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From fascinating museums to fun-filled city tours, parks to explore and new experiences to try, there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Dublin.
As a city that prides itself on its eclectic nightlife and traditional pub culture, you may think that Dublin isn’t the ideal place to visit with kids. However, that is not the case as the city boasts a whole host of activities suitable for all ages.
A haven for fun-filled adventure activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family, as well as several kid-focused museums and galleries that are sure to teach your little ones something new, there are plenty of things you can do with kids in Ireland’s capital city.
No matter the weather, here are some fun indoor and outdoor kid-friendly things to do in Dublin.
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10. The Ark – a cultural hub for kids
In the cultural centre of Dublin’s Temple Bar area, The Ark provides a space for children aged 2-12 to explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, and more.
Running several events and workshops throughout the year, The Ark is the perfect place to spark or nurture a love of the arts.
Address: 11A Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 A590, Ireland
9. Airfield Estate – experience life on a farm
This working farm in Dundrum, County Dublin, allows people of all ages to experience what farm life is really like.
The Naturescape is an interactive outdoor play area for kids aged 4-12 with climbing frames, scramble nets, slides, swings, balance beams, tunnels and a zip wire.
Kids under four can enjoy the soft play area where they can take on the role of a farmer, chef, or gardener.
Address: Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14, D14 EE77, Ireland
8. The National Wax Museum Plus – Ireland’s answer to Madame Tussauds
This privately owned waxwork museum is up there with the best kid-friendly things to do in Dublin.
With various attractions, from Father Ted’s Room to great Irish writers, music and entertainment to time vaults, the National Wax Museum is a great place to spend the afternoon.
Address: The Lafayette Building, 22-25 Westmoreland St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 EH29, Ireland
7. Dublinia – immerse yourself in Dublin’s history
Travel back in time to Medieval and Viking Dublin at this immersive museum experience that recreates the cities streets as they would have looked in days gone by.
Perfect for the whole family, you’ll get the chance to try on Viking clothes, visit a Medieval kitchen, and find out all you need to know about Dublin’s fascinating past.
Address: St Michaels Hill Christ Church, Dublin 8, Ireland
6. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum – an award-winning attraction
Winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 and 2020, EPIC is a must-visit.
Learn the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists, and even outlaws worldwide at one of Ireland’s most high-tech interactive museums.
Address: The Chq Building, Unit 32 /33, N Wall Quay, North Wall, Dublin 1, Ireland
5. Phoenix Park – the perfect place to spend a sunny day
As the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe, Phoenix Park is a great place to explore and spend the afternoon with family.
With plenty of monuments, walled gardens, and wildlife, there is something for everyone at Phoenix Park.
Address: Dublin 8, Ireland
4. Viking Splash – an unusual way to see the city
An unconventional way to see Dublin, Viking Splash is a 75-minute tour on an amphibious bus that floats along the Grand Canal Basin around the historic city.
With enthusiastic tour guides, this is sure to be an experience you won’t forget.
Address: St Stephens Green North, Dublin 2, Ireland
3. National Museum of Ireland – the perfect family outing
If you want to experience one of the best historical things to do in Dublin, then why not spend a whole day exploring the incredible National Museum of Ireland? Here you will learn about national and international archaeology, Irish history, Irish art, culture, and natural history.
No matter your age, you are sure to take something away from the incredible exhibitions on offer at one of the best museums in Ireland.
Address: Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, D02 F627, Ireland
2. Imaginosity – a child-centred museum
Dublin’s Children’s Museum is the perfect spot to take kids in the city as it encourages children under nine to explore and become curious about the world around them.
The interactive exhibitions on offer here encourage learning through play, making it a fun-filled way for children to engage in educational activities.
Address: The Plaza Beacon South Quarter Sandyford Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland
1. Dublin Zoo – the third oldest zoo in the world
Not only will you get to see and learn about all the different animals at Dublin Zoo, but you will also be stepping into Ireland’s oldest zoo and the third oldest zoo in the world.
With so much to see and do, the zoo is a perfect activity for all ages and definitely one of the best kid-friendly things to do in Dublin.
Address: Saint James’ (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin 8, Ireland
With thanks to Sian for contributing this guide to her home city.
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