An ultimate list of great family activities to do in Dublin
Whether you are about to visit Dublin soon or you are currently living in the city, maybe you are looking for great activities to do with your family. We made our researches and thought about our personal experiences to offer you this ultimate list of great places to go and spend a good time with your loved ones.
Epic The Irish Emigration Museum
If you like museums, then you won’t be disappointed by EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum which is the world’s only all digital museum. Get ready for a fully interactive experience which will encourage everyone, even children, to learn more about Irish History and especially The Emigration of Irish people around the world and over time. Book your tickets online to visit the world only all digital museum.
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The Chocolate Warehouse
The Chocolate Warehouse is an original attraction that will meet expectations of young and old. Based in Walkinstown, The Chocolate Warehouse offers different workshops giving knowledge about the making of chocolate but also it offers to learn how to make and decorate your own chocolates. At Easter and Christmas time, Children can even meet Easter Bunny and Santa for an amazing experience. To know more about it, visit their website.
Located a few kilometres away from Dublin, in the little town of Malahide, this 12th Century building has been conserved in its original state and décor which makes this place an interesting one to visit. You can also discover the large gardens behind the castle including an amazing butterfly house and a Fairy Trail.
Dun Laoghaire Habour
Dun Laoghaire is a lovely town located in the south of Dublin. Its pier is ideal to enjoy a little walk by the sea, to relax and to get an ice cream as there is a few excellent ice cream shops nearby. Your children will love it as much as you will.
On the opposite side, in the north of Dublin, you’ll find the charming town of Howth which is known for its promenade leading to a lovely lighthouse and giving amazing views over the cliffs, The Irish Sea and Dublin Bay. You can access to Howth from Dublin’s city centre with the DART in only 30 minutes.
Imaginosity, Dublin’s Children Museum
Imaginosity is an interactive museum dedicated to the children under 9. It is the only museum of its kind in Ireland and it’s a good opportunity for the kids to discover and learn things while they are actually interacting with and other children.
Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin
If you are more interested by Culture and History, Dublinia, a museum located in the city centre of Dublin, is a place where you will learn more about the Viking and the medieval History of the city. Get family tickets here.
Rainforest Adventure Golf
This indoor mini-golf based in Dundrum Town Centre is perfect when you don’t know what to do on a rainy day (for example). It is very spacious and will fit all expectations of children and adults for an enjoyable family time! Visit its website to learn more about it.
Airfield Estate Farm and Gardens
Airfield Estate is a charming working farm in Dundrum, perfect to keep your little ones entertained for the day. It offers different types of activities such as collecting freshly laid eggs, animal feeding, or milking and tasting. So they can learn more about animals but also life at the farm and where the food they eat comes from.
Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre
For those who love swimming, the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown features an indoor Waterpark named AquaZone. The water park is packed with rides and slides for all ages making for a fun-filled day out for the whole family.
Sea Life Bray
Sea Life Bray is an aquarium located in the little town of Bray, a few minutes away from Dublin and accessible by DART. It is a nice location to learn more about sea wild life as the aquarium is populated by several marine species from all over the world!
Viking Splash Tour
The Viking Splash Tour is probably Dublin’s most popular tour. Get on board of the amphibious World War vehicle and discover the most important places of Dublin whether they are related to the History of the city or whether they are related to its cultural side, all in a warm and funny atmosphere! So cool!
There is nothing more cosy and relaxing for you and your family to spend an afternoon at the Cinema, especially when it’s raining outside. There is loads of Cinema in Dublin city centre such as Savoy Cinema located on O’Connell Street but also Cineworld Cinema Dublin on Parnell Street.
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens, in Glasnevin, is another green space in the city where you can relax, surrounded by a large amount of different plants and flowers. During spring and summer time, it is lovely to walk by its flower bed and its stream.
In a city like Dublin, you would never guess there is such a place like this. Located next to Phoenix Park, in Dublin 8, Dublin Zoo is the attraction to spend the day for all wildlife lovers but also it is a very good activity for children as they can see for real the animals they usually see in their books. The zoo features different spaces to get food and drinks, but also a few outdoor play areas for the younger ones. You can get your tickets online or directly at the entrance of the Zoo.
Known as one of the biggest parks of Europe, Phoenix Park allows for a great day walking or biking while appreciating the good benefits of nature. If you are lucky you may see its very special residents during your visit: indeed, the park is populated by a large herd of deer! Pretty cool, isn’t it? Phoenix Park is accessible by foot (for the most courageous ones) but also by bus or by LUAS from the city centre. There is also a car park available next to Dublin Zoo.
St Stephens Green
Also famous, St Stephen’s Green Park is located a few minutes walk from Grafton Street. It is populated by different kinds of birds such as ducks and white swans and when the weather is good, it is the perfect location to bring your lunch or dinner for a family picnic and enjoy it in the grass.
Trinity College is one of the most popular attractions of Dublin, as the university is the oldest of Ireland. It is renowned for its Old Library, home to one of the oldest manuscripts of the Middle Age, The Book of Kells, and The Brian Boru harp, one of the three Gaelic harps remaining.
We hope you enjoyed our selection, Dublin is surely a city where you’ll keep the family entertained.
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