The historic capital of Ireland, Dublin is a picturesque city perched on the edge of Dublin Bay. Surrounded by vibrant green mountains, the city’s magnificent castles contrast with the modern architecture of the bustling streets. Dublin is a fantastic city to explore with kids, with many fun and educational activities for the whole family. Enjoy a tempting tour of a chocolate factory or experience life as a Viking in medieval times.
Here are our top five family friendly activities in Dublin.
The National Wax Museum Plus
Kids will love the exciting interactive activities at the National Wax Museum in Dublin. Designed to present a unique snap shot of Irish culture and history, guests are taken on an entertaining journey through a variety of fascinating exhibits. Admire detailed life-like wax characters, as you visit the writer’s room, the hall of Irish legends, the green screen video room and the recording studio. Kids can spend time in the children’s zone of discovery which focuses on imaginative play. The pillars are painted like sweet treats and there are colourful recognizable wax figures on display, including television favourites such as the Simpsons. Little ones can peek in the tunnel of four worlds or enjoy a puppet show or movie.
Butler’s Chocolate Experience
Those with a sweet tooth must try the Ultimate Butlers Chocolate Experience Tour. Opened in 1932, Butlers in Dublin offers a unique behind the scenes excursion into the wonderful world of a working chocolate factory. Learn about the humble cocoa bean and how this prized ingredient becomes delicious handcrafted chocolate. There will be plenty of chocolate tasting along the way as you watch the Butlers chocolate movie, wander the Butlers chocolate museum and follow the chocolate timeline. Finish the tour with a magical demonstration by a master chocolatier in the experience room, before decorating your very own chocolate novelty.
Considered one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the Dublin Zoo is perfect for a family day out. Located in Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, the zoo covers 28 hectares and is home to 400 animals from all over the world. Guests can visit the remarkable animals in the African Savanna including giraffes, zebras and rhinoceros or see the gorillas in the new Gorilla Rainforest. The Asian Forest is where you will find tigers, lions and monkeys. There are also a number of beautiful bird species throughout the park or take little ones to the Family Farm. Be sure to check the zoo’s schedule as there are many fascinating talks and feedings daily.
Imaginosity is a creative and colourful children’s museum in Dublin. Specifically designed for kids under the age of nine, this museum is filled with hands on activities to stimulate and teach young minds. Spread out across three floors, kids will first enter the town centre where they can tour the supermarket, send a letter at the post office or visit the butcher. The library is where little ones can find their new favourite book while the performance area is where stars can shine with costumes and props for role play. Visit the outdoor roof garden, explore Dr. Apple-a-day’s office or tumble inside the Climber, a unique two story playground.
Discover Ireland’s rich history with a visit to Dublinia. This unique attraction offers guests the opportunity to experience Viking and Medieval Dublin. Featuring three different exhibitions, guests will travel back in time to discover what life was like for past citizens. See how the city has been transformed as you wander along a bustling medieval street, play medieval games and visit a rich merchant’s kitchen. Learn of life onboard a Viking war ship as you become a true Viking warrior and admire genuine medieval artefacts, including a medieval skeleton.