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Some Ideas for Family Fun in Dublin!
Children’s Multi Sports Camps at Trinity College
Children’s multi sports camps run throughout the summer and include lots of fun and challenging sports both indoors and outdoors. Camp activities include climbing, swimming, trampolining, tag rugby, basketball, football, tennis, rounders, athletics, gaelic games and many more. Camps are suitable for children aged 4 – 13years and run from 9.30am - 4.30pm. You can avail of pre & post camp care from 8.30am-5.30pm at an additional charge. Camp dates are listed below;
July Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August
Cost Camp: €147 per child per week Pre & Post camp care: €42 per child per week Trinity College offer a camp discount for siblings at €5 per child per camp
The Old Library and the Book of Kells Book of Exhibition, Trinity College Dublin
A “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.
The Book of Kells is open from 9.30am daily.
Family Ticket (2 adults and 4 children) €18
The Natural History Museum, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Walking distance from Trinity College Dublin)
The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History exhibits galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, also geological exhibits from a total collection of about 2 million scientific specimens. Children will be amazed as soon as they walk in the entrance of this unique Museum. And we're pretty sure that parents will enjoy it too!
Open times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 2pm- 5pm.
Admission is FREE
Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, (Walking distance from Trinity College Dublin)
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is a gallery of modern art and has a fantastic collection of works by artists such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Jack B. Yeats. Have you ever seen a couch made with thousands of hairclips, oil paint squeezed onto a canvas in thick colourful blobs or one of the smallest horses in the world? Well, you can at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Opens from 10am Tuesday to Saturday or 11am Sunday.
Admission is FREE
The Science Gallery- The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin
The Science Gallery is a place where science and art collide is a world first. A new type of venue where today's white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say; it is ranked as amongst the top ten free cultural attractions in Ireland. Throughout each exhibition, there are events, talks, debates and workshops, giving you a chance to get involved. Exhibitions are free and so are some events.
Open from 12 noon Tuesday to Sunday
Admission is FREE
National Leprechaun Museum Jervis Street, Dublin 1
The National Leprechaun Museum, the first attraction dedicated to Irish Mythology, opens up a fun and magical world of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories.
Dublin Zoo - Phoenix Park, Dublin
Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin City, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction. Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled day but a place to learn about wild animals. Dublin Zoo is home to some 400 animals in safe environment where education and conservation are combined for an exciting and memorable experience.
Dublin Zoo is open from 9.30am daily.
Family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) €44.50
Viking Splash Tours, Dublin 2 (Walking distance from Trinity College Dublin)
Join Viking Splash Tours on a thrilling tour around the main sights of Dublin City - by land and water! Tour route takes in most of the major sights in South Dublin City including: Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Government buildings, the Dublin Docklands plus much, much more!
First tour departs at approx. 10am daily and run every 30 minutes.
Family (2 Adults + 3 Children) €65
Outside of Dublin City Centre!
Howth, North Dublin
Located on the north side of Dublin Bay Howth is served by the DART suburban rail system and Dublin Bus. Howth is a popular tourist destination with excellent views across Dublin Bay, including the best places to eat and drink and scenic Coastal Hill Walks. Howth has a wealth of history, literature and historical monuments waiting to explore such as Howth Castle, Baily Lighthouse, the Museum of vintage radio and the National Transport Museum.
The ‘Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy’ Museum of vintage radio
Located in the Martello Tower exhibits radios and gramophones, chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s to date. Open from 11am daily. Admission Admission €5
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dublin 14
Dundrum Town Centre is Ireland's biggest and best centre for shopping (with over 169 stores), restaurants, movies and theatre. Dundrum Town Centre is approximately 15 minutes on the Luas Green Line (at St Stephens Green). Exit the Luas at the “Balally” stop which is only a few minutes walk (estimated time: 5 minutes) from the Town centre.
Rainforest Adventure Golf - Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dublin 16
Rainforest Adventure Golf is a purpose built indoor mini golf centre at the Dundrum Town Centre in South Dublin. This is ideal for children, teens and grownups. This is the only themed indoor mini golf venue of its kind in Ireland.
Prices vary from €8 to a family ticket €28 per round
Giddy Studio’s - Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14
Giddy Studio’s is a place for kids, teens and grownups. Pottery painting is a great kid’s activity and a brilliant way for children to express their creativity. Perfect for a rainy day!
Dundrum is located in South Dublin, approximately 15 minutes’ drive from the Ballsbridge area, where the Aviva Conference Centre is located.
Costs approximately €5.00 and you pay for what you paint.