Dublin with kids

Dublin is a great place to take the kids. Even if the weather isn’t so good, the welcome is always warm - and there’s plenty to keep the young 'uns entertained whatever the seasons are throwing at you.

Things to do

  • Ark Children’s Cultural Centre - Slap bang in the middle of Temple Bar, this place is hugely popular for its interactive kids’ events. They're aimed at getting youngsters interested in science, the environment and culture. Book well ahead.
  • Dublinia - Attached to Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia offers a trip back to medieval Dublin using wax dummies, hands-on displays and recreated streetscapes. The Viking stuff is a hit with the kids, especially the longboat.
  • Dublin Zoo - The city zoo is set in the capital’s huge Phoenix Park and has plenty of cute animals to keep the kids cooing. Bonuses include the chance to 'Meet the Keepers' and ride on a train through the grounds.

Where to eat

  • Gotham Café - When the 'but I’m hungry' wailing becomes unbearable, bundle the little darlings into this cool café just off Grafton Street. The kids’ menu includes 'Smiley Face' pizza and bagels with chocolate spread.
  • Luigi Malones - After you’ve fed their minds at the Ark, head round the corner to feed their stomachs at this place. The lunchtime kids’ menu is a great deal.

Things to plan for in advance

  • Transport is limited in Dublin, so there’s a lot of walking needed to see all the city has to offer. That said, children under five get to travel free on what public transport there is.
  • Pubs don’t allow children under 16 in after 7pm (some restaurants are the same). Go early for your dinner and pint.
  • Public toilets and baby-changing areas aren’t very plentiful – big shopping centres are your best bet.

For all that Dublin has to offer, don't forget to check out our Dublin destination page.

Looking for more tips on family travel? Check out our dedicated Travel with Children page. Or double-down and snap up a copy of Lonely Planet's Travel with Children guide.

This article was refreshed in June 2012