Dublin has a lot more to it then pubs and a vibrant nightlife! There are plenty of other attractions apart from kid-friendly places that are great to visit on a trip to the city. From a thrilling visit to Phoenix Zoo (kids just love it) to the spending a lovely afternoon at Phoenix Park there are a lot of wonderful activities to do with the family.
If you want to make the most of your trip to Dublin and not have the hassle of having to travel long distances, stay in the city centre. There are plenty of boutique hotels in Dublin city centre that are ideal for the family to stay at an affordable price too.
Some of the interesting places to visit with the family are:
The National Leprechaun Museum
If you want to find leprechauns in Ireland or that matter in the world, you will find them exclusively at the National Leprechaun Museum. It is an intriguing place to visit to learn about Irish mythology. There are various interactive exhibits that narrate Irish folklore as well! A great place to learn about the culture of the Celtics and the Irish, it is just the place to let your imagination soar, a place that is magical. The kids will love every minute spent at the place.
One of the most kid-friendly museums in the city Imaginosity is an interactive museum that encourages the process of learning through activities. With interesting workshops on a variety of subjects ranging from Science to the arts, theatre performances, music and fascinating hands-on exhibits, it will keep the both adults and children happily occupied for hours at a time. If you do plan to visit on the weekend it is best to book your tickets in advance. The majority of the events and activities are for kid of the age of 9 or less. If the kids develop hunger pangs there is a cosy little cafe to grab a bite. A terrific place, it is a must see!
The Park lies of the north of the Liffey River and is spread over an impressive 1,750 acres. It also has a 7 mile (approximately) long wall that encloses the park, making it the out of the biggest walled parks of its kind. It is perfect to explore with the kids whether it is going on hiking trails or deer spotting on the grounds. Apart from a zoo, there is the Furry Glen with its lake, Ratra House (Winston Churchill stayed here as a kid) and the State Guest House. It also served as the headquarters for the Civil Defence for more than half a century. While there visit the Irish Defence McKee Barracks (formerly Marlborough Barracks) that was built in 1888. There always are some sports activities to join up in the area.
Located with Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo that was founded in 1831. There are more than 600 animal species that inhabit about 70 acres. The highlight is the safari area where visitors can catch sight of ostriches, giraffe, zebras and rhinos. With workshops, cafes and daily feeding sessions there is a lot to keep the little ones engaged. Also popular is a ride on the tram at the zoo. It is also a perfect spot to enjoy a lovely family picnic in the tranquil surroundings!