Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe, and its capital city is especially family-friendly. So, it’s not just the grown-ups who'll be entertained in lively Dublin – there’s plenty on offer for the kids, too. Parents with toddlers or teens can expect a warm welcome wherever they go, and enjoy a range of citywide attractions from historic sites to sandy beaches and the vast green space of Phoenix Park. Plus, with a whole host of imaginative and creative indoor spaces, it doesn’t matter what the Irish weather hurls at you because there'll always be something to do.


    Viking Splash Tours

    Dublin is a compact city and most of its central attractions are within walking distance of each other. The bustling streets can be busy enough to slow you down though, so it's often easier to book your Dublin adventures and zip between the city sights in style and comfort. The big yellow Viking Splash Tour amphibious WWII vehicle is a familiar sight on the roads and along the waterways of central Dublin. Climb aboard to explore the city and learn its history while roaring like a Viking at passers-by.

    Location: St Stephens Green North, Dublin 2, Ireland

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Reservations are recommended.

    Phone: +353 (0)1 707 6000


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    It doesn't take long to fall in love with Dublin, which offers all the modern shops and entertainments of other capital cities but also has a distinctive charm and flair that sets it apart. Certain attractions and activities, like the Dublinia living history museum, are 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.

    Location: St Michaels Hill, Christ Church, Dublin 8, Ireland

    Open: March–September: daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm. October–February: daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 679 4611


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    Gallagher’s Boxty House

    You may think of the spud as being rather humble, but Boxty does glorious things with Ireland’s staple food. The Boxty potato pancakes are a must-try, covered with whatever sauce you like. The kids’ menu doesn’t patronise, but instead offers smaller versions of traditional crowd-pleasers like Irish stew and potato dumplings.

    Location: 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 10.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 677 2762


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    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. You'll get an unbeatable view over the city, Dublin Bay, and the mountains beyond.

    Location: Cusack Stand, Croke Park, St Joseph’s Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +353 (0)1 819 2323


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    Butler's Chocolate Experience

    You don't need a golden ticket to visit this chocolate factory and museum. You can follow your nose through the exhibits to the sweet-smelling kitchen where delicious treats are made and create your own chocolate masterpiece.

    Location: Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park, Coolock, Co. Dublin, D17 A076, Ireland

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5.30 pm. Reservations are recommended.

    Phone: +353 (0)1 671 0599


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    National Leprechaun Museum

    • Families
    • History

    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.

    Location: Twilfit House, Jervis St, Dublin 1, Ireland

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 873 3899


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    Dublin Bus Tour

    There are several competing open-top bus tours offering hop-on, hop-off services around the city. The best-known is run by Dublin Bus, whose expert guides provide fun, informative, and sometimes hilarious commentary en route.

    Location: 59 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland

    Open: Mondays from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 5.30 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, Sundays from 9.30 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 844 4265


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    • Families

    Dublin helps to spark big imaginations in little people with creative play, performing arts, and hands-on learning. What does your child want to be for the day? Construction worker, chef, or monster? Anything is possible at Imaginosity, Dublin’s children’s museum. They can engage in free play in different sections of the museum, or get involved with structured performances and puppet shows.

    Location: The Plaza Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland

    Open: Mondays from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm in the winter and from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm in the summer, Tuesday–Friday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays from 10.00 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 217 6130


    The Ark

    • Families

    Aimed at toddlers to pre-teens, The Ark is a unique cultural centre which promotes all kinds of art, from literature to drama. You can just go to watch a show, or get messy adding to themed art galleries. There are also music and performance workshops for families to participate in.

    Location: 11A Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 A590, Ireland

    Open: The booking office is open Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 670 7788


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    Luigi Malones

    The original Luigi Malone was half-Italian and half-Irish, and the restaurant continues that transnational tradition, with a mix of local ingredients and Italian-inspired dishes. There’s a special kids' menu, and they’ll love the chance to create their own pizzas. Plus, early-bird deals are ideal for family meals.

    Location: 5 Cecilia Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 12 pm to 9 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 12 pm till late, Sundays from 12 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +353 (0)1 679 2723


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    Jump Zone

    • Families
    • Adventure

    This is one place where kids are actively encouraged to bounce off the walls. Jump Zone is a huge indoor trampoline centre, with spaces for general jumping, as well as smaller rooms for parties and bouncy games.

    Location: 71-73 Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18, Ireland

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 3 pm to 6.30 pm, Friday from 2.30 pm to 8 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11.30 am to 8 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +353 (0)1 293 9356


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