Whenever you find yourself planning a family day out, you might be apprehensive. For some, terror ensues as they endlessly rack their brains for somewhere to take their picky young children. For others, this experience is a breeze.
However, if you’re one of those people that just can’t find fun family days out, then look no further. Whether your kids are hard to please, or an absolute breeze, we’ve got something for you! In this article we’ll be showing you our top 5 suggestions for a fun day out if you’re in County Dublin with kids.
Dublin is a brilliant city with lots to offer – with endless activities, museums, and play parks, you can easily be transported to a jam-packed, fun-filled day just outside of Dublin City Centre. We’ll be taking you through some of our top attractions for a successful day out, such as farms, castles, and… a chocolate warehouse!
Read on to find the perfect thing for your kids no matter their ages or interests: animals, water, adventure, sports – we have it all. Your trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without reading this trusty guide.
Top 5 Things to Do With the Family in Dublin
1. The Chocolate Warehouse
First up is an absolute crowd pleaser, sure to be at the heart of your experience for kids of all ages. It’s The Chocolate Warehouse! This fabulous attraction is one of the best places to take families, as it’s described as a real “chocolate wonderland”.
Clearly, you can’t go wrong with this. If you’re stuck in Dublin, children bored and restless, then bring them here. Here are some of the fabulous things that children of all ages can get up to:
- Kids can partake in seasonal activities such as Santa Visits and Easter Bunny Visits
- Visitors are shown a fun, history-filled video on the story of chocolate (so it’s a museum and a chocolate warehouse all in one)
- The staff provide a tour of the warehouse, including all the cool equipment used on-site to make chocolate
- The best part, arguably, is the hands-on session, where children themselves can become mini chocolatiers!
2. Phoenix Park
Next up on our list of things to do with your kids is Phoenix Park. This amazing, family-friendly park in County Dublin sees visits from millions of people a year… and looking at their website it’s not hard to see why.
If you’re after entirely free places to take your children, no matter the ages, and especially if they’re nature lovers – you should really consider this gorgeous Green Flag-awarded park.
There’s something for everyone of all ages – adults and kids alike – such as The People’s Gardens, The Phoenix Monument, and Ashtown Castle. Rarely will you find such variety in attractions across County Dublin, and there’s no membership fee too!
Bonus tip for the animal lovers: there are wild deer that roam the park… see if you can spot them! It includes some of the best elements of wildlife parks and museums – so don’t miss out!
3. Malahide Castle & Gardens
Our third option is, again, suited to kids of all ages… but it may be better for some of the history hunters out there… it’s Malahide’s Castle and Gardens.
This stunning heritage centre in County Dublin boasts an impressive 800 year-old heritage; and it’s the place where generations of the historic Talbot family have resided. One of the most stunning attractions in Ireland, not just County Dublin, this castle was the play-ground of some of the most important figures in the social and political history of the country.
If you’re feeling spooky, why not see if the Castle Ghosts will come out to play when you take a castle tour? Better yet, explore the peaceful tranquillity of the Butterfly House, West Lawn, and Walled Gardens. Whether you’re into nature or history, younger or older ages, you’re bound to find something for you in this true gem of County Dublin.
If you do visit, ensure to drop by the Visitor Centre for key information, bookings and prices, and much more.
4. Fort Lucan
Our penultimate pick boasts an array of fun things for your children to do. From a jam-packed adventure playground, to mini golf, Fort Lucan has it all! As an outdoor adventure land suited to kids from the ages of 2 to 14, this park truly combines a water park, a funfair, and many other things in one place.
With key attractions and activities including a “Raging River” ride, a Helter Skelter, a play area, and a mini golf course, the kids can play for hours on end without ever getting bored. County Dublin truly has never seemed more exciting!
With such a variety of fun things to do, let your cares slip away as the children play. Book tickets soon to avoid disappointment (and check the cancellation policy, rights reserved, should emergency strike).
5. Dublin Zoo
Our final pick is perfect for anybody that loves animals. It’s an old classic, of course – it’s Dublin Zoo!
This zoo is famous in Ireland for being a gem of County Dublin, and is it any wonder? With so many exciting and exotic animals, and many things to see, your children will always remember the time they spent in County Dublin with their family… and the orangutans!
Here are a few of the key things we recommend doing at this stunning Dublin-based zoo:
- Discover the diverse ecosystem of the plant collection – teach your kids about science!
- Visit the adorable penguins
- Explore a roaring feeding time with the lions
Of course, the entirety of Dublin isn’t just summarised in 5 attractions, so here are a few other things we think you may want to see!
- Explore the stunning architecture of Trinity College Dublin, the renowned university.
- Hit the high ropes at Zipit Forest Adventures.
- Stroll along the pier and munch down on fish and chips at the stunning seaside village of Dun Laoghaire.