Are you looking for activities for teenagers in Dublin? Need some ideas for things to do in Dublin for tweens? Here are 30 Terrific Things to do in Dublin for Teenagers and Older Kids, guaranteed to stop the age-old “I’m Bored”…
#1. The Little Museum
The award-winning The Little Museum tells the story of the Irish capital. Described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times, The Little Museum is also the number one museum in Ireland on TripAdvisor.
A brilliant new addition to the cultural map of Ireland, their famous guided tours reveal the history of a city that has undergone remarkable changes in the last 100 years, from the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2.
#2. Scale the Heights at Croke Park
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.
#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 Folklore 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 which includes 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 right up 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 an indoor trampoline park located in Stillorgan and in Santry, Dublin (and at time of writing soon to be arriving at Naas Road).
It offers a number of trampoline activities including open jumping, Trampoline Dodge ball, and trampoline Aerobics on its wall to wall trampolines.
#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 for a view of the city from the water!
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, St Michael’s Tower which belonged to the church of St Michael the Archangel, that 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.