Top ten things to do in Dublin as a family

I have had a strange relationship with my home city of Dublin since leaving thirteen years ago. On reflection, I think this was mainly related to the economic recession. It just seemed depressed for a long time. I have been home so many times this year and it’s made me fall back in love with it! I’ve been reminiscing about my trips to the west coast of Ireland as a kid. Things are really  picking up for the country. I have always sworn I would never move home although, lately, I have been questioning this.  We all know Ireland is beautiful and there’s many day trips from the city. However today I want to I want to focus on the city.There are so many things to do in Dublin.

Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin

  1. Have a picnic in Stephen’s Green

    This pretty park is set in the centre of Dublin. The beautifully manicured grounds will ensure some pretty photos. In particular the large pond with hanging trees and stone foot bridge is our favourite spot. There is also a playground for little ones.Dublin as a family

  2. Go on a hike in the Dublin Mountains

    One of my favourite things to do when I am home is visit the nearby mountains. Glendalough is a beautiful ancient monastery beside a perfect reflection lake. There are a couple of trails in the area and a boardwalk around the lake that is ideal for families. I literally do this every time I am home. Related: Hiking in Ireland.

  3. Visit the Leprechaun Museum

    This is nothing like a normal museum. It is more of a visual and sensory fun place with its giant chairs, optical mirrors and crazy tunnels. The child in me feels that you don’t necessarily need your kids with you to enjoy it! However, if they are with you, they will love it just as much.

  4. Take a Viking Splash Tour

    A theatrical tour through Dublin centre on both land and water. It will definitely keep little ones excited and entertained.

  5. Visit Phoenix Park to see hundreds of wild deer

    See the wild deer in their natural environment. The park is beautiful for a long walk with good links to the city centre on a bus.

  6. Stroll along Grafton street

    A beautiful street with great shops, no cars, only pedestrians. My favourite is listening to the many buskers play music along the way. I definitely detour every time I am nearby to make sure I walk down this street.

    Dublin as a family. Dublin Wall Art.

    Dublin as a family. Busker in Grafton Street Dublin

  7. Hop on a bus from the centre to the Botanical Gardens

    Only ten minutes outside the city, the serene and peaceful gardens are perfect for a family stroll.

  8. Have lunch at the Bad Ass Café

    Located in Temple Bar it is well known for its delicious food by locals and tourists alike.

  9. Johnnie Fox’s Pub

    The highest pub in Ireland. They serve amazing Irish food as well as live traditional music daily. The views over Dublin Mountains are spectacular. It is lovely to sit in the garden in the summer or cosy up inside in front of the warm fire in the winter. If you have kids, a day time visit for lunch would be ideal and if you are on a weekend without the little ones a shuttle bus runs from the city centre every day. We go here every time we go home!

    Dublin as a family.

  10. Visit Imaginosity Children’s Museum

    An educational museum for children under 9. It has a wide range of sensory activities and experiences from a roof garden to Rapunzel castles. This museum is a outside the city centre but worth a visit.

  11. Take a walk along Dublin’s coast

    There a train to the coast of Dublin from the centre. Some of our favourite spots are Dun Laoghaire and Howth Bay. Walk along the pier, get some chips or a nice ice cream. Howth is particularly well-known for its gourmet high quality restaurants.

Dublin as a family. Esme in the park.

Help me find new places to explore!

Have you been to Dublin as a family and have some favourite places? I would love to know… Let me and everyone else reading this know in the comments below.

Here are some pics from the family photo album from time spent in Dublin as a family…
Dublin as a Family

Dublin as a family

Dublin as a family. Travel Mad Mum and family in Dublin.

Dublin as a family. St Stephens Park.

2019-05-06T14:20:02+00:006 Comments


  1. Sadia Mohammed October 23, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Hi Karen

    We recently got back from Dublin – went to see the Wicklow mountains which were lovely. Unfortunately we couldn’t spend a lot of time there as were on a tour bus which only stopped there briefly (it was very windy too and I don’t think we would have managed it for long with a 5 year old and a baby!) but if you have your own transport and nice/mild weather it would definitely be worth a visit x

    Sadia, Glasgow

    • Karen October 25, 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

      Oh we love it there too. It is so close to my parents house and near where I grew up x

  2. Liam Edwards January 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Ireland a great country you have only explored a fraction of it

  3. Martin Thom March 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks Karen – some great idea’s a bit more down to earth than the usual tourist recommendations. We’re coming for 5 days – 2 adults and 2 kids (11 & 8) and wonder if you can recommend the best way and best package to allow us to travel. We’re arriving from the airport and will be staying on the Luas route

    • Karen March 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Hey there, are you meaning transport around Dublin?

  4. Johlene Orton August 7, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Ireland always looks so beautiful to me! Going has always been at the top of my bucket list!

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