Flights have been cheap from the UK to Ireland now for quite some time, and if you loved the culture and vibrancy of Dublin the first time round, why not come back and share those experiences with the kids? Although Guinness is great, there’s so much more in the capital that will enthral both children and adults alike.
It can be tough entertaining children on a holiday at any time and so much more so when faced with a capital city to explore. Little legs get tired quickly, so plan ahead and make the most of Dublin’s transport system, to shuttle you between destinations. The 3 Day Freedom Ticket is designed for tourists to get the most out of their stay. Including the Airlink – City Centre Airport express, the Dublin Bus City Tour, all commuter services, map and guide, this is excellent value. As a bonus many attractions offer discounts with presentation of your Freedom Ticket.
When you want to take a break from the bus, take a sightseeing cruise on the Liffey. Children will appreciate the novel means of transportation, whilst this provides a perfect opportunity for adults to get (re)acquainted with Dublin’s fascinating folklore and riverside architecture.
Fun for everyone, Dublin Zoo boasts of being one of the most modern zoos in Europe. Kids will love watching and imitating the baboons, getting scared in the reptile house and touching all the animals in the pets’ corner. Celebrating 180 years this June with special events taking part throughout the month, check for details before you go.
Ideal for sports enthusiasts, and certain to bring father and son together, the Croke Park Experience takes you on a tour around the magical stadium. Enter the dressing rooms, unnervingly quiet and empty, and imagine the scene before a big match out by the pitch. Try your hand at hurling, or Gaelic football, by means of clever interactive games and relive the history of these sports through touch screen technology.
Artworks Café brings together families through the medium of pottery. Get the kids to design their own pot, animal or mug and you can try your hand at a traditional pottery wheel. All creations, once finished and perfected, are property of the creators, and will make memorable, unique souvenirs.
Something for the younger children, below 9 years of age, and their families, Imaginosity’s mission is to “inspire life-long learning through play, igniting imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery”. This interactive children’s museum is spread over 2.5 floors, in which kids can explore everyday situations at their own pace, role-playing and dressing up along the way. They will be sure to love the reconstructed, child friendly ‘Town Centre’ and will not be able to get enough of the ‘The Climber’!
Whatever age the kids are, there is always something going on in this amazing capital to captivate them. Whether it’s a long break, or short weekend stay be sure to bring the kids next time you visit Dublin.