Dublin City is jam packed with activities suitable for kids of all ages. From Irelands largest Zoo to a dedicated children's museum, here is a list of the best kid-friendly activities for your next trip!
Dublin Zoo is much more than just an enjoyable day out with the Zoo listed as a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and in particular endangered animals. Opened in 1831, Dublin Zoo is one of the worlds oldest and now covers over 28 hectares of Phoenix Park with 400 animals living in a safe stimulating environment. With habitats including African Savanna, Orangutan Forest, Sea Lion Cove & much more, a trip to Dublin Zoo is educational for all the family!
Walk 6 minutes to 'Leeson Street Upper', catch the 46a to Phoenix Park, hop off at 'Arbour Hill (Phoenix Park Gate) and walk 7 minutes
Dublinia & The Viking World
Experience the medieval period of Dublin’s history at Dublinia & Viking World! Learn to live like a Viking, see archaeology as a History Hunter and climb St Michaels Tower for panoramic views of the city!
Catch the 39 to Ongar on Burlington Road, Hop off at Essex Quay and walk just 5 minutes to Dublinia.
Located next to Dublinia is Christchurch Cathedral. Founded in 1030 by Norse King Sitriuc Silkenbeard, Christchurch Cathedral is associated with many prominent Irish figures including Strongbow and the patron saint of Dublin. Learn about the rich history associated with this historic landmark while soaking in the stunning architecture.
Catch the 39 to Ongar on Burlington Road, Hop off at Essex Quay and walk just 5 minutes to the cathedral (next to Dublinia).
Walk to Upper Leeson Street, catch the 11 towards Sandyford, hop off at 'Sandyford/Blackthorn Road' and walk 1 minute.
Imaginosity is a unique child centred creative space for children up to 9 years of age. Located in Sandyford, the numerous exhibits are educationally designed to inspire life-long learning through play, celebrating children's imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery. Facilities include a café, gift shop and lockers, with the museum being fully accessible.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive experience located in Dublin's Docklands. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day. Step through 20 themed galleries, and find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today!
Enjoy an unforgettable tour of Dublin City on both land and water with Viking Splash Tour! Don a traditional Viking helmet and life jacket while the amphibious vehicles take you from land to water and back again! Tours need to be pre-booked so visit the website linked in green or ask our Guest Relations team in the lobby who will be happy to assist you with all arrangements.
The departure point is located at St Stephen’s Green North opposite Cliff Townhouse & Starbucks – a quick 20-minute walk from the hotel.
Located just a ten minute walk from Mespil Hotel, Merrion Square Park offers gorgeous greenery in the heart of Georgian Dublin. The park also features a childrens playground with swings, slides & sculptures – the perfect spot to make the most of a sunny day. Be sure to stop by the colourful statue of Oscar Wilde while you’re there!