Five Great Dublin Family Attractions
Dublin is a great city for a weekend visit, no wonder it’s become such a popular location for stag and hen parties. But outside the entertainment possibilities for adults, Dublin has cultivated some great visitor attractions that are ideal for all the family. So if you’re stuck for ideas on how to entertain your kids during a stay in Dublin, this is the ideal list of Top 5 suggestions on where to bring your family. Drop your bags and toys down in budget accommodation like Travelodge Dublin Hotels, and really wow your kids when they come to Dublin.
1: Dublin’s Airfield Trust
Now firmly one of the favourites for both visitors to Dublin and Dubliners themselves, Airfield is Dublin’s only working urban farm. With an amazing location on a 35-acre estate in the heart of Rathfarnham and in the heart of prime city land, this family favourite is only a short drive or Luas ride from the city centre but a complete world away once you step inside its gates. Your kids can meet the animals and gain a real understanding of how agriculture works and how the food that they eat ends up on their plates. Beside the farm-related fun activities, there are exhibitions on the doughty former owners and their vintage cars as well as well-maintained house gardens for the adults to enjoy.
2: Viking Splash Tour of Dublin
Express your inner kid alongside your family on this moving feast of fun. Clamber abroad a bright yellow amphibious vehicle and explore the Dublin sights from the road and then the water. Oh, by the way, you have to wear a Viking helmet complete with horns! The driver and tour guide will instruct you on the history of the city and then encourage you to roar and cheer as you startle passers-by exploring the city before plunging into the river Liffey to get a very different perspective of Dublin from the water towards the end of this hour long excursion.
3: Dublin’s Phoenix Park
The Phoenix Park in Dublin is a must-see for a family visiting the city. It’s the largest city park in Europe and it has plenty to occupy the most demanding kids and adults. The primary attraction is Dublin Zoo which has over a million visitors every year. Set over 28 hectares Dublin Zoo is home to all the exotic animals that children and adults find fascinating. But there’s plenty more in the Phoenix Park to enjoy, especially when it’s not raining! As you’d expect there’s loads of open green space to run around in but there’s also Ashtown Demesne to explore and a Victorian Tea Kiosk to revive in. And best of all, it’s right in the centre of town, near Dublin’s main train terminus, Heuston Station.
4: Jump Zone in Dublin City
If your kids are going stir crazy visiting too many museums or having spent too much time cooped up because the weather has closed in? Then the Jump Zone in Sandyford, County Dublin is the place to take your children. As a 20,000 square foot indoor trampoline park, the first of its kind in Ireland, your younger kids can really jump away their frustrations in jumping activities such as trampoline Dodgeball and trampoline Aerobics. The exhausted parents can look on benignly as they relax with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in the café inside.
5: Butlers Chocolate Experience Dublin
If you’re looking for something all kids and most adults like, then chocolate is your answer. And for all chocoholics visiting Dublin, some time spent at the Butlers Chocolate Experience or a Butlers Chocolate Café is perfect time spent. Explore the home of one of Ireland’s most successful and award-winning chocolate makers, going since 1932. If you know your fudge from your toffee, then this Butlers experience is for you. Close to Dublin Airport, at Butlers there are movies to watch, chocolate museums to enjoy and a visit to the factory itself to savour the sweet aroma of chocolate being made. If you fancy putting your own unique mark on chocolate, then this is the place for you. The Experience room gives visitors the opportunity to decorate your own chocolate and thankfully you can take it with you as you leave. Whether it survives the journey home is entirely a question for you and your conscience.