10 Family Friendly Dublin Activities
Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe, and its capital Dublin city is very family friendly. So, it’s not just the adults who'll be welcomed and entertained in lively Dublin – there’s so much to do for the kids, too.
Families can expect a warm welcome wherever they go and enjoy a range of citywide attractions from historic sites to sandy beaches and vast green spaces.
It also doesn’t matter what the Irish weather throws at you, as there is always something to do in Dublin to keep the entire family occupied whatever the weather!
Here are our top 10 picks for family days out for your next holiday or mid-term break in Dublin (in no order) and you are still in a great location to just explore the city by foot or tram and enjoy some nice treats and shopping for the family.
The Dublinia living history museum, is so unique to the Irish capital that even small kids can get a sense of what makes the place so special. Stride the decks of a Viking warship, browse a medieval market, dig through ancient ruins for lost treasures – Dublinia is an immersive, interactive experience that brings the city's 1,000-year history to life.
Phoenix Park Bikes Hire
Phoenix Park Bikes can offer you a wide variety of bike options for the very young to the old. Located at the main entrance to the Phoenix Park in Dublin, it creates the perfect opportunity for you and your family to grab a bike on the way into experiencing this enormous city park.
St. Stephens’ Green
St Stephen’s Green is a beautiful park right in the centre of Dublin. It’s a photographer’s haven with little stone bridges crossing a lake, manicured flower beds and walkways through stunning greenery.
One of the most popular playgrounds within Dublin is at St. Stephens Green. There are usually multiple other families enjoying the playground with a wide variety of equipment. The kids can swing, climb, hang from monkey bars, slide, and explore throughout the park. It’s also a great park for a picnic.
Skyline Tour at Croke Park
If you're over 1.2 metres tall and not afraid of heights, you can walk around the roof of one of Europe's biggest sports stadiums, Croke Park. You'll get an unbeatable view over the city, Dublin Bay, and the mountains beyond. And while you are there why not take in a visit to the GAA Museum and learn all the history of our national sport.
Airfield Farm in Dublin is a perfect day out with fun for kids and all the family, only a few stops outside the city on the LUAS.
Airfield farm is a working farm and is based on the traditional farming practices of mixed animal husbandry. The farm is complete with an assortment of sheep, pigs, goats and chickens to name a few and their placid Jersey herd are some of the most beautiful animals you’ll ever see.
The farm at Airfield is a perfect working example of environmentally sustainable agriculture in Ireland. They encourage visitors to explore, experience farm life up close and even get hands-on.
National Leprechaun Museum
Visitors can learn the closely guarded secrets of Ireland's mischievous fairy-folk at this fun venue that's more a storytelling centre than a museum. Charming guides hold big and little guests spellbound with tales from Irish folklore.
The city’s zoo is also one of the most popular attractions for travelling families.
One of the oldest zoos in the world, Dublin Zoo has been introducing exotic animals to Ireland for almost 200 years. Here you'll meet toddler-friendly farm animals and the fearsome beasts of the African Savanna. There are all kinds of animal encounters to experience too.
Hop on Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour
There are many of these to choose from but the best-known is run by Dublin Bus, whose expert guides provide fun, informative, and sometimes hilarious commentary all along your tour of Dublin city.
The Irish Immigration Museum is a relatively new space and appeals to older children. It’s one of the most high-tech interactive museums in Ireland.
Guests are given a passport to stamp at all the different stations. Each area had touch screens and educational information about how Ireland has evolved. Kids especially love learning about River Dance the opportunity to make digital postcards.
The GPO Museum is located less than ten-minute walk from the hotel, in the historical and iconic GPO building on O'Connell Street, Dublin. This highly interactive and spectacular visitor attraction which gives kids a great overview of the Irish history focuses on the 1916 rising, the aftermath of this rebellion and also, they will learn how Ireland has developed since. This very engaging and interactive experience will capture their imaginations and brings history to life.