday Afternoon at the Marlay Park Food Market in Dublin
Spend Saturday afternoon at the food market in Marlay Park on the outskirts of Dublin. A photo-rich post written by Dublin-based travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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