Kids are expensive we think you’ll all agree. But there are ways of having fun as a family without spending too much money. We are so lucky here in North County Dublin, we have some really nice places to visit for inexpensive family day trips right here on our doorstep (or at least not too far away!). Therese, mum of 3, shares 3 of her favourite family day trips in Dublin North County:
The scenic coastal town of Skerries offers you a really nice day out especially during the summer months.
Park the car down by the harbour and take the fabulous coastal walk stopping along the way to admire the marvellous views!
In summer you could be lucky to be there at the same time as the working fishing fleet which attracts the large colony of seals that follows to wait for what might be thrown overboard.
There is a lovely little playground which I think is especially suitable for younger children but the older children can enjoy a game of hopscotch if they prefer.
You can visit the famous Skerries Mills, children love the windmills, and then when everyone is peckish stop off at the child friendly restaurant 'Pierhouse Hotel' for something to eat, keep an eye or for the family deals or bring a picnic and eat by the coast!
Another fabulous place to spend some time is beautiful Malahide. An excellent public transport system links Malahide with Dublin airport and there is a modern rail link to the city.
Spend the day in the magnificent Malahide castle and its surrounds. If you have the car there is free parking at the castle entrance on the back road or on right hand side just as you are approaching Malahide. The castle itself is magnificent but also worth a visit is the Fry Model Railway and Tara’s Palace, both on the grounds of the castle.
Stroll around the beautiful gardens which are open in the summer months, take a break whilst watching the children play in the fantastic playground or if feeling energetic there are tennis courts and a golf course which is open to the public. On a sunny day you will see many people lazing about under a tree or out in the wide open green spaces.
Malahide has a magnificent coastline with breathtaking scenery, a coastal walk is highly recommended. Plenty of family friendly places to eat or perhaps have a picnic on the beach. A wonderful day out!
And Howth can never be forgotten about if you fancy a day out and about. You can get the dart if you fancy a day without the car but there is usually somewhere to park if going by car is preferred.
You can spend a Sunday afternoon at the harbour, wandering about the markets, watching the children play in the playground or you can get some fish from the local fishmonger and throw some to the seals.
Finish off your day with a soft cone which is always a favourite, all of the shops along the harbour will have them or how about some fish & chips, Beshoffs on the Promenade is one of Dublin’s most famous fish & chip shops.
And if you would like a quieter but exceptionally scenic walk then the summit of Howth must be discovered.
What's your favourite place to take the kids in North County Dublin? Tell us in the comments below