Dublinia, Dublin 8
Take a trip to one of Dublin’s best museums with a unique viking and medieval experience. Be whisked away in time, meet the Vikings face to face and learn all about life during the Medieval period in Dublin.
While you’re at Dublinia, you can explore History Hunter, climb St. Michael’s tower and catch a glimpse of a modern city from the Medieval tower.
King John’s Castle, Limerick
Let them make their own adventures running through the courtyards and exploring the forts!
The King John’s Castle visitor experience includes an interactive exhibition, battlements and an enhanced courtyard.
Strokestown Park, House & Gardens and The National Famine Way, Roscommon
The National Famine Museum Archive Explorers Guide is perfect for visitors both young and old to learn more about this dark period in Irish history, in the state of the art National Famine Museum. From original documents and archives to interactive visual and audio displays the story of the great famine is brought to life in a truly immersive way.
Inside Strokestown House you will find the schoolroom, playroom, bedrooms, kitchens and get a real glimpse into how life was lived in days gone by. Children in particular will enjoy exploring the house and all the rooms inside. There are guided tours daily so you can get the most out of your visit to the house.
If you still have energy after exploring Strokestown Park, you can take a stroll or cycle along The National Famine Way Walk. The outdoor, immersive trail commemorates the journey which was made by 1,490 people from Roscommon to Dublin during the height of the Famine in 1847. It covers 167kms and is digitally and physically way-marked. It is best undertaken in stages.
You can track your progress with the National Famine Way Passport with includes lots of information, an OSI map which highlights local history, cultural landmarks and amenities along the route and you will receive a personalised ticket which names one of the family groups who walked the trail in 1847, so you can truly follow in their footsteps.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare
Go back in time with a visit to one of the most well-known castles in Ireland, Bunratty Castle in County Clare which was built in 1425. Complete with its own authentic medieval fortress, folk park with homes from the past for you to visit and see how people lived in the past, walled garden and fairy village.
At the fairy village, let the little ones explore the miniature Bunratty Castle and mini replicas of the houses that surround the folk park. There’s also a willow tunnel and willow hut in the surroundings of the magical forest trail.
An array of animals live at Bunratty who would love a visit, including donkeys, sheep, ponies, deer, goats, peacocks and ducks. Then spend some time at the Folk Park enjoying the village street complete with school, doctor’s house, pub and shops.
EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin
Witnessing the history and culture housed here is an interactive and entertaining day for the whole family – and a must-see experience.
A visit to the Irish Emigration Museum is not only educational, but it’s fully equipped with easy-to-use technology and filled with memorable stories. Look into the past and discover the story of the 10 million who left Ireland once upon a time.
Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle, Wexford
The Irish Agricultural Museum is housed within the grounds of Johnstown Castle and displays one of the most comprehensive collections showcasing farming and rural life in Ireland with everything from tractors to kitchens! Visitors can:
- Admire the large collection of beautifully restored tractors, carts, ploughs, threshing machines, stationary engines and dairy equipment
- See recreated workshops of traditional trades including blacksmith, cooper and wheelwright
- Learn about ‘The Great Famine’ through an exhibition which vividly reveals what life was like before, during and after the famine
- Discover the chequered history of Johnstown Castle and its estate
- Enjoy the largest display of Irish country furniture
- Compare farmhouse kitchens through the ages
- Take part in quizzes and trails (suitable for children)