Top Things to Do With Kids in Dublin

Dublin isn't the largest city in the world, which can be a blessing for younger visitors. It's easy to explore much of the city centre on foot, or jump on a short journey by bus or tram. 

Likewise the city's main museums are manageable in size, from the Natural History Museum (aka 'the dead zoo') to the Science Gallery, a contemporary addition to Trinity College with centuries of history. There are some perfect for families, such as Dublinia and National Wax Museum Plus, with plenty of interactive exhibits where fun meets learning. 

Dublin is known for not having the best weather, but in addition to the indoor attractions, there's plenty of outdoor fun to have should the sun shine. In the city centre there's St Stephen's Green, with summer recitals in the bandstand, and the expansive Phoenix Park where there are bikes for hire for all ages. 

Dublin Zoo

Housed inside Phoenix Park, the zoo was founded in 1830, making it one of the world’s oldest. It now features many thousands of species from around the globe in its 28 hectares.

Dublinia

On the site where the Medieval Dublin meets the modern day capital, this family-friendly interactive museum tells the story of the Viking and medieval worlds, and how archaeologists have pieced together the jigsaw of the city’s history with local excavations.

National Wax Museum Plus

This fun visitor interactive experience uses lifelike wax figures to tell the story of Ireland’s history through iconic personalities such as literary greats, sporting legends, and broadcasting and music icons. The Chamber of Horrors is a fun addition, with scary characters such as Hannibal Lector and Frankenstein’s monster.

Phoenix Park

As one of the world’s largest urban parks, this expanse of 707 acres was once the hunting ground for the Duke of Ormond in the 1660s. Now 30% covered by trees, and you can still spot fallow deer, plus many other animals and birds, and pretty Victorian People’s Flower Gardens.

GAA Museum

The museum of Gaelic sports in Ireland is the stadium where many of the national matches take place, in hurling (the world’s fastest field sport) and Gaelic football, which is also the headquarters of Gaelic Games.

St. Stephen's Green

Nowadays the city’s playground, this leafy expanse, south of Trinity College, has had many incarnations over the centuries. Until the 1660s it was an expanse of open ground where people grazed their cattle and public executions took place. Later it was partly fenced in and became a park.

Science Gallery

The latest addition to the Trinity College campus, this contemporary space brings art and science together, with temporary interactive exhibitions on thought-provoking issues. Regular events, debates and workshops.

Natural History Museum

One of three national museums, this was built in 1856 originally as an extension to Leinster House, to house the Royal Dublin Society’s zoological collections. Little has changed in a century, with galleries of animals from Ireland and around the world, and geological exhibits.

St. Michan's Church

Founded in 1095, this parish church is best known for its crypt, with the mummified remains of centuries-old bodies in five long burial vaults, well preserved because of the dry atmosphere.

National Botanic Gardens

Worth the trek off the beaten path to these gorgeous gardens—a real tranquil oasis. Set up in the 1830s to promote a scientific approach to agriculture, They contains over 300 endangered plant species from around the world, plus research on Irish flora, with stunning Victorian glasshouses including the Palm House.