5 Fun Things to do in Dublin, Ireland for Families

The Republic of Ireland is the perfect family destination. Not only does the Emerald Isle have a magical history of Normans, fairies, castles, sweeping hills and gorgeous views that inspire an international adventure, the fair city of Dublin has so many family-friendly attractions. Here is our list of fun things to do in Dublin, Ireland:

Music Appreciation at the National Concert Hall
Located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s National Concert Hall is one of the premier concert halls of Europe. Their award-winning concerts and family-friendly music activities allow your kids to interact with exceptional musicians as they have fun with music. Check their family activities page for the most up-to-date info on concerts, classes and upcoming music festivals.

Walking the cobbled streets of Temple Bar
Recently renovated Temple Bar includes several blocks filled with music, open air markets, great restaurants and shopping. No matter whether it’s day or night, this area is always filled with people. I loved trying out new foods in the cute cafés, watching people move by and planning my next Irish adventure.

Fun things to do in Dublin Ireland - Temple Bar
Spend time on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar enjoying the shops, restaurants and people watching.

Picnic at Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park one of the largest parks in Europe with over 1,000 acres of land. This beautiful property includes the official residence of the President of Ireland or Áras an Uachtaráin to locals, the Dublin Zoo, playgrounds and Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower. The park is open 24 hours a day with no admission fee to enjoy the grounds and free children’s activities on the weekends, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature on your vacation to Ireland.

Fun things to do in Dublin Ireland - Phoenix Park
Spending time enjoying the outdoors in Phoenix Park is one of the fun things to do in Dublin, Ireland for families.

Walking Safari at the Dublin Zoo
No family trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Dublin Zoo. Located on a 70-acre park with over 500 animals on display, your kids will love exploring the zoo through their own self-guided safari. Bring a stroller or a wagon because little feet will get tired after seeing all the Asian lions, Sumatran tigers and countless other species in the zoo. The majority of the zoo is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Before heading to the zoo, check out the animal feeding schedule and activities page so you don’t miss a thing.

Walking the grounds and halls of Trinity College and the Old Library
Trinity College is famous for the Book of Kells, a beautifully illustrated manuscript of early Christian art that dates from the 9th century, and it is also a highly regarded academic institution. Your kids will love walking around Trinity College and taking in the splendor of the Old Library. It’s free to enter Trinity College and the Old Library, but there is a fee to see the actual Book of Kells. However, it’s worth the money and time to see the actual book because two volumes are on display. And, as you walk through the halls to the book, you learn about the time and effort it took to create this work of art. Your kids will appreciate the written word so much more after a visit to Trinity College.

Fun things to do in Dublin Ireland - Trinity College and the Old Library
The Book of Kells is a must-see in the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin.

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Usher’s Quay photo by Giuseppe Milo / CC BY 2.0
Temple Bar photo by William Murphy / CC BY-SA 2.0
Phoenix Park photo by Tambako / CC BY-ND 2.0
Old Library photo by Rob Hurson / CC BY-SA 2.0

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