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Family-Friendly Activities in Dublin

No matter the time of year, Dublin is a great place to visit with families of all ages and sizes. If you are staying with us at DCU Rooms you will be within easy access of many of family friendly attractions in Dublin city and just beyond.  We’ve put together a list of some of favourite places to go that are a hit with visitor and locals alike. 

Dublin Zoo

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a trip to Dublin Zoo. Located withing the Phoenix Park Dublin zoo was founded in 1830 and is one of the oldest zoos in the world. Over the years Dublin Zoo has expanded its habitats to include must loved places such as the African Savanna and the Orangutan forest. The Orangutan Forest encourages the orangutans to climb and play as they would in their natural habitat – Look up to see playful Orangutans climbing across the walkways.

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park, located just at the edge of Dublin City, is the largest enclosed park in Europe! As well as a beautiful place to take a walk or picnic, the park is filled with sites to see, including:

• Áras an Uachtaráin (Residence of the president) 

• Dublin Zoo

• Victorian Flower Gardens

• Biodiversity Information Centre

• Phoenix Café and Tea Rooms.  

The Phoenix Park was originally founded as a hunting park in the 1660s – wild deer still remain in the park to this day and can be easily seen by guests. 

EPIC Museum

The Irish Emigration museum is located just at Custom House Quay. Frequently voted among the best attractions in Europe – The Epic Museum  allows guest to find out what it means to be Irish. Visitors explore the history of Ireland and a deep look at Irish culture through the common story of emigration. Visitors can even  visit the onsite family history centre to trace their lineage and family ancestry. 

The museum holds events and special exhibitions throughout the year and is suitable for families and children.  

Glasnevin Cemetery  

Although a cemetery may not seem like a traditional fun day out  the Glasnevin has become a must do for those interested in Irish history. Glasnevin Cemetery is resting place to over 1.5million residents and among those are some key figures in Ireland’s history. Among those include Ireland’s revolutionaries,  Parnell, Countess Markievicz, and Michael Collins. A crypt for Daniel O’ Connel statesmen and founder of Glasnevin Cemetery is among the must see sites. 

Walking  tours are available but users are free to explore respectfully themselves. 

National Botanic Gardens 

Located just next to Glasnevin Cemetery lies the National Botanic gardens. The gardens were first established in 1795 to promote the study of agriculture, Today the gardens have a plethora of different species of plants as well as a visitor centre and cafe.  

Viking Splash Tour  

For children aged 3 and up the Viking Splash tour is a must!  Explore Dublin by land and water with this unique amphibious vehicle that drives straight into  the Grand Canal Docks! 


Explore Viking and medieval Dublin at Dublinia! Step back in time as you explore the interactive exhibits and immersive displays that bring the city’s medieval past to life. 

From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages, Dublinia provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who shaped the city’s history. Climb the medieval tower for panoramic views of Dublin’s skyline, wander through reconstructed medieval streets, and uncover the secrets of the past through engaging hands-on experiences. 

Dublinia is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and curious minds seeking to unravel the mysteries of Dublin’s medieval heritage.

Dublin Castle 

For over 800 years, Dublin Castle has stood as a central figure in the evolution and history of the city. Within its walls, you’ll find the country’s most significant staterooms—the State Apartments and Government buildings. To delve deeper into the castle’s treasures, guided tours of the State Apartments and the Medieval Undercroft are available on most days. These tours offer fascinating insights and unveil hidden features that are sure to captivate both adults and children. The cost of the tour is reasonable, and what’s more, children under 6 can join in the tour for free!

As you explore the vibrant city of Dublin and indulge in its family-friendly activities, finding the perfect accommodation is key to a memorable stay. 

With a range of room options, excellent amenities, and a friendly staff, DCU Rooms provide a peaceful retreat after a day of adventure. Take advantage of the convenient location, allowing easy access to Dublin’s top attractions, and rest assured that your family will have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Book your stay at DCU Rooms and make the most of your Dublin experience.

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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah is a part-time travel writer and a full-time Dubliner, born and bred in this colourful city. She loves nothing more than exploring the beauty that’s on her doorstep and enjoying the many attractions and history that Dublin has to offer. She is passionate about writing and promoting her home town to anyone who will listen!

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