Dublin is full of fun and exciting activities, many of which are suitable for the whole family. From museums and tours to historical sites, our capital has lots to offer. Take the kids on a day out they’ll remember, with this list of Dublin’s best family-friendly outings.
Five Family-Friendly Dublin Outings
EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum
Take a step back in time, and learn all about Ireland’s history in this interactive and immersive experience. This isn’t your standard, run-of-the-mill museum; EPIC Every Person Is Connected, takes visitors on a journey of discovery, focusing on Irish emigrants and their impact on the world.
Make your way through video galleries, motion sensor quizzes and remastered audio and videos from throughout the years. From music and dance to politics and science, our little island has had a fairly significant impact on the rest of the globe. This family-friendly museum will have you feeling prouder than ever of your Irish heritage.
Butlers Chocolate Experience
Explore Dublin’s very own chocolate factory with the Butlers Chocolate Experience. Since 1932, Butlers has been supplying Ireland with its deliciously sweet chocolate products, and now you can learn all about the history and how these amazingly creamy chocolates are made.
As part of the tour, you can learn all about the origins of Butler Chocolate with the chocolate movie, followed by a tour around the interactive museum and a visit to the chocolate gallery. You’ll also be treated to an up-close demonstration from the chocolatiers and learn all of the techniques, before taking on the challenge of decorating your own chocolate figure.
The National Wax Museum Plus
Head to Dublin’s National Wax Museum Plus for a chance to meet all of your favourite characters and celebrities in the flesh (well, not quite). Ireland’s first and only wax museum allows visitors to explore rooms and rooms full of convincing wax models.
From the celebrated Irish writers to the world’s most famous pop stars and television personalities, you’ll come face to face with some of the best. For the little ones, the museum’s Wax World experience is a full of familiar faces. Between superheroes, cartoon characters and figures from their favourite films, they’re sure to be starstruck.
Take a trip back in time to the marvellous Dublin Castle. Built in the 13th century, the castle was once a medieval bastion, serving as a seat of British rule in Ireland. Following a devastating fire, it was refurbished and transformed into a spectacular Georgian palace in the late 17th and early 18th century. In 1922, it was handed over to the Irish government, and is still used for important national events today.
Book a tour to explore the castle’s breathtaking architecture and stunning furnishings, or help yourself to a self-guided wander around the State Apartments. The castle also hosts regular exhibitions celebrating Ireland’s rich history. Needless to say, it’s well worth the visit.
The National Botanic Gardens
Visit Glasnevin’s National Botanic Gardens for a wander through one of Ireland’s most picturesque attractions, home to over 15,000 plant species. With beautifully manicured lawns, wonderfully colourful glasshouses and plenty of fascinating sculptures, there’s lots to see and enjoy on your day out.
Head to the visitor centre and join one of the guided garden tours, or stop off at the Garden Tearoom for a light refreshment or a hot meal with panoramic views of the gardens. This one is perfect for a relaxed family outing with stunning views.