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Top 5 Things To Do In Dublin

A handful of activities to keep the kids happy in Dublin

WORDS Hilary Doling

1. Visit Dublin Zoo

This is guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment for any family visiting Dublin. Located in Dublin's Phoenix Park, it isn't hard to get to from the City centre. From the reptile house to the African Plains it has numerous types of wildlife to see, and the kids are sure to love it. There are picnic benches located around the site as well as restaurants and refreshment kiosks. More information can be found on the Dublin Zoo website.

2. Spot lucky leprechauns

You'll find them at the Leprechaun Museum just beside the Jervis street shopping centre. The museum fills families in on old Irish folklore and mythology. There are plenty of interactive activities to enjoy here including what it would feel like to be in a leprechaun sized world.

3. King of the castle

Did you know that there's a 13th century castle in the heart of Dublin City? Dublin Castle, built in 1204, has undergone some dramatic changes over the centuries. Today the castle grounds feature two museums, two cafe's and two gardens spanning over 11 acres, just perfect for letting the kids stretch their legs. Hop off at Stop no 9 on the City Sightseeing Tour or take a stroll from Trinity College.

4. Learn to play Gaelic games

Tour the famous Croke Park, home to national games, including Gaelic football and Hurling. The tour has interactive exhibits but kids really love the guided Etihad Skyline Walkway Tour. This safe walkway 44 metres above the ground has five stages at which you stop to look around and see an aerial view of Dublin (a height restriction of 1.2 metres excludes very small children).

5. Be a bookworm

The incredible library at Trinity College is like something out of Harry Potter. It is the longest single chamber library in the world. If this won’t inspire a love of books in them nothing will. Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and older children will enjoy a tour. You can also see the Book of Kells which dates from 800AD. The Campus is famed for its four quads and it’s association with the old Parliament building on College Green.

Image: A view of Dublin's City from O'Donovan Rossa Bridge

Image: Jeannie Johnson

This article appeared in volume 8 of Five Star Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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