For all that it has more trees and green areas than many parts of Dublin, Ranelagh has few public parks. Ranelagh Gardens lie at the North end of the village, and can be accessed by an arch under the Luas line. Another gate gives onto Chelmsford Road, via a short alley, and a third (not always open) into the housing off Northbrook Avenue. Dartmouth Square is better hidden, but can be accessed via Dartmouth Road, which runs parallel to Northbrook Road.
Mount Pleasant LTC, in the centre of Mount Pleasant Square, provides facilities for Tennis, Squash, Badminton and Table Tennis.
The Ranelagh Arts Festival is set for 28th September to 1st October in 2006, and has fundraising events before that – check the site for details.
There’s a very pleasant walk to be had by the Dodder River as well – from Ranelagh Village, head South down the Sandford Road to Clonskeagh, walk west through the Dodder Park, turn back across the river on the old footbridge at Milltown, and follow the Milltown Road back up to the Sandford Road. More adventurous walkers can go as far West as the Dropping Well Pub, and back North through Rathgar and Rathmines, or even further, to Bushy Park in Terenure.