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21 Cool Things To Do In Dublin With Kids
Your 2017 Guide to Ireland
You will find plenty of fun family attractions in Dublin. If you want things to do in Dublin with kids- you are in the right place!
a friendly maritime city located on the Eastern coast of Ireland.
There is something for everyone here.
Toddlers and babies will love the
Dublin zoo, Children can dress up like a viking at the Dublinia Museum,
and teenagers will love hanging out at the hip Temple Bar (street).
The weather in Dublin
is fairly mild. It is never terribly hot in the summer and the winters
are usually well above freezing.
It does rain throughout the year with
December being the wettest with occasional snow fall.
There is lots to
do year round including bike ride in the parks in the warmer months and
interesting museums to explore in the colder months.
21 Best Family Attractions in Dublin
- Grab some takeout or pack a picnic lunch and head to St Stephen's Green
which is a lovely park. There are playgrounds for the kids to climb on
and lots of green space for your toddlers to run around. Bring some
bread to feed the ducks.You can stroll the walkways with your babies and
check out the fountains, sculptures and flowers. Great to escape the
hustle and bustle of Dublin.
- A tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery
is one of the interesting things to do in Dublin with kids. Your family
can get a crash course on the fascinating history of Dublin and learn
about the many historical figures that are buried here. The guides are
excellent and really bring the stories to life including some about
gravedigger! There is also a museum and restaurant here. If you have
Irish roots your children will have fun searching the Genealogy
Stations for info on your ancestors!
- Kids will enjoy the Dublinia Viking World.
It is an interactive museum that highlights the history of the Vikings
and medieval times in Ireland. Children will love dressing up in the
clothes and lots of hands on stuff for them too!
More Fun Things to do in Dublin with Kids
- Take a guided tour of the Jeanie Johnston
with your family. This is a recreated tall ship from the 1850's. This
type of boat was used by the Irish to emigrate to North America and
escape the devastating famine in Ireland. Children will enjoy exploring
this ship and learning the history of its passengers including a 15 year
old girl and her 12 year old brother who sailed alone to start a new
life. This is one of the best things to do Dublin in kids! My daughter loved it! Amazing tour! Included on the Dublin Pass
- Enjoy the Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub
with your kids.This is a lively evening filled with traditional music,
dancing and excellent pub food. A 3 course dinner is included. Great
for all ages, your toddlers will love dancing to the music!
- Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum
offers an interesting tour. It will give your family an insight into
Ireland's struggle for freedom. Teenagers and older children will be
intrigued by the stories of the prisoners and seeing the dreadful living
conditions. Included on the Dublin Pass.
- Irish House Party is a fun night out. Excellent music, Irish dancers and tasty food. You can even join in and sing a song or learn a traditional Irish dance. Kids under 16 half price (when accompanied by parents).
More Things to do in Dublin with Kids
- St Michan's Church offers a tour of its crypt complete with
open coffins and mummies! You can even touch one of the mummies for good
luck! Depending on your children this will either be incredibly
exciting or incredibly scary!! There are a few uneven steep stairs to
navigate to get inside. The church itself has a beautiful stain glass
window and wooden organ.
- Your little sports fans will enjoy a visit to Croke Park Stadium.
You can take a tour here and learn all about Ireland's national sport
called Hurling. This is played with a stick and ball. Also learn about
Gaelic Football which is an action packed ball game. You can see the
pitch, VIP areas and players tunnel. There are fun interactive games for
children. Better yet try to book tickets to see a live match!
- Watch the dog racing
at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium with the kids. This is a fun
evening where you can enjoy dinner with the locals and bet on which dog
is going to be the fastest! Children will have a great time trying to
predict the winner! Bets start at 1 Euro.
- A stroll through the Botanic Gardens
are a fun way to escape the city and enjoy the flowers, plants and
trees. There are interesting sculptures throughout. In the summer there
is a trail especially for kids. There are lots of birds and squirrels to
- The National Museum of Ireland
is one of the interesting Dublin family attractions. If you are faced
with a rainy day head here and explore the exhibits. The locals call
this the Dead Zoo. Babies, toddlers and children will be fascinated with
the quirky taxidermied animals and skeletons from around the world.
Best of all its free!
More Cool Things to Do in Dublin with Kids
- The Dublin Zoo is one of the fun
family attractions. Great for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers!
There are lots of exotic animals like tigers, elephants and giraffes.
They have some multi species exhibits which are interesting to see.
Don't miss out on the feeding times! Included with the Dublin Pass.
- Guinness Storehouse
would definitely be rated as my dad's favorite Dublin attraction, kids
however will enjoy it too! You can take a tour of the facilities and
learn all about the history and brewing of Ireland's most famous beer.
Finish it off with a fresh pint for the parents and a soda for the kids. Included with the Dublin Pass.
- Hop on Hop off Bus is a great way to explore Dublin with
children. Kids will love riding these open air double decker bus that
will bring you to many of the cities attractions. They have live
commentary on some buses as well as audio guides including ones designed
just for kids! You can also take a Viking Splash tour which is an
amphibious vehicle that tours the land and water.
- Teenagers will love a visit to the lively Temple Bar. This
street is filled with pubs, restaurants, theaters and souvenir shops and
live music. Children will love seeing the street performers here. Never
a dull moment. It is fairly tame in the day and early evenings. There
is a farmer's market on Saturdays. Stop by the Ark Children's Culture
Center and see what's on. They often have plays and workshops for the
- A great pub for a family meal is O'Neills Bar and Restaurant. With live Irish music and countless rooms and true Irish food, this is the palce for a hearty breakfast or delicious lunch! Kids welcome until 930pm.
- Enjoy exploring the Dublin Castle.
There are stately rooms, thrones and even a moat! The grounds are lovely
and there is a tour which will tell you all about its fascinating
- Going for a family bike ride in Phoenix Park is
one of the fun things to do in Dublin with kids. There is a bike rental
company that offers kids bikes, baby carriers and even tandem bikes!
Children will love exploring this park. You can stop at the playgrounds,
check out the monuments and see the gardens. Stop by the visitor's
center on Sunday mornings from 11-12pm for a free children's workshop.
Combine this with a visit to the Dublin Zoo located on the grounds.
- If you are traveling with babies or toddlers and young kids (under 9) then take a break and head to Imaginosity.
It is an indoor playground located in the Beacon South Centre. The kids
can run and play with the imaginary diner, garage and market. There is a
roof top garden (weather permitting). It has a 2 hour time limit.
- Visiting Newbridge House and Farm
is one of the best things to do in Dublin with kids. There is an 18th
century mansion and working farm to explore. Kids will love seeing the
animals including the ponies and piglets. There is an excellent
adventure playground for the kids and a tearoom serving homemade
goodies. Great way to experience the beautiful Irish countryside.
Located a few minutes North of Dublin.
- A hearty Irish stew, boxty
and colcannon are some of the tasty Irish food for kids to sample on
your family trip! Stop by a local restaurant for some good home cooking
and a pint of Guinness for the parents! Beware some pubs do not allow
children inside, although most are child friendly till 930pm.
- Read more about the Dublin Pass here.
- Read more about Ireland with kids here.
- Read about UK with kids here
- Read about Europe holidays for kids here.
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