Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in Dublin


October 20, 2011

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Planning a visit with the family to Dublin? Or looking for new things to do? Here’s our pick of the Top 10 Things to Do With Kids in Dublin:

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#1. Visit a world of animals at Dublin Zoo

places to see animals in Ireland 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 at Dublin Zoo.

#2. Take a Splash with Viking Splash Tours

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.

#3. Step Back in Time at Dublinia


And 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.

#4. Discover Imaginosity

ImaginosityThere is something for every little person at Imaginosity, Ireland’s interactive museum for children under ten.

Get creative in the art studio and on the kid’s stage.

Join in the building fun in the construction company or climb the Imaginosity climber.

Tip: book ahead of time as it gets busy at weekends

#5. Get Cultural at The Ark

The Ark Animation Summer Camps

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. Take a stroll up Grafton Street and Visit St Stephen’s Green

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. Visit one of Dublin’s National Museumsnatural history

Dublin has 3 National Museum of Ireland museums – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Natural History & Archaeology. Entry to them is completely free and there are ongoing family events and workshops to enjoy throughout the year, especially on school & national holidays.

#8. Phoenix Park

phoenix park Dublin Spring walks for families in Dublin

Right on our doorstep we have one of Europe’s largest enclosed urban parks, the Phoenix Park, which is a fantastic place for family walks. It is also home to over 500 wild deer which can be seen throughout the park.

There are extensive walking trails throughout the Park and the south western corner of the park is known as the Furry Glen and has a series of short walks centred around a small lake with birds, plants and wildlife.

#9. Visit the only puppet theatre in Ireland!

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The famous Lambert Puppet Theatre performs magical stories and fairytales sure to enchant children of all ages.

#10. Tram, Train or Bus


Take a trip on the Luas or on the DART or hop on and off one of the Guided Bus Tours that go around Dublin. Even if you are not going anywhere in particular, most kids love the novelty of public transport.

Under 4s go free on the Luas, under 5s go free on DART services, and both often do Kids Go Free offers during summer season.

Do you have a favourite things to do with kids in Dublin? Share it with us in the comments below.

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Published On: October 20th, 2011 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: April 7th, 2018 / Tags: , /

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