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
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.
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.
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.
A theatrical tour through Dublin centre on both land and water. It will definitely keep little ones excited and entertained.
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.
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.
Only ten minutes outside the city, the serene and peaceful gardens are perfect for a family stroll.
Have lunch at the Bad Ass Café
Located in Temple Bar it is well known for its delicious food by locals and tourists alike.
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!
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.
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.
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…