Dublin Ireland

By Laura Wilkins

Resting on the beautiful east coast of Ireland, the spirited capital city of Dublin has much more to offer visitors than Guinness factories and great nightlife – it’s also a family-friendly destination with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activity options to suit children and adults alike. Thanks to its short haul flight time of less than two hours from most UK airports, it’s an ideal spot for both weekend breaks or longer family getaways, with all manner of interests catered for.

To make the most of a family trip to Dublin, here are five fun, child-friendly activities to help you and your little ones make the most of this historic city.

For Young Explorers

Dublin has so many wonderful historic sights that seeing them all can mean a lot of walking, which can be tough with a family of little ones in tow. One of the most exciting ways to see the city without putting pressure on your feet are the Viking Splash Tours which show visitors many of the city’s famous sights from both land and water, in a specially built amphibious bus with entertaining and engaging guides.

Taking in tourist spots like Trinity College, the Dublin docklands, Christchurch Cathedral and many more, this tour is an ideal way to view and learn about the history of this ancient city from the comfort of this extraordinary vehicle.

Tell me more – Tours run from March to November and cost €20 for adults, €16 for teens aged 13 to 17 and €12 for children aged 3 to 12. Children under the age of two are not permitted on the water section of the tour. Call +353 1 707 6000 for more information.

For Chocoholics

Just north of the city, Butlers Chocolate Experience is a top spot for chocoholics and confectionary enthusiasts, with adults and children able to get ‘hands-on’ in learning about the history and processes of one of Ireland’s favourite luxury chocolatiers.  Butlers first opened in 1932 as a working chocolate factory and has since opened its doors to teach visitors about the different types of chocolate they produce, with plenty of opportunities for tasting their delicious fare along the way! As well as a museum and chocolate gallery, visitors also have the opportunity to dress just like a Butlers chocolatier and decorate their very own chocolate novelty to take home as a souvenir.

Tell me more – Tours run daily at 10am, 12pm and 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and are well worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment. The Chocolate Experience Tour costs €12.20for adults and children. Call +353 1 671 0599 for more information.

For Little Princesses and Princes

Malahide Castle is a historic attraction in North County Dublin, set in 250 acres of beautiful park land in the seaside town of Malahide. Filled with period furniture, antiques, Irish portrait paintings and reportedly home to no fewer than five ghosts, the castle and its grounds are easily explored with both guided and audio tours.

Also home to the Fry Model Railway, the Museum of Irish Childhood and Tara’s Palace, a 22 room Doll’s Mansion that took over 20 years to build, as well as a restaurant and tea rooms, this is an ideal spot for a family day out that is both informative and fun.

Tell me more – Entry to the gardens is free, or exploring the castle costs €12 for adults and €6 for children under 16. Call +353 1 866 6764 for more information.

For Animal Lovers

A fantastic day out for wildlife lovers of all ages and covering 28 hectares, Dublin Zoo is officially Ireland’s biggest family attraction. Housing over 400 animals, including elephants, orang-utans, chimpanzees and penguins to name but a few, the zoo offers talks and daily feeds for visitors to watch, helping children learn more about not only the animals themselves, but also the ways in which they can help to conserve wildlife.

The zoo is situated in Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe, home to a wide range of wildlife habitats, birds and mammals such as the Fallow Deer. When visiting the zoo it is definitely worth exploring this beautiful park as well.

Tell me more – Open all year round from 9.30am, the zoo and Phoenix Park are easily accessible by car, train and bus from the city centre. Entry costs €12for adults and €10.50 for children. Call +353 1 474 8900 for more information.

For Budding Inventors

Imaginosity is a new take on museums, providing a unique, hands-on learning and creative experience for children up to the age of nine and their families. Here children can explore mini supermarkets, play doctor in the medical centre, or take part in many other activities like building, cooking, planting, climbing, presenting in the TV studio, playing dress up and much, much more. This play centre offers a fun indoor option for rainy days, with activities and workshops keeping children entertained for hours. There are also small padded play areas for babies on each floor, allowing infants and toddlers to join in with the fun as well.

Tell me more – The museum is located just outside of the city and entry costs €8 for adults, €6 for children and €2 for infants under 6 months old. Call + 353 1 2176130 for more information.

Getting There

There are regular flights to Dublin from the US every day, or the city is easily reachable in less than two hours from most UK airports, including London City Airport if you plan to include this as part of a tour of Britain. Dublin Airport is conveniently located 10km from the city centre, with a large number of buses, coaches and taxis available.

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