“Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money, but you can't always make memories” (author unknown)
Quite possibly the most family friendly city in all of Ireland, Dublin, has no shortage of family activities to partake in while visiting. You and your family can bring history to life as you transport back in time to visit medieval castles, visit cute and cuddly animals, or navigate your way through space in one of the science museums. The number of family based activities in Dublin are by far plentiful. Here is a compilation of our favourites that have come highly recommended. Not sure if you can squeeze them all in, but your family is sure to find something everyone will enjoy while visiting the great city of Dublin!
Have you wanted to take a trip to the Viking or Medieval era? Now is your chance! Dublinia s located the crossroads of the medieval city at Christchurch, and is known for fusing modern and old Dublin into one. History is brought alive here, where you not only learn through sight and sound, you are immersed completely in a different time period. Want to learn about the Vikings? Try on Viking clothes, become a Viking slave, visit a small smokey Viking house, learn the Viking alphabet, then hear the poetry, myths and mysteries surrounding their legacy. How about the Medieval times? See the city as it would have looked then, smell the spicy aromas, play the games of the times, visit a merchant’s kitchen, learn of warfare, crime and punishment as it was back then.
After visiting Dublinia, you and your family will have a new perspective of Dublin and its citizens throughout the ages!
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday
10.00am to 6.30pm (Last entry 5.30pm) March to September
10.00am to 5.30pm (Last entry 4.30pm) October to February
Have an animal lover in the family? Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction! Located in the heart of the city at Phoenix Park, the zoo is the greatest place to learn about native, wild and endangered animals, and makes for an amazingly fun filled family excursion. The coolest fact? It is one of the world’s oldest zoos! Since it’s opening in 1831, the 28 hectare park is now home to over 400 animals. With it’s education and conservation programs, the zoo teaches awareness and compassion for the worlds cute, cuddly or often scaly creatures that reside on the planet alongside us.
Open 363 days a year, only closed Christmas Day & St. Stephen's Day.
Hop on Hop off Tour
Your family can enjoy a day “hopping on” and “hopping off” the tour bus while partaking in Dublin’s many vibrant sights and landmarks. With over 39 stops, it is your choice whether to stay on board and enjoy the fantastic entertainment of the experienced and often comical tour guides, or depart and choose certain destinations and landmarks to explore deeper.
There are two routes to choose from. The red route focuses on the attractions within Dublin’s streets such as the National Art Gallery, the Guinness Storehouse, and the Dublin Zoo. The blue route takes you to Constitution Hill, Kings Inn Park, Croke Park and the Glasnevin Museum. Whichever route your family takes, the Hop on Hop off Tour makes for a great day in Dublin!
Kids go free with the Dublin Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 (departures every 15 minutes)
Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Center
Yes, it is just as cool as it sounds! The Aqua Zone located at the National Aquatic Center is one of the most popular and innovative water parks in all of Europe. If your family is craving some thrills and raging water adventures, this will be the destination of choice.
Facilities include: The master-blaster, which is a water roller coaster with exclusive award winning technology that blasts riders uphill on jetted water! Then allows gravity to do the rest; The Dark Hole, a darkened flume ride (only for the bravest); The Green Giant, the extremely high, which is both and high in height and speed; The Flow Rider, the indoor surfing experience; The Wave Pool, The Lazy River, and The Pirate Ship, exclusively for the younger kids. There is something wet and wild waiting for everyone at the Aqua Zone!
After all that exhausting running around with the vikings and children, you may want to seek comfort and relaxation in the PREMIER SUITES PLUS Dublin Ballsbridge as your home away from home. It is an ideal location for short or long term travellers visiting the area for some much needed family time .
The best part? While staying at the PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments of Ballsbridge, you are centrally located to visit all of our recommendations listed above, and find some of your own as you explore the amazing surroundings of your Victorian home away from home.