Are you looking for activities for teenagers in Dublin? They can be a difficult bunch to please at the best of times! Worry not! Here’s 25 Tremendous Things to do in Dublin with Teens:
Visit Croke Park to see the GAA Museum, take a Croke Park Stadium Tour or brave the heights of the Etihad Skyline. The Croke Park Stadium Tour offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at one of the most historic and modern sporting arenas in the world.
The GAA Museum has a great Hall of Fame – sure to keep your GAA lovers happy!
Walk 44 metres above the ground to take in panoramic views of the Irish capital and find out more about Dublin’s key landmarks on the Etihad Skyline.
#2. National Aquatic Centre
A whole host of exciting features ensures that there is lots of fun and thrills at the National Aquatic Centre, especially at Aquazone, the leisure water section. AquaZone Rides include:
- Master Blaster which blasts riders uphill on jetted water and gravity does the rest. With hair-raising drops and thrilling banked curves, Master Blaster uphill water coasters deliver a rollercoaster-style ride that is a proven hair raiser.
- Flumes including the Dark Hole Ride which is a dark flume ride (not for the faint hearted) and the Green Giant Ride.
- Wave Pool and Lazy River
- Flow Rider offering the fun and excitement of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding in one truly interactive ride.
#3. National Museums of Ireland
In Dublin we are lucky to have 3 National Museums of Ireland on our doorstep so between the 3, your teen must surely find something interesting to look at :).
The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is home to a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of Folklife and costume.
The National Museum of Ireland – Natural History has galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, also geological exhibits form a total collection of about 2 million scientific specimens with a Discovery Zone.
The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and displays artefacts dating from 7000 BC to the 20th century. The Irish archaeology collections include The Treasury, featuring outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art.
Entry to the National Museums of Ireland is free and there are ongoing free events and workshops to enjoy.
#4. Zipit at Tibradden Wood
Zipit Forest Adventures offers up to 4 hours of tree-top, fun-filled, thrilling experiences in a healthy, outdoor setting. At their location in Tibradden Wood in Dublin, you can climb poles and climbing walls, swing into cargo nets, balance on a rope bridge, hurtle down a zipwire.
From beginners to adrenaline junkies, you can have a fun experience with guidance and encouragement from qualified instructors, knowing you are secure in your harness.
#5. Jump Zone
Jump Zone is Ireland’s first indoor trampoline park located in Stillorgan and in Santry, Dublin. It’s the first of its kind sports and entertainment facility, offering a number of trampoline activities including open jumping, Trampoline Dodge ball, and trampoline Aerobics on its wall to wall trampolines.
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#6. The National Gallery
For any art-loving teen, the National Gallery in Merrion Square, Dublin 2 is a must visit to see the collection of Irish and European Art including art by Caravaggio, Canova, Rembrandt, Orpen, Yeats and le Brocquy.
Admission is Free. The Gallery is open 7 days a week, with late opening on Thursdays.
There’s also a ‘Masterpieces’ app, which provides content on 80 of the Gallery’s top paintings, available to download for free for Apple and android devices.
#7. Kilmainham Gaol
Visit Ireland’s largest unoccupied gaol, Kilmainham Gaol. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. Such names as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, leaders of the 1916 Rising and DeValera are associated with the Gaol. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show.
Viking Splash Tours is Ireland’s only tour company that shows you the sights of Dublin on both land and water, without having to leave the vehicle!
Take a trip with them on their World War II amphibious DUKWS as they bring you on a fun filled tour through the streets of the capital with engaging Viking captains, before splashing down in Grand Canal Dock!
If you’ve a history buff or budding archaeologist on your hands, then Dublinia is sure to appeal. Travel back to Viking and Medieval Dublin, and witness the sights, sounds and smells and unearth the city’s archaeology in the History Hunters exhibition.
And if you’ve a head for heights, Dublinia’s late seventeenth century viewing tower called St Michael’s Tower and belonged to the church of St Michael the Archangel, which once stood at the site now occupied by Dublinia, the Synod Hall. This medieval tower has 96 steps leading to a panoramic view of Dublin. Access to the viewing tower is weather permitting.
#10. The Crypt at Christchurch
You can also get a combined ticket with a visit to Dublinia that allows you to visit Christchurch Cathedral and stop by to explore the medieval crypt which is one of the largest in Britain & Ireland, and the earliest surviving structure in the city. Be sure to visit the ‘Cat & the Rat’, a mummified cat & rat amongst the most unusual inhabitants of the crypt, but also the most popular. Mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans wake, they are known locally as ‘Tom & Jerry.’
The crypt also houses fascinating memorials, The Treasury, an audio visual presentation, the cathedral shop and the Cathedral Café.
#11. Wax Museum Plus
Who wants to get a selfie with 1D? Head for National Wax Museum Plus which presents a snap shot of Irish cultural heritage but with a very modern twist!
Visitors to the museum are taken on a journey through Irish history, Ireland’s only dedicated tribute to our top scientific inventors, a Green screen video room, a recording studio and all the exceptional life-like wax work characters you can expect at the national museum.
If modern art is more up your teen’s street, then the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is home to the National Collection of modern and contemporary art, with over 3,500 artworks by Irish and International artists.
Admission is free.
You might also enjoy catching some contemporary art at Hugh Lane Gallery.
#13. The Science Gallery
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2 is a world first. A new type of venue where today’s white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say. Events and exhibitions change regularly with many suitable for future scientists!
Makeshop at The Science Gallery is a collaborative workshop space where you can learn everything from cross stitching to diy robotics to origami to 3D printing.
Admission is free.
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#14. Butlers Chocolate Experience
Most teens I know are a bit mad for the old chocolate. If they have ever wondered what really goes on behind the doors of a chocolate factory or had a hankering to be a bit Willy Wonka-ish why not send them off for a visit to Butlers Chocolate Experience to find out.
(NB Book your visit online and save 10%.)
Leisureplex have 4 venues in Dublin: Coolock, Stillorgan, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. Each entertainment centre offers Bowling, Quasar, & Pool/Snooker.
Leisureplex Coolock also has an indoor Ice Skating Rink.
#16. Shackleton Endurance Exhibition, Dublin
Visit the Shackleton Endurance exhibition in Dún Laoghaire Harbour for a taste of their epic adventure. For almost two years, no one knew where they were or if they were alive. The 28 men on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-17 Trans-Antarctic expedition endured freezing temperatures, the loss of their ship and a rescue mission that faced impossible odds.
Their survival was a triumph of hope and faith in an inspired leader. Learn about the most extraordinary maritime rescue in history. The story of the Endurance Expedition is told through Frank Hurley’s photographs, unique video footage, a life size replica of the rescue boat the James Caird and much more.
Read about our visit to the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition
#17. Dublin Cinemas
Who doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?
Many Dublin Cinemas have discounted movie screenings on early showings.
See what’s on at some of the following North Dublin Cinemas: Omniplex Balbriggan, Odeon Blanchardstown & Coolock, Movies @ Swords, Cineworld Parnell St, IMC Santry, Light House Cinema, Odeon Point Village, Savoy Cinema O’Connell St & Screen Cinema D’olier St.
& South Dublin cinemas: IMC Tallaght, Vue Liffey Valley, Odeon Stillorgan, IMC Dun Laoghaire, IFI Irish Film Institute, Omniplex Rathmines, Swan SC or Movies @ Dundrum.
#18. Awesome Walls Climbing Centre
Awesome Walls is one of the largest and most modern indoor climbing centres in Europe, suitable for 6 to 16 year olds.
Enjoy 2 hours rock climbing with an experienced instructor and meet new friends.
#19. National Botanic Gardens
If your teen is interested in plants, or even birds or insects, The National Botanic Gardens have a great programme of events.
#20. Dundrum Town Centre
Your teen will definitely enjoy Ireland’s largest shopping centre, Dundrum Town Centre, with over 100 stores and popular teen brands such as Hollister, SuperDry and H&M and of course Penney’s.
Plenty of eating options too with over 40 restaurants and cafes. The centre is served by the Luas green line.
#21. Rainforest Adventure Golf
Rainforest Adventure Golf at Dundrum is the only themed indoor mini golf venue of its kind in Ireland, and you can plan whatever the weather. They have two 18-hole South American themed crazy golf courses “deep within the rainforest”.
#22. Giddy Studios
Pottery Painting at Giddy Studios in Dundrum town centre is in a comfortable art studio. They have designed a space specifically with teenagers in mind, set up like a cafe.
It is a perfect place to spend time together catching up with your friends, having a nice coffee and exploring whether you might have an artistic edge! Drinks and snacks also available.
#23. Trinity College
Get a feel for what it’s like to be a student by having a wander around Trinity College, one of Ireland’s oldest Universities.
Most people are aware that The Book of Kells is there to visit at Trinity but did you know there is a Zoological Museum with over 25,000 specimens of animals from Ireland and abroad?
A small admission fee applies.
#24. Xtreme.ie @ Courtlough
Xtreme.Ie At Courtlough Adventure Centre is one of Ireland’s largest multi activity centre for all age groups.
Activities include High ropes, Archery, Off Road Buggies, Paintball, Zip Lines and much more.
#25. Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio
Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio is located in the Martello Tower in Howth and houses a fine collection of exhibits chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s to date. There are many examples of early Morse equipment, gramophones, crystal sets, valve radios and other pieces of equipment.
Pat Herbert, the curator is always happy to demonstrate some of the many working exhibits.
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