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Guide to Dublin for Families

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Looking for attractions to keep the whole family entertained while in Dublin? Follow this guide to the best family-friendly locations in town.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum

Speciality Museums

Dublin Zoo

Zoos

Viking Splash Tours

Boat Tours

Temple Bar

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Captain Americas

Restaurants

Malahide Castle

Castles

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

History Museums, Natural History Museums

Waterside Howth

Bars & Clubs

St. Anne's Park, Dublin

Parks

Darragh O's City Tips

  • The 3-Day (72 Hours) Freedom Ticket, valid on all Dublin buses, is the perfect pass for getting around town easily.
  • Keep a careful eye on your possessions in stations and busy shopping areas.
  • Dublin is a great city for walking, especially around the city centre.
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    Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Darragh O Says:

    The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum is perfect for families of all ages, keen to learn about Ireland's long and difficult period of famine, mass emigration and poverty. Climb aboard this beautifully restored 19th-century tall ship for a great insight into the grim realities of travelling across the Atlantic, as well as a glimpse into the skills and craftwork behind building the impressive vessel.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Before or after visiting the ship, explore the newly regenerated area around Custom House Quay.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Humbling 15/03/2017
    • The proud ship 01/03/2017
    • Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
    Address:
    Custom House Quay
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 473 0111
    Other:
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    Dublin Zoo
    Zoos
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    Darragh O Says:

    Set in one of the largest urban parks in Europe (Phoenix Park), Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the country, and a must-do for families visiting the city. Not far from the centre of the city, the zoo is easily accessible on foot or by the Red Line Luas (tram line). With African Plains-themed settings, petting areas and interactive exhibits, this zoo is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look up animal feeding times in advance and plan your visit around these.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Day out 23/03/2017
    • Great day 23/03/2017
    • Dublin Zoo
    Address:
    Cunningham Road
    Phoenix Park
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 474 8900
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Viking Splash Tours
    Boat Tours
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    Darragh O Says:

    If you’re looking for a fun and interactive tour of Dublin, Viking Splash is the tour for you! Using authentic WW2 amphibious vehicles, this Viking-themed tour shows you the best of Dublin city by both land and by water. Kids will love the Viking helmets, warrior roars and games played on-board, while adults can enjoy learning about the rich history of the city in a quirky and memorable environment.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you wear your Viking Helmet at all times!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Road trip 23/03/2017
    • Fun way to learn 23/03/2017
    • Viking Splash Tours
    Address:
    Stephen_s Green North
    close to Grafton Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 707 6000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Temple Bar
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    Darragh O Says:

    While Temple Bar, and areas surrounding it, are unsuitable for children at night (busy with nightclubs, bars and lively take-away food outlets), during the day, the atmosphere is completely different. Browse the quirky independent shops here, enjoying traditional Irish music as you go.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid Temple Bar at night with children.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not as special as it could be, but by no means is it an embarrassment! 24/03/2017
    • Good 23/03/2017
    • Temple Bar
    Phone:
    +353 1 672 5286
    Other:
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    Captain Americas
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    Darragh O Says:

    Similar to TGI Friday’s or the Hard Rock Café, Captain America’s is a trendy and incredibly popular American-style restaurant situated in the heart of Dublin. Located on Grafton Street, the city's most popular shopping street, the restaurant is decorated with music memorabilia, from rock-and-roll icons to local Irish legends. While not everyone's idea of quality food and service, the restaurant's lively atmosphere and family-friendly dishes are sure to keep the kids happy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You may need to wait a while for a table, but the experience is worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #709 of 2,088 restaurants in Dublin
    • Lovely food 23/03/2017
    • Sweetest staff 22/03/2017
    • Captain Americas
    Address:
    44 Grafton Street
    Dublin 15
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 671 5266
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$54
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 - 22:00
    Fri
    12:00 - 22:30
    Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Malahide Castle
    Castles
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    Darragh O Says:

    Malahide Castle and park, situated in north county Dublin, is a real local favourite. Dating back to the 12th century, Malahide makes a serene getaway for families, couples and outdoor-lovers alike; complete with rolling fields, sports pitches and playgrounds, which children will love. The Malahide Castle Store and Café, near the rear of the park, is also incredibly popular, offering delicious dishes and charming gifts in its luxurious Avoca shop. If you venture to just one spot outside of the city centre as a family, make it Malahide!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To get here, take bus #32 or #42 from the city centre. Journeys by taxi are expensive.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Malahide
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Malahide castle 22/03/2017
    • Beautiful gardens 20/03/2017
    • Malahide Castle
    Address:
    Castledowns Back Road
    Malahide
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 816 9538
    Other:
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    National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
    History Museums, Natural History Museums
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    Darragh O Says:

    The Natural History Museum is a favourite of families and museum-lovers alike, and little seems to have changed since it's Victorian beginnings, giving architecture enthusiasts an extra special treat! Children will love exploring the floors of the building and getting up close to the amazing animals on display here – not just from Ireland but from around the world – and adults are sure to enjoy themselves too, discovering countless animals they have never heard of before... Southern African Dik-Dik anyone?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It never gets too busy, making it a good spot to visit any time. Check opening hours online in advance.
    • The educational/guide team in the museum organise events, workshops and tours designed to make natural history fun for children of all ages. Check online for upcoming events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    • Very nice way to spend rainy day 23/03/2017
    • Lots to see but some suspicious looking taxidermy 22/03/2017
    • National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
    Address:
    Merrion St.
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 677 7444
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Waterside Howth
    Bars & Clubs
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    Darragh O Says:

    The Waterside Howth/Howth Harbour is a firm local favourite, particularly with Dublin families. Situated on Howth Head peninsula in the north of County Dublin, this bustling suburban town mixes its small fishing town origins with an attractive modern twist. Perfect for a sunny day outing, enjoy a stroll down the harbour walkway to the lighthouse - which offers stunning views of Ireland's Eye island and the Irish Sea – and then stop off at Maud's for an ice cream or pick up some of the best fish and chips in town from Beshoff's on the main street.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To get here, take the train (DART) or Dublin bus #31 from the city centre.
    • There are plenty of scenic grassy areas where you can sit to enjoy your takeaway fish and chips or ice cream.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Nightlife in Howth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and Scenic village 14/03/2017
    • Day out with the Grandsons 24/02/2017
    • Waterside Howth
    Address:
    15 Harbour Road
    Howth
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 839 0555
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    St. Anne's Park, Dublin
    Parks
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    Darragh O Says:

    St. Anne's is a large and beautiful public park situated close to the coast in the northern Dublin suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf. Originally owned by the Guinness family, this park is rich in history and provides a green oasis for visitors and locals to relax side by side. Duck ponds, rolling fields, forests, playgrounds and stunning rose gardens – its varied and beautiful environment features more than enough to keep outdoors-lovers of all ages entertained. The ten follies (including a Herculanean Temple) dotted throughout the grounds, built during the Guinness estate years, are also a memorable aspect of the park – although somewhat deteriorated and in need of repair, they make a great setting for all manner of make-believe!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To get here, take the bus #29, #31 or #32.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • ohhh the roses 01/03/2017
    • Amazing near-city centre amenity 06/02/2017
    • St. Anne's Park, Dublin
    Address:
    James Larkin Road
    Clontarf, Raheny
    Dublin 3
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 222 5278
    Other:
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