fun things to do with kids in dublin ireland - family travel   Travel for Kids


Dublin, so named when the Vikings sailed their ships into Dublin Bay in 836 and set up their trading base near a "black pool," called Dubh Linn by the local Irish people. The Vikings were followed by the Anglo-Normans, then the English, and in 1921, Dublin became the capital of the independent Republic of Ireland. Traveling around Dublin with kids is easy – the city center is very compact.
  City Centre – Trinity College
    Old City – Viking and medieval town
    Dublin day trips
    Walk along the River Liffey – If anyone in your family loves bridges, this is the place to go. The river is criss-crossed by all sorts of bridges – pedestrian bridges, wide car bridges, elevated train brides, and each one is different. Walk west along the river, checking out each bridge.
    Viking Splash Tours – For an hour long tour around town, this is great fun. Ride in an amphibious vehicle through the city, ending with a big splash in the Grand Canal Harbor. Pick up the tour at St. Stephen's Green (Grafton and Dawson St.) or Bull Alley St. by St. Patrick's Cathedral.
    National Aquatic Centre – Need an afternoon to relax in a huge indoor water park? It takes a car to get there, but the National Aquatic Center has a wave pool, water slides, surfing machine, giant flume, water coaster and lazy river.
travel tools dublin ireland

A super way to explore Dublin is a hop on – hop off bus. 20 stops around the city, including Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Castle, the National Museums. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can board the double-decker bus anywhere on the route:

Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus
Get The Dublin Pass, an all-in-one card for entrance to Christ Church, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, National Museums of Archaeology & History, Natural History and Decorative Arts, and day trips to Malahide to see Malahide Castle, Tara's Palace and the Fry Model Railway. Savings for the whole family:
The Dublin Pass
kids books dublin
kids Dublin: A 3D Keepscape Cityscape  

Open the small box and fold out a charming miniature cityscape of Dublin – 12 different places, including Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Merrion Square, Trinity College, and fun facts about each landmark. (Mini book)


Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
Martin Jenkins, Chris Riddell

Action packed retelling of Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift, who was not only a writer, but the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Marvelous, panoramic illustrations bring to life Gulliver in Lilliput, the giants of Brobdingnag, beastly Yahoos and floating island of Laputa. (Chapter book)


dublin childrens books Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
Color Your Own Book of Kells childrens books dublin  

Before you see the original Book of Kells at Trinity College, be your own artist with drawings to color – lions, eagles, snakes, angels, peacocks, scenes from the gospels, intricate spirals and curlycues. Fun for all ages. (Coloring book)



Fabulous animated feature, a quest to complete an incredible book that will illuminate the darkness – the Book of Kells. Brendan, a young monk, must search deep in the forest for tiny berries to make colors, defeat the monster Crom Cruach, and save the book from Viking raiders. Magical! (DVD video)


The Secret of Kells
(More children's books on other Dublin and Ireland pages)