The Paddocks Riding Centre
The Paddocks Riding Centre
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  • Suzanne Hicks Stewart
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Paddocks Riding School
    My daughter has just completed her 1st week of Pony Camp. It was the best week of her life. She enjoyed every minute of the whole experience. Not only did her riding improve, she learned about Stable Management, feeding, grooming, safety, and lots more besides. The Paddocks team are totally dedicated and professional at all times. They are what makes it such an amazing experience I would highly recommend The Paddocks. We can't wait to get going with livery when we get back from holidays. Thanks to all the team. Suzanne.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • S N
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely location in the mountains & excellent lessons.
    The paddocks is in an excellent location in the mountains. The view is amazing but what impressed me even more were the beautiful horses happily grazing beside deer and foxes. A huge thanks to Denise, hannah and all the team for excellent lessons and a warm welcome. Thank you.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Brooke F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific Trek!
    Amazing experience on the 2 hour trek up the Ticknock Mountains! We had two lovely girls Sophie and Serena as our guides, the girls made the experience even more enjoyable by being so kind and considerate. They’re a credit to the centre! Will definitely be coming back for lessons in the future :)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Roshan Bhandari
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horse Riding in the Wicklow Mountains
    Our daughter (age 8) and son (age 12) are keen riders and we were looking for a riding school as we’d just moved to Dublin. Nestled in the hills above Dublin at the start of the Wicklow mountains we found The Paddocks Riding Centre. It was everything we were looking for… run by a professional and passionate team they really look after the kids. The instructors are very good… careful but yet push the kids to what they are capable of. They’ve come on in leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. Special mention to Gina who’s been amazing with the kids. The facilities are top notch with great stables and multiple arenas… they can take the kids from basics to jumping with no problems. They even have a shop where one can get kitted out with riding gear… we got riding vests and helmets for the kids at very reasonable prices. We have yet to try out their day trails and camps but we will do so when we get the time. All in all we are very happy with the place and cannot recommend it highly enough. P.S. the place is so close to nature we see deers and hares every time we go there… kids love it…
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Suzanne Hicks Stewart
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Paddocks Riding School, beach ride 🐴🧲
    My daughter did a beach ride with the Paddock's riding stables. The whole experience was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. It was our 1st time to experience anything like this. We will definitely be doing this again. The Paddock's crew are so easy to deal with, professional, they go above and beyond to make the day very special. We will have amazing memories. I would highly recommend this to all levels of riders. It's something we won't forget. Can't wait for the next Paddock's outing.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Vika Pak
    Moscow, Russia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional Instruction and Well-Being of Horses
    I had a fantastic experience at the horse riding center during my first lesson. The staff provided us with proper footwear and helmets, ensuring our safety. They were very thorough in explaining and teaching us how to maintain balance in the saddle. I was also impressed with the excellent condition of the horses. They appeared well-cared for and healthy, which made me feel even more confident and excited about the lesson. I am eagerly looking forward to the upcoming trail ride.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Cola
    Phuket, Thailand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommend - educational, fun, and with the added bonus of 360 panoramic views of Dublin City
    Thrilled with our experience at The Paddocks! The staff, when booking were incredibly accommodating and patient, ensuring my young child had a delightful first riding encounter. Particularly Sophie (a professional instructor) who’s wealth of knowledge and experience shone through, as she engaged my daughter in educational conversations, going the extra mile to tap into her imagination by spotting imaginary fairies in the forest. The day was a magical blend of education, fun, and with the added bonus of a 360 panoramic views of Dublin City Moreover, the journey to The Paddocks was effortlessly straightforward, and complemented the overall positive experience, ensuring accessibility and enjoyment throughout. Thank you, Paddocks, for a delightful adventure and for creating such a memorable day! We look forward to returning soon
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 11, 2023
  • RoAust
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful hour in the Dublin Mtns!
    We had such a wonderful time at “Pony Play” with Ciara our instructor. My 4 yo absolutely LOVED her time with “Buscuit”. Ciara’s care and attention made our 1st time pony riding a huge success. Already booked in for another session next week!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2024
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cibeag
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Our daughter, 6, attends one to one lessons here and loves it! Since we began, her confidence and skill development has thrived! She can now ride independently and with confidence! The teachers here are fantastic and really love to share their knowledge and love of horses with the children. Not only are the children taught to ride but more importantly they are taught to care for the horses and the importance of animal welfare. I would highly recommend The Paddocks to anyone interested in horse riding in a safe and friendly environment.
Written March 20, 2021
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Kevin M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I booked a rather short-notice, unplanned trip that happened to cover New Years as well as her birthday. She decided that she wanted to go horse riding for her B-day, so we called Paddocks after seeing all the great reviews. They were able to schedule us for a two-hour ride out with only a day’s notice. The entire staff was great, but our guide, Donal, was exceptional. I am scared of horses (or anything that large and strong with its own brain), but Donal put me as ease immediately and my horse (Pluto) was great as well; my wife rode Amber.

The scenery was amazing from the woods to the hills, and the overlook of the city and the sea, all of it was breathtaking. We had a great time and it was worth every last euro.

Thank you Paddocks, and Donal, for an experience we will never forget.
Written January 4, 2020
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Sandy1038
Dublin, Ireland89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Two of my children started out going to some summer pony camps two years ago, which they loved. They had lessons, ride outs up the mountain and grooming / stable management. The highlight of the week is the show at the end where they all compete. Lots of others from the yard come to cheer them on. They moved on to weekly lessons last September. The instructors and leaders are very good and I can really see their progress. There is a friendly atmosphere and the children are encouraged to care about the ponies that they ride. They can also participate in shows and outings, like beach rides from time to time. My children love it there. They cater for all levels and ages, but my experience is with children from 9 - 12 years. Whenever I am collecting them I'm tempted to try a lesson myself!
Written June 28, 2020
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Irishtouristgal
Ireland39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
We booked the Paddocks and it was our first time to go horse riding together as a family with our kids who are 9 and 12.

The staff were wonderful and put us at ease immediately. The horses and ponies were great Blondie, Ace, Pluto and Copper and we really enjoyed learning about them as we went. It took about an hour and you are given all the equipment and you are accompanied the entire time which was great and reassuring for us beginners.

With beautiful views over the whole of Dublin and a gorgeous walk through the forest I would highly recommend this riding centre. It was lovely to get out and do something different in lockdown and would love to go again soon.
Written November 29, 2020
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isabel m
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
The paddocks is by far the best yard i’ve ridden at in dublin ! I started riding there a year ago after taking a break from riding and I have progressed so much. The horses and ponies are so fabulous and sweet and they are so well looked after.

The staff are are all extremely helpful and friendly. The instructors give you so much confidence and they have lots of lessons that cater for all ages and experience levels. You can also get half livery on a horse which is a great experience that lets you bond and progress with the horse !

I’d recommend the Paddocks for people of all ages as they have a wide variety of horses and amazing facilities. They also offer ride outs in the mountains that are extremely scenic and relaxing !
Written June 16, 2021
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Madison B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My fiancee ADORES horses and really wanted a chance to ride during our visit to Dublin. We found The Paddocks online while in Dublin and gave them a call to book an hour-long ride. They were extremely helpful and accommodating on the phone, also reassuring us that our lack of experience would not at all be a problem. The Centre was only a short cab ride from our hotel and when we arrived, we were blown away by the beautiful scenery. Our ride was wonderful; we both felt very comfortable and safe while enjoying the beautiful woods of the Dublin Mountains and chatting with our instructor Niamh. We really appreciated Niamh's friendliness and knowledge; she was FANTASTIC! I would reccomend the Paddocks to anyone visiting the Dublin area who loves adventure, nature and an overall very fun experience.
Written January 22, 2020
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Roshan Bhandari
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Our daughter (age 8) and son (age 12) are keen riders and we were looking for a riding school as we’d just moved to Dublin. Nestled in the hills above Dublin at the start of the Wicklow mountains we found The Paddocks Riding Centre. It was everything we were looking for… run by a professional and passionate team they really look after the kids.

The instructors are very good… careful but yet push the kids to what they are capable of. They’ve come on in leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. Special mention to Gina who’s been amazing with the kids.

The facilities are top notch with great stables and multiple arenas… they can take the kids from basics to jumping with no problems. They even have a shop where one can get kitted out with riding gear… we got riding vests and helmets for the kids at very reasonable prices.

We have yet to try out their day trails and camps but we will do so when we get the time. All in all we are very happy with the place and cannot recommend it highly enough.

P.S. the place is so close to nature we see deers and hares every time we go there… kids love it…
Written October 4, 2023
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Ingrid
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
This place is amazing. The staff are all so nice and professional, and the horses are just adorable. I would recommend the paddocks for all levels of experience, from never being on a horse before to top level. The people who ride here are also very nice and its a great community feeling. If you are looking for a place to start riding or even just go up the beautiful Dublin mountain one weekend, this is the place to go.
Written March 21, 2020
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Tiredmum2014
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My child has just had a fantastic two weeks at The Paddocks Summer Camp. Thank you so much to the instructors who were full of jokes, good humour and made everything so much fun. It was a super introduction to horses and along with riding lessons, everyone learned a huge amount about nutrition, diet and healthcare. My child couldn't wait to go back every day and is so looking forward to the next time the camps are on. I was full of admiration for the instructors who effortlessly managed both ponies and children at once, and put so much skill, patience and enthusiasm into their work.
Something that was also lovely to see was the great opportunity for children to make friends, with everyone cheering each other on at the final show at the end of the week. Well done to everyone and thanks so much for making it such a wonderful experience! :)
Written August 14, 2020
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kai
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Had great experiences with two kids 6 and 8 doing group beginner lessons. Ms. 8 got scared in her first lesson after a fall and the teacher kept her behind at the end of the class and helped her get back on, walked around, spent a good 10 minutes just talking her through it, told her "You can be both brave and scared at the same time." They've just finished 10 lessons and are both happy and getting more confident on the horses.

Denise (manages the place) has been very responsive to questions, asks after how the kids are getting on, and was very helpful getting them fitted for boots and helmets we bought there. Highly recommended!
Written July 23, 2021
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