25 Tremendous Things To Do in Dublin with Teens

Jill Holtz

January 22, 2015

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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:
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#1. Croke Park

unusual party ideas and venues Croke ParkVisit Croke Park to see the GAA Museum, take a Croke Park Stadium Tour or brave the heights of the Ericsson 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. You’ll learn both small, quirky insights and about how the stadium has played a part in some of the defining moments in Irish history. €14 for adults and €9 for children (under three’s go free).

The GAA Museum has a great Hall of Fame – sure to keep your GAA lovers happy! When you’ve seen the exhibitions, you can try out the Interactive Games Zone. €7 for adults and €5 for children.

Walk 17-storeys above the ground to take in panoramic views of the Irish capital and find out more about Dublin’s key landmarks on the Ericsson Skyline. Located right in the heart of the city, this is Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform. €20 for adults and €12 for children.

#2. Leisureplex Dublin

Teens at Leisureplex

Leisureplex is the perfect hangout spot for teens, with loads to do.

Does your teen fancy themselves as a bit of a pro at Call of Duty or Fortnite? Well, they can prove it to their mates by taking the Top Gun crown in Quasar! Perfect for teens looking for something a bit more active. Take your mates down in an epic battle, with cool battlepacks and laser blasters in the fully-UV battle arenas at a Leisureplex near you.

Or how about a game of bowling? Bowling is great for chilling with your mates, having the chats while having a bit of fun as well.

They also have an awesome Mix-It Combo Deal, which includes both a game of Bowling and a game of Quasar! Weekday price is €6.00 and it’s €7.00 on weekends.

Find a Leisureplex centre near you.

#3. Round Tower Clondalkin

Visit one of the last 4 remaining Round Towers in South County Dublin, the Round Tower, Brú Chronáin, Clondalkin. At the Visitor Centre, they bring the story of the Tower and the surrounding area to life through an exciting interactive experience. It covers 8 different spaces and explores the monastic setting, the Vikings, the 19th and 20th Century setting of Clondalkin. There are public gardens, an exhibition and gallery space and then if you’re hungry after all that, there’s The Happy Pear onsite café.

The Round Tower is completely free to visit and it’s close to public transport including Dublin Bus and the Red Luas line. Open daily.

Nearby is the beautiful Corkagh Park with sports facilities, walking/jogging, orienteering, cycle track, fishing and picnic area.

#4. 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 amazing indoor water park. AquaZone rides include:

  • Master Blaster which blasts riders uphill on jetted water and gravity does the rest. With big 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.
  • In the Wave Pool, you can let the waves come towards you and lift you up!
  • Lazy River allows you to float around at two miles an hour.
  • Flow Rider offering the fun and excitement of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding in one truly interactive ride.

#5. National Museums of Ireland

NMI Natural History Museum What's for Dinner Skulls

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.

#6. Zipit at Tibradden Wood

zipitwallclimbingarielZipit 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.

#7. Jump Zone

Jump Zone is Ireland’s first indoor trampoline park located in Sandyford 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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#8. 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.

#9. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol Entrance

Visit the museum of 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, DeValera and other leaders of the 1916 Rising 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.

#10. Viking Splashviking splash

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! You can experience a thrilling 75 minute tour around the main sights and scenes of historic Dublin City.

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! Ticket prices for children range from €11.05 to €15.00.

#11. Dublinia

Dublinia best museums in Ireland

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. €6.50 for a child ticket and €10.00 for an adult.

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.

#12. The Crypt at Christchurch

crypt at christchurch mythical places to visit in Ireland

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 who are 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.

#13. Wax Museum Plus

Who wants to solve a murder mystery? 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.

#14. IMMA

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.

#15. The Science Gallery

science gallery dublinThe 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! Admission is free.

You might find our STEM Careers article useful!

#16. 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. You can also unleash your competitive chocolate spirit and decorate your own chocolate figure!

(N.B. Book your visit online and save 10%.)

#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 Square
  • Savoy Cinema O’Connell St
  • Screen Cinema D’olier St.

South Dublin cinemas

  • IMC Cinema Carlow
  • Vue Cinema Liffey Valley
  • Odeon Stillorgan
  • IMC Dun Laoghaire
  • IFI Irish Film Institute
  • Omniplex Rathmines
  • Movies @ Dundrum

#18. Awesome Walls Climbing Centre

awesome wallsAwesome Walls in Kildonan is one of the largest and most modern indoor climbing centres in Europe, suitable for 6 to 16 year olds. They have over 2000 square metres of dedicated climbing surface and 250 different climbing routes.

Enjoy 2 hours rock climbing with an experienced instructor and meet new friends. They also have shower facilities and a cafe.

#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. Located in Glasnevin, just three kilometres outside of Dublin city centre, the gardens contain important collections of plant species. Entry is free. Relax with a coffee afterwards in the Garden Tearoom and enjoy the beautiful views over the gardens.

#20. Dundrum Town Centre

Your teen will definitely enjoy Ireland’s largest shopping centre, Dundrum Town Centre, with 160 stores and popular teen brands such as Hollister, SuperDry and H&M – and of course, what shopping trip would be complete without Penney’s?

There are 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”. They also have a cafe and a mini arcade. Suitable for all ages and skill levels. It costs 8.75 for 15 and under and for an adult, it’s €9.85.

#22. Giddy Studios

Pottery Painting at Giddy Studios in Dundrum Town Centre is in a friendly, comfortable art studio where you can get creative painting your own pottery. 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 are also available.

#23. Trinity College

Book of Kells Mythical places to visit in Ireland

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!

If your teen is into history, they’ll definitely enjoy seeing the famous 9th century manuscript, the Book of Kells. Also check out the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, that houses 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books.

Most people are aware that The Book of Kells is there to visit at Trinity, but did you know there is also Zoological Museum with over 25,000 specimens of animals from Ireland and abroad? A small admission fee applies.

#24. Xtreme.ie @ Courtlough

Why not try something that will get the adrenaline pumping? Xtreme.Ie At Courtlough Adventure Centre is one of Ireland’s largest multi activity centre for all age groups. Activities include High ropes, Archery, 4×4 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. Adult admission is €5 and children are free. 

Looking for more ideas?  Check out our article with 50 Things for your Teen to do this Summer.

Do you have a favourite place to go in Dublin with teenagers and older kids? Share it in the comments below.

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Published On: January 22nd, 2015 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: March 19th, 2021 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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