Dublin may be known for its pubs and partying atmosphere, but it is also a great family destination. If you are looking for somewhere to take the little ones to experience some culture, history, entertainment and discovery, then Dublin is the perfect place. We’re going to walk you through a few of the highlights of Dublin city and county that make it a great destination to take the entire family for a European getaway.
See The Animals
Dublin’s zoo is one of the largest in the world and a great way to start off your family trip. It’s located inside Phoenix Park, which is a great family attraction all on its own, even if you aren’t planning to visit the zoo. Dublin Zoo is not the only place to see some wildlife, though. The deer in Phoenix Park are friendly enough that you may be able to go up and pet some of them or feed them as they gather around you and your family. They are used to seeing people regularly, so they won’t scamper away like most deer.
Ride The Waves
You can take a tour of Dublin on the land and water in the same vehicle, thanks to the Viking Splash Tours. These tours make use of a refitted World War II amphibious vehicle that takes groups on an hour and fifteen minutes ride through Dublin. Along the way, you’ll get to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and Christ Church. These are important historical buildings that define the Dublin aesthetic. You’ll see a lot of sights from an angle that many people don’t get to experience, making for an unforgettable tour of the city.
Taste The Chocolate
For any chocolate lovers among you, there is the Chocolate Warehouse in Walkinstown. There, you can tour the warehouse and see how chocolate is made.
A 30-minute video presentation is part of the tour, and you can even decorate some chocolate yourself. Of course, there is also plenty of chocolate to buy and enjoy when the tour is over.
Take a Trip Back in Time
Dublin is known for its history, and in no place is that more apparent than in Dublinia. This is a museum and heritage centre that focus on medieval history in the area. You can visit a spooky crypt, see knights in full armour, look at the weapons and tools of the period and even visit the oldest cathedral in the area.
The museum is a recreational one, which means that there is plenty to do there, and you could easily spend an entire day there experiencing some of the activities and seeing all the relics of the past that are showcased in this museum.
Enter the Ark
The Ark is a recreational centre built with kids in mind. It has all sorts of interactive displays, and every day brings new entertainment, including music and games. Kids can spend hours trying out each of the games and seeing all the centre has to offer. You’ll find this family treasure at Temple Bar, considered to be Dublin’s tourist hotspot.