The capital city of Ireland can trace its origins back over a millennium to Viking times and beyond. It goes without saying that Dublin City has a rich cultural heritage and there is evidence of this history at every street corner. It is also a vibrant contemporary centre, with so much to offer, things to do and places to experience while on your family holiday. Enough to keep you busy for any length of stay if you have the energy!
Activities Galore in Dublin City!
There is a huge variety of activities on offer in Dublin City for your family holiday. If you are looking for walks, talks, culture and heritage, family fun, free activities or a pick of everything you will be spoiled for choice. Explore top class museums and galleries such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Gaol, the Chester Beatty Library or the National Gallery of Ireland. Visit world class heritage sites. Take in the breathtakingly beautiful Book of Kells in Trinity College Old Library Buildings. There is also St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, and many other places to visit and explore.
Get on the Water Too!
Surprisingly, there is lots to do on the water in Dublin. Take a Viking Splash Tour and be transported from the city streets into the river Liffey in an amphibious World War II style vehicle for an immersive tour of Dublin. Alternatively, you can explore Dublin by kayak or paddleboard and even take a tour along the Grand Canal or a cruise of Dublin Bay.
A Presidential Visit for your family
A special visit to experience is a guided tour of the reception rooms of Aras an Uachtarain, available on Saturdays all year round (although check the website first). Tours are an hour and best of all, they are free!
Explore the coast of Dublin
Go further afield and you will be delighted by pretty and vibrant coastal towns and villages, just outside Dublin. All worthy of day trips, or even longer more relaxing stays. Skerries in the north of Dublin, has a fine beach and some great eateries and pubs. When there do visit Skerries Mills. A day trip to the seaside town of Malahide should take in a visit to Malahide Castle as well as walks along beautiful coastal paths. Plenty of top class seafood eateries to choose from too. The pretty, unspoilt fishing village of Howth is only 30 minutes from Dublin City and another day trip contender.
Eileen Kearney of Easypeazyfamilybreaks says, “You never have to work hard at planning your daily activities on a Dublin City break, as there are so many things to do. Places and activities are fairly close together so you can do two to three things in a day. That means tired but happy kids in the evening and a good night’s sleep”.