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10 Unique Kid-Friendly Things To Do In Dublin - Updated 2020

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Brittany
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Home to several colleges, prominent alcohol distilleries, and one of the most authentic pub scenes in the world, it’s no surprise that parents may be skeptical before vacationing in Dublin with their youngsters. However, while it may be widely known for its jovial nightlife, rest assured that there are plenty of wholesome family-friendly activities to be enjoyed here as well. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Dublin with kids.

1. Aviva Stadium (from 10 USD)

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Pop over to the Ballsbridge neighborhood for a special guided tour of the historic Aviva Stadium, which recounts nearly a century and a half of the most memorable moments in Ireland’s athletic history. Hard core sports fans can purchase merchandise and regalia before sticking around for an exciting game of football or Irish rugby.

Aviva Stadium Tour

Address: Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

Price: from 10 USD

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

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2. Bord Gais Energy Theatre

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The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, sometimes referred to as the Grand Canal Theatre, is a spectacular performing arts venue known for showcasing some of the most spell-binding concerts, ballets, plays, and other shows. Try getting lost in the mystery of an enchanting magical performance, sure to ensnare both parents and children alike. Meanwhile musical performances on ice are no less entertaining.

Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Address: Grand Canal Square Docklands, Dublin 2, Ireland

Contact: +353 16777999 or [email protected]

Website: Bord Gais Energy Theatre

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3. Howth Head Peninsula (from 28 USD)

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Less than an hour from the city center via public transport, the northern Peninsula of Howth Head is a must-see. Pack a lunch and a water bottle and head off to witness the grandeur of these majestic seaside cliffs, home to the castle of Howth, a towering lighthouse, mysterious Viking ruins, and the poet W. B. Yeats’ childhood abode. Plus breath-taking views of Dublin Bay certainly won’t disappoint.

Day Trip to Howth

Price: from 28 USD

Duration: around 6 hours

Access: DART station

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4. National Botanic Gardens

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An excellent place for a family picnic, Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens is a popular hangout spot amongst local families looking to take advantage of the city’s fresh, open air spaces. It is home to some 300 endangered plant species and regularly organizes art workshops, nature walks, and kid-suitable exhibitions. Other great perks include free entrance and wheelchair accessibility for people with disabilities.

National Botanic Gardens

Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

Price: free

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri; 10am - 6pm, Sat - Sun

Duration: around 2 hours

Contact: +353 18040300 or [email protected]

Website: National Botanic Gardens

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5. Royal Dublin Society

One of the best parts of living in Kentucky is living in horse country! We know you (might) miss this beautiful state while you're busy studying abroad, but we have something to that'll bring a little piece of home to you overseas: the Dublin Horse Show! One of the highlights of our Gatton program in Scotland & Ireland is an excursion to the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) to discuss the sport horse industry and the Dublin Horse Show, which was first held in 1868 and was one of the earliest "leaping" competitions ever held. Over time it has become a high-profile international show jumping competition, national showing competition, and major entertainment event in Ireland. There is great competition, food, and music- something for everyone! The show itself will run August 9th-13th this year, so it won't overlap with our Gatton program, but students will get to see where it happens and learn more about sport horse industry firsthand! • • • #bringuktotheuk #isaabroadky #isaabroad #bluegrassabroad #educationabroad #studyabroad #business #economics #gatton #scotland #ireland #royaldublinsociety #dublin #rds #dublinhorseshow #equestrian #horsecountry #jumping #kentucky #ireland

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Set on 42 acres of land, the Royal Dublin Society is a large concert, festival, and exhibition venue located in the Ballsbridge neighborhood. The RDS was founded in 1731 and is, perhaps, most famous for its annual summertime Horse Show, which features live music, tasty foods, crafting, and, of course, spectacular equestrian performances.

Royal Dublin Society

Address: Anglesea Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

Contact: +353 16680866 or [email protected]

Website: Royal Dublin Society

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6. Dundrum Shopping Centre

In my first year in Ireland I probably have seen more rainbows than in my entire life altogether 🌈 and if you look carefully you can see a little one just in the middle of this photo ☺️ Isn't it great living in a rainbow country?☘ That's probably where all the legends about leprechauns and pot of gold came from- the abundance of rainbows 🌈 I think the spring is a season for the rainbows as I see more and more of them recently, they're so hard to capture tho! This is a fountain outside my local shopping centre, every year they dye the water green for St Paddy's Day ☘🇨🇮☺️ #Ireland #visitireland #stpaddysday #rainbow #rainbowcountry #leuprechaun #potofgold #green #dublin #dundrum #dunrumtowncentre

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The Dundrum Town Centre, built in a nearby suburb of Dublin, is the largest shopping center in all of Ireland. Besides being home to countless restaurants and shopping establishments, it is also the site of an independent theater where live music, comedy performances, and visual art shows can be seen. To the delight of many youngsters there are several on-site play centers and obstacle courses plus an affordable pottery painting studio and mini-golf course. Meanwhile, the Dundrum movie theater offers morning screenings of popular titles for the parents of newborn babies.

Dundrum Town Centre

Address: Sandyford Rd, Dundrum, Dublin 16, Ireland

Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm, Mon - Fri; 9am - 7pm, Sat; 10am - 7pm, Sun

Contact: +353 12991700

Website: Dundrum Town Centre

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7. Lambert Puppet Theatre


This quirky, family run puppet theatre uses creativity and imagination to serve up some silly afternoon shows. Established in 1972, it houses the oldest puppet company in the nation and does an excellent job of engaging young viewers through participation and interaction. It airs such classics as The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others.

Lambert Puppet Theatre

Address: Clifton Lane, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

Contact: +353 12800974

Website: Lambert Puppet Theatre

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8. Viking Splash Tour

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The Viking Splash Tour is as exciting and adventurous as it sounds. A family friendly tour of Dublin’s most popular land and water attractions, it provides an exciting introduction into Viking Dublin and encompasses such destinations as Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Church. The highlight of the tour is the point where the signature amphibious tour vehicle delves into the water near the Grand Canal docklands.

Viking Splash Tour

Address: St. Stephens Green North, Dublin 2, Ireland

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm, daily

Contact: +353 17076000

Website: Viking Splash Tour

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9. Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

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Ditch the traditional museum experience with this live-action performance attraction, whose Living History actors transport you back in time through a captivating journey of Ireland’s past. It boasts a medieval castle, Heritage Centre, Writer’s Gallery, and early Christian Church. Located on the southern end of the Dublin Bay, the castle grounds have often been the site of literary gatherings, performances, and other special events.

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Address: Castle St., Dalkey, Co., Dublin, Ireland

Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm, Mon - Fri, except Tuesdays; 11am - 5pm, Sat - Sun

Duration: around 3 hours

Contact: +353 12858366 or [email protected]

Website: Visit Dalkey Castle

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10. Phoenix Park

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Situated on nearly 1,800 acres of land, Phoenix Park is a large outdoor recreational space that has been enclosed within a stone wall. Open 24/7, It is home to the largest family space in all of Ireland. It features comfortable picnic pavilions, flower gardens, tea rooms, and performance and sporting venues. Wild deer roam freely throughout the area and have been the subject of many picturesque photo-ops. Phoenix Park is also the site of the Dublin Zoo, which welcomes some 1 million visitors annually.

Dublin Zoo

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

Opening Hours: 9:30am - 6pm, daily

Duration: around 3 hours recommended

Contact: +353 14748900 or [email protected]

Website: Visit Dublin Zoo

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Everyday is family fun day

To be honest, it’s completely understandable if a stuffy guided tour spanning centuries of Irish history don’t exactly sound appealing to the little ones in your group, and for this reason finding engaging activities for your family may seem like a daunting task. However, the truth is that there are a great number of things to do in Dublin with kids, both in and around the city, including unique children’s tours, colorful indoor performances, and exciting exploratory sites.

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Brittany is an avid travel enthusiast with a love for foreign languages and an insatiable curiosity about the world. A bit of a TV junkie, she replenishes lost brain cells by curling up with her...Read more

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