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The Ark

Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: 11a Eustace Street | Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 670 7788
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Ark is a unique, purpose-built arts and cultural centre in the heart of...

The Ark is a unique, purpose-built arts and cultural centre in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Our programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks, so expect a different experience every visit!

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Great place for children!

I booked in for the show for 2 to 4 year olds. A musical show. I thought it was going to be a bit slow for my 3 year old - but he loved it. And participated! So the show was great... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2016
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Went all the way in to the Ark yesterday for a show called 'Conor at the edge of the Universe'. This has been my third or fourth visit to the Ark in the past year for various things. This show was very short (less than 40 minutes) and was inappropriate for the age as advertised 4-6 year olds. In my... More 

Thank treeto
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I booked in for the show for 2 to 4 year olds. A musical show. I thought it was going to be a bit slow for my 3 year old - but he loved it. And participated! So the show was great for this age group. Two floors of things to do after the show. Paints, reading etc. Staff were... More 

Thank A228
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I've visited The Ark at least once or twice every year for the past 7 years with my son and sometimes friends/family come along with us. We love this place so much. We've visited a lot of family attractions in Dublin but this is the best. The staff, the exhibitions, workshops and shows never cease to amaze and delight us... More 

Thank Mammyglobetrotter
Grand Junction, Colorado
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

This was a last minute stop to get out of the rain and try to find something fun for my 2 year old to do. It was awesome! She was able to color, play with clay, do crafts, lounge in some chairs and read. I got to check out some local art and it appears that they constantly have new... More 

Thank murphyhr
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place! We visited during a weekend break in Dublin and there was a show on at the time. Reasonably priced tickets, fantastic interactive show, enthusiastic staff that made the children feel special. We really enjoyed it! Seem to have different activities on so make sure to check before you go!

Thank Eats_me
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We visited when the put yourself in the picture workshop was on and it was great. The kids got to to a self portrait, wrote a story about themselves, drew a picture of themselves on the walls and got an instant picture taken. It was recommended by a friend as we had never been before. All the staff were full... More 

Thank mmod13
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

Had a great time at the ark for put yourself in the picture. Kids loved every minute of it, loved being able to draw themselves and colouring in great family experience

Thank Stephanie D
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit!! Hidden gem somewhere to entertain kids for lovely afternoon great staff and well organised

Thank chefie02
Cavan, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Lovely place to bring school children as I am a teacher. Friendly staff with well organised routines... The children are never disappointed with a trip to the Ark!

Thank Kim C
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

I've been here twice now. Once for a sing along for my two year old child at Christmas, and today for a musical on Brian Boru. They really are excellent. Very decent value too. Highly recommend checking out if you want to keep the kid entertained for an hour or two and they have something that sounds good on.

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