You will find a large number of public and privately operated gyms all over Dublin. The larger gyms tend to be located on the outskirts, in residential or industrial areas. In terms of facilities and ambience there is a wide range of gyms available, from very basic to brand new and swanky.
Gym Prices In Dublin
Gyms in Dublin typically charge an annual membership fee of between €600 and €1,000. Some gyms will also ask for an additional joining fee. Many larger employers in Dublin offer gym membership discounts among their perks for employees. If you are not here for a full year, you may be able to trade with a colleague at work and sell your membership on or acquire that of somebody who’s leaving early. If you are an occasional gym user, then Dublin’s public gyms provide a good alternative to membership gyms. Dublin City Council operates eight public gyms which you can visit on a pay-as-you-go basis. A workout at a public gym will typically cost €5.00-€7.00 per hour. The YMCA runs two pay-as-you-go gyms, one in the city centre and one in Sandymount.
Dublin City Pay-As-You-Go Gyms
Dublin City Council manages eight public gyms which do not require a membership and charge on a per-hour basis. If you are planning frequent visits to the gym, you can acquire an annual membership for about €360 which brings the cost per visit down considerably. Pay as you go gyms near the city centre are the Mankievicz Leisure Centre on Townsend Street and the Irishtown Stadium near the new office and apartment buildings at Grand Canal Dock. Dublin City Council currently offers six other gym facilities at the following locations: Ballymun Leisure Centre and Finglas Leisure Centre on the Northside and Ballyfermot Leisure Centre, Donore Avenue Centre and St Catherine’s Community Centre on the Southside.
YMCA Pay-As-You-Go Gyms
There are two YMCA gyms in Dublin, one on Aungier Street and one on Claremont Road in Sandymount. The YMCA charges for its gym facilities on a per-visit basis. The current prices are €8.00 off-peak and €9.00 during peak times at Street and €5.00 per visit at all times in Sandymount. The YMCA also offers gym membership on a monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annual basis. An annual membership costs €320 at present.
Crunch pitches itself at the lifestyle market, aiming to inject a bit of bling into the décor of its premises. The chain operates gyms on four locations in Dublin: One on Aston Quay in Temple Bar, one at the Belfield Campus of University College Dublin (UCD), one in the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire and one at The Square shopping centre in Tallaght.
The chain of women’s-only fitness centres operates some 21 gyms all over Dublin. Locations include popular residential areas like Blackrock, Clontarf, Malahide, Dundrum, Sandyford, Terenure, Rathfarnham, Donnybrook and more.
Dublin City University (DCU)
Dublin City University manages large, modern facilities on its campus which are open to students and the general public alike. The extensive fitness complex contains a 5-lane, 25 metres swimming pool, a large climbing wall and 2 squash courts among other facilities. DCU charges non-students €100 joining fee and €495 gym membership for the year. DCU students pay only €250 and no joining fee. There are discounted rates available for DCU alumni.
Total Fitness operates three large, family-oriented fitness complexes with swimming pools on the outskirts of Dublin. You can find Total Fitness Malahide Road, Sandyford and Castleknock.
Westwood has three gyms in Dublin, with its flagship gym located on Clontarf Road, 15 minutes from the city centre with the DART local railway and close to Eastpoint Business Park. The other two Westwood gyms are on the grounds of the Leopardstown racecourse and on St John’s Road in Sandymount. The premises are fairly large, Clontarf Road boasts Ireland’s first 50 metres swimming pool and both Clontarf and Leopardstown have extensive indoor tennis facilities.
Westpark is a fairly recent €10 million fitness complex on Greenhills Road between the M50 motorway and Tallaght town centre. There is an outdoors running track behind the complex. Westpark also offers a swimming pool and separate ladies-only areas in the gym. The gym is currently offering a ten day trial for €10.00.