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Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in Dublin

Are you looking for things to do with kids in Dublin? How spoiled for choice we are as parents in Dublin! Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do with kids in Dublin (in no particular order!)

#1. Dublin Zoo

Visit a world of animals at Dublin Zoo. See the giraffes & zebras in the African plains, elephants in the rainforest, there are monkeys, chimps, tigers, lions and penguins to name just a few of the amazing animals that live in the zoo.

#2. National Museum of Ireland

Three of the National Museum of Ireland are located in Dublin and are all free. There are regular family workshops and events at weekend and during the school holidays.

#3. Viking Splash Tours

Take an unforgettable journey around Dublin by land and water in vintage WWII amphibious vehicles, the Dukws.

Viking Splash Tours is a great way to learn about the history and sites of Dublin City.

A costumed Viking tour guide will lead you on a spellbinding experience through the streets of the city.

The kids will love it!

#4. Dublinia and The Viking World

Continue the Viking theme with a visit to Dublinia and The Viking World, this award winning cultural centre brings to life medieval Dublin in the time of the Vikings.

#5. The Ark

Check out what’s on at The Ark, Europe’s first cultural centre for children, located in Temple Bar. It boasts a great programme of events for kids with lots of activities to promote cultural stimulation from art, music theatre and architecture.

#6. Grafton Street & St Stephen’s Green

Take a stroll up Grafton Street, listen to the buskers and watch the street performers. St Stephen’s Green lies at top of the street. Horse and carriages are available for hire outside the green to tour around the area. The green has beautiful gardens, a large playground and bring some bread for the ducks!

#7. Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle boasts fantastic grounds, super playground and picnic area and is a great spot to explore.

#8. Bus Tour of Dublin

Hop on and off one of the Guided Bus Tours, kids love the open topped buses, and tickets can be used all day, great for seeing all the sights and getting round town.

#9. Lambert Puppet Theatre

Visit the only puppet theatre in Ireland! The famous Lambert Puppet Theatre performs magical stories and fairy tales sure to enchant children of all ages.

#10. Take a Trip on the DART

Travel on the DART along the Dublin coastline, hopping off, wherever takes your fancy. Head North and climb Howth Head and visit the seals at the harbour or travel South, and stroll down Dun Laoghaire Pier with an ice cream.

You might also like Weekend in Dublin, 100 Kid Friendly Restaurants in Ireland, & 100 Rainy Days Places for Kids in Ireland

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched mykidstime.ie in 2007.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi
    Last year I went to the playground in Malahide
    and saw 3 rats trying to access a bin very close to
    the playground. Needless to say we rushed out of there
    and haven’t been back.
    I would be extremely concerned with this especially
    where children or indeed adults are concerned.
    Just thought I’d let you know seen as you have
    mentioned it as one of your top 10 attractions.

    1. Anonymous says:

      That rat issue has been dealt with in Malahide Castle – just wanted to let people know!

  2. Jill Holtz jill@mykidstime.ie says:

    Thanks for letting us know. We hope you contacted Malahide Castle at the time to let them know as that would shock any parent!