Dublin, Ireland is a city bursting at the seams with beauty, history and excitement. If you are planning a vacation to Ireland, Dublin is one of the most likely places to visit. Dublin has something for everyone, from exciting nightlife to sports arenas and everything in between. Sure, there are plenty of things for the adults to do; but what about the kids? It turns out that Dublin has that covered too. With a little help, there should be no shortage of exciting things to do in Dublin. Read on for a detailed summary of five of Dublin’s best family-friendly activities.
The Dublin Zoo is a great place to start your visit! This Dublin attraction is Ireland’s oldest zoo. Originally named the Zoological Gardens of Dublin, the zoo opened to the public on September 1, 1831. Home to wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and more; the Dublin zoo has much to offer. Of special interest are the collection of rare animals that call the zoo home. Such notable animals include the white-crowned Mangabey and the Snow Leopard. The park hours vary from month to month and can be found at the Dublin zoo website. Admission to the Dublin Zoo is quite reasonable: Adults- €15.00, Children (ages 3 to 16)- €10.50, Children (ages 3 and under)- Free of Charge, Senior Citizens- €12.00. There is also discounted family ticket prices which are available at the zoo’s website. With so much to offer, it is no wonder the Zoo is one of Dublin’s top attractions!
A visit to Malahide Castle is an experience your family won’t forget anytime soon! Among the oldest castles in Ireland, Malahide Castle has an abundance of history to share. A great way to learn about Malahide Castle is to partake in an audio tour of the castle and grounds. The tour audio is available on the visitdublin.com website with the option of several different languages. Other attractions at this site include the Fry Model Railway, Tara’s Palace and Childhood Museum and the beautiful Talbot Botanic Gardens. Of special interest, Malahide Castle is reported to be haunted by several specters. What will you find at Malahide castle?
One of Dublin’s best kept secrets, Iveagh Gardens is a must see attraction. Beautiful and artfully landscaped, Iveagh Gardens is among the finest gardens Ireland has to offer. Created in 1865, the gardens have been preserved and maintained to reflect the original 19th century design. Some of the beautiful features of the garden include Rustic’s grotto and cascade, fountains, a maze, rosarium, American garden, archery grounds, many sculptures and more. Admission to Iveagh Gardens is free and you can visit for 90 minutes. Hours vary depending on the season and can be found on Iveagh Gardens’ website.
Irish Folk Tours
Promising “An evening of food, folklore and fairies”, Irish Folk Tours certainly provides a magical night for your family. Listen to the history and tales of Ireland at the Brazen Head pub, while you enjoy a savory dinner in the candlelight. The Brazen Head pub is one of Ireland’s oldest, dating back over 800 years. The dinner menu is delightfully traditional: you have the option of several meals including Irish Fish Cakes, Beef and Guiness Stew, Bacon and Cabbage and others. You also have your choice of either Homemade Apple Crumble or Chocolate Fudge Cake for dessert. Moderately priced, though well worth the cost. Adults: €44, Students/Seniors: €40 Children: €37. Dinner is included in your admission cost. Days vary depending upon the season. An updated tour schedule is available on Irish Folk Tours’ website.
Imaginosity Dublin Children’s Museum
A fantastic option for family fun is the Imaginosity Dublin Children’s Museum. Similar to United State’s “Please Touch Museum”, expect lots of imaginative and educational play! Best for children ages 9 and under, the museum serves up a hearty dish of fun. The museum offers many exhibits and activities including a garage, art studio, theater, climbing wall, construction zone, and shopping center. For the even smaller visitor, Imaginosity has two activity zones specifically designed for children under the age of three. It is suggestion on Imaginosity’s website that you book well in advance, as tickets sell out quickly. Ticket prices are reasonable: Adults and children (age 3 and up) cost €8.50, Toddlers (age 1-2) cost €6.50, and babies (age 6 months-1year) cost €2.00. You can purchase tickets online and in person. Hours vary depending upon the day of the week. You can view their schedule on Imaginosity’s website.Please note, this museum does not allow you to bring strollers/buggies into the building. According to their website, they will provide you with a baby carrier if you require one.
These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg for family-friendly activities that Dublin has to offer. An abundance of excitement and fun await your family in Dublin!