Sightseeing with little ones can be challenging. Here are some tips that will not only save you money but make your day a lot less stressful and much more enjoyable:
- Buy a SIM card for your mobile phone so you can have mobile internet access when out and about. I will needed maps, directions, web search and TripAdvisor in order to navigate and explore a brand new city. Cost approx. €20 for a pre-paid SIM with 1GB of data.
- Plan your day-research online for fun things for kids to do in Dublin (. Hotel staff can provide more ideas
- Purchase a “Dublin Pass” card. This handy little green card provides discounts or free entry to dozens of attractions around Dublin.
- Purchase a 2-day hop-on-hop-off bus pass–it’s a real cash-saver–can be used on public buses around town as well.
Here we listed 10 fun-filled days – and that’s just for starters!
- Dublin Zoo: One of Europe’s best zoos. Easy access with the hop-on hop-off bus.
- Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum: A great introduction to Ireland’s history. Located out of town but on the hop-on, hop-off bus route.
- The National Museum — Archeology: Features items pulled from the bogs (including mummified bodies) and a viking exhibit that are very popular with kids.
- The Natural History Museum (a.k.a. the Dead Zoo): An amazing collection of animals that kids love.
- Viking Splash: Tour Dublin and get a (small) spattering of history aboard an amphibious WWII vehicle.
- Take the DART train to Howth (north) or Bray (south): Get to the coast, go for a walk, play on the beach, and take a break from the city.
- Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin Explore the Cliffs of Moher on a 12-hour tour from Dublin, and travel back through Ireland’s rich heritage on a scenic drive to the Galway coast. Stop en route for spectacular photo opportunities in Kinvara fishing village, Bunratty Castle and more.
- Full-Day Scenic Tour of Giant’s Causeway Discover the legend of the Giant’s Causeway on a 12-hour scenic tour that also includes a visit to Belfast, and the imposing Dunluce Castle atop the basalt cliffs of County Antrim. Get panoramic views across to Scotland, drive the coastal road and more.
- Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin Discover the magic of Blarney Castle and Gardens on a full-day tour from Dublin, kiss the famous Blarney Stone and take a panoramic drive through County Cork.
- Dublin Duck Tour: 75-Minute City Tour by Land and Water Climb aboard a re-conditioned World War II amphibious vehicle for a 75-minute tour of Dublin by land and water. Costumed Viking captains will take you through Georgian Dublin before splashing into The Grand Canal Basin, still in your vehicle!
Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Dublin, Ireland
Intercontinental Dublin (Formerly the Four Seasons Dublin.)(luxury)
The Four Seasons Westin Dublin (luxury)
The Merrion Hotel (luxury)
Camden Court Hotel (moderate)
Parkway Guesthouse (budget)
Family Apartments in Dublin
Apartment rentals for families in Dublin, Ireland. All rentals are centrally located (walking distance to the main sights) and have kitchens. Most have washer/dryer and free wifi.