Trying to find something to keep the kids entertained this weekend? Look no further.
From Dublin’s largest zoo to the Viking Splash tour, we’ve had a snoop for some of the best kid-friendly things to do in the capital and rounded up our top five.
Some of these will require a taxi, while others you can hop on the Dart or Luas, but the majority of them are suitable for kids up to the age of about 12 and are really enjoyable.
Dublin Zoo – a special kind of zoo
It’s a bit of an obvious one, but always a solid choice. Opened in 1831, this is the oldest zoo in the world. It is also the most popular tourist attraction in all of Ireland.
The beauty of the zoo is you can do it all in your own time – whether you’ve only got three hours to spend there, or you intend on being there all day. There’s so much to see, and arriving early means you can check the feeding times for certain animals and pop back when they’re on.
The zoo is located in Phoenix Park, which is also a lovely spot for a picnic.
Phoenix Park – the largest enclosed city park in Europe
This is a kind of laid back day though quite active, the sort of day out that many families would y enjoy. It is the largest enclosed city park in all of Europe and there is something to please everyone. They’re all ready for children to explore while parents admire the beauty and history.
You may even be joined by the wild deer that call this park home. At Conyngham Road, just at the main gates of the park you can hire bikes to tour the park itself. You’ll need bikes to see the park as a whole as there are 1752 acres to explore.
Go for a stroll around the city with the Viking Splash Tour
The tour departs from Stephen’s Green – at the Grafton Street entrance – and takes you on a trip around Dublin partly on land, partly on water in an amphibious vehicle. This is a great way to a great way to see the city from a different point.
Along the way a ‘Viking’ guide will point out and explain the major city attractions – such as Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and government buildings – in a uniquely entertaining manner.
OK, old churches might not be the best time for kids, but this beautiful church is definitely worth visiting.. Built in 1220, It is the largest church in all of Ireland and has a fascinating history. Next to the church is a large grassed area and plenty of space for kids to run and play. So, that’s how you can compensate.
And if it rains…
A rainy day can kill your family plans, and it’s always good to have something in mind if it really is a bad time for touring.
Imaginosity is a fantastic place, especially for children under 10, with so much to do that it may just be worth going even if the sun shines. It’s nominally a museum, but the kids won’t think of it as one – though they will be learning more than they realise!
Aldo, the Ark is a cultural centre for kids, with exhibitions, performances and workshop all year round. Many need to be booked in advance however, so check the site before you travel to see if there are events of interest.
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