The Nightmare Realm scream park opens at Dublin’s City Market!

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Get ready for fear and fun as The Nightmare Realm opened its doors this weekend at the 130-year-old Victorian City Market building on Mary’s Lane.

Crowned the ‘Best Scream Park in Europe’ earlier this year at the European Scare Awards, The Nightmare Realm is must this October, whether you laugh or scream your way through the event.

The immersive experience lands you inside an expanded Victorian-themed Halloween Town, a festival village where Halloween is celebrated every day. 

Featuring street theatre,  stage dancers, circus performers, a temporary tattoo parlour, a food court with werewolf burgers, black icecream and more, and scenes with memorable and shady characters, you can chill (or be chilled) here at your own pace!  

Molly Mahem, Daisy and Karl and Sylvia O’Connor at the launch of The Nightmare Realm which takes place at Dublin’s City Market on Mary’s Lane for the month of October. The new ‘Night Terrors’ theme features 5 terrifying new scare mazes, secret rooms and a bigger Halloween town festival zone

You’ll be glad of this ‘break’ as you catch your breath after exploring each of the 5 new haunt mazes – Sundown Manor, BioX1ne Laboratories, The Shriekers, Death Row 2: Shank Season and Dead Carnival. 

Each maze that you choose to brave boasts highly detailed sets, elaborate animatronics, award nominated costumes, makeup and special effects, as well as digitally projected visuals to enhance storytelling.  There are also more secret rooms along the way, which you may or may not come across, making each experience unique. And all the mazes are included in your ticket price!

The scream park also features an expanded museum of horrors where all your childhood monsters await your Halloween selfie! Or Visit Fanta’s Haunted Mansion luring the gutsy and the gutless. There, guests have to survive the spine-chilling quarters of rat and leech collectors, Amelia and Edgar, if they are to grasp a complimentary can of Fanta Zero from the depths of their hosts’ gruesome kitchen.

Daisy and Botox at the launch of The Nightmare Realm which takes place at Dublin’s City Market on Mary’s Lane for the month of October.

Due to the frightening nature of the attractions, the age recommendation is 13+.  The City Market, at Mary’s Lane, Dublin 7 (also known as the Fruit and Vegetable Market) is easily accessible – just a one-minute walk from the Fourcourts Luas stop or a two-minute walk from Henry Street.

The Nightmare Realm runs on selected nights until the 3rd November. 

Tickets, which are priced from €22 to €36 (depending on the ticket type and day) include all 5 mazes and entry to Halloween Town, are on sale at  There’s also a new Stay and Scare package with StayCity Aparthotels. 

Be warned, this event sells out quickly

Pictures Julien Behal

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