Summer Family Days Out in Dublin
Take a trip to Malahide!
Malahide is a stunning coastal town located about 10 kilometres from Dublin’s City Centre that is full to the brim with activities for the whole family. Take a trip on Toots the Road Train - Toots is a terrific little train that will take you all over this seaside town; from the Marina then through to the village, the beach and the Castle. Fares for Toots are €4 for kids and they’re sure to love it! After alighting the Toots train you can explore all of Malahide Castle and Gardens where you can discover the fascinating story of 800 year old castle (which are suitable for children). Afterwards you can explore the walled gardens and a see the most colourful critters on Earth –butterflies- in Ireland’s only Butterfly House. See these beautiful creatures fly amongst tropical plants and fruit against the backdrop of a Georgian Glasshouse. Also located on the grounds is a fantastic playground (listed in The Irish Times as one of Irelands top 50 playgrounds) which even has its own zipline!
Take the Number 42 or 32 bus with your DoDublin Card to visit magnificent Malahide.
Waxworks at The National Wax Museum!
The National Wax Museum Plus is a fantastic attraction for the whole family. The museum brings visitors on a fantastical journey through Irish history, an enchanting wax world, Ireland’s only dedicated tribute to our top scientific inventors, a unique Father Ted Room, and all the exceptional life-like wax work characters you would expect from a world class Wax museum. Situated in central Dublin the Wax museum is sure to entertain all members of the family!
Hop Off at the Bachelor's Walk stop to visit the National Wax Museum Plus. Enjoy a 10% discount on your ticket with our DoDublin Discount guide.
Go Wild in the Phoenix Park!
Dublin is home to the largest enclosed park in all of Europe, and it so happens that the Phoenix Park is full of plenty of things to do with the whole family. A little known fact is that the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre puts on workshops every Sunday morning from 10.00-12.30 and they’re free of charge! The workshops have various themes ranging from nature awareness, history and heritage to arts and crafts and are suitable from kids aged 5-12. The Phoenix Park is filled with sites of great historical and cultural significance. From the President’s official residence to Farmleigh House. Wild deer also roam the park, and while visitors to the park are required to keep their distance from the deer, you can still get a great look at those magnificent creatures. Also, if animals are your thing you should definitely pay a visit to the next place on our list…
Hop Off at the stop in the Park itself on our DoDublin Tour to visit the Phoenix Park.
Amazing Adventures at Dublin Zoo!
Also situated in the Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo, one of the most popular family attractions in all of Ireland. Dublin Zoo is home to more than 400 animals with habitats ranging from the African Savanna, Family Farm, Gorilla Rainforest and Zoorassic World. However Dublin Zoo is more than just a fun filled exciting day out for all the family. Conservation and education are at the heart of Dublin Zoo’s ethos. They aim to teach kids and young people about endangered species and wild animals in a fun and engaging way. Some fan- favourite animals housed at the Zoo include : Snow Leopards, Californian Sea Lions, Orangutans, Zebras, Red Pandas, Lions, African Elephants and many more!
You can hop off at the Phoenix Park on our DoDublin tour to visit Dublin Zoo.
Get Spooked on a Kids Ghostbus Tour!
Dublin’s spookiest family attraction is here- Ghost Bus Kids! A family friendly version of the famous Ghostbus tour is a great way to enjoy 75 minutes of terrifying fun! Take the kids on a fantastic tour of the darker side of Dublin's history and hear the gruesome stories of Dublin's worst fiends. For kids aged around 10-14 this ghost tour is filled with spine –tingling and scary stories of Dublin while at the same time being filled with lots of laughter and fun. Dublin’s history is packed with all things ghoulish, from Mad Vikings, Body Snatchers to Count Dracula.
Newbridge House & Farm
A day out in the great outdoors is a perfect family day out. At Newbridge Farm, there are hundreds of acres to explore. At the historic estate, you can explore the interactive discovery trail, discover the paddocks and pastures and say hello to Shetland and Connemara ponies, pigs, goats, and baby chicks on a great day out at Newbridge Farm.
You'll also enjoy the great outdoor playground, as well as walking among the historic orchards and the walled gardens.
Best Family Days Out in Dublin this Summer
Things to do for the family in Dublin City
Dublin is fantastic city for the whole family, with so many activities and things to do for all ages! From medieval Castles to one of the world's oldest zoos, and a city bursting with fascinating history, there’s plenty to keep the kids (and grown-ups) entertained.
The Hop On Hop Off tour is a great way for all the family to visit all the top attractions in the city, and with kids travelling for free, it's a great deal for a family day out. Enjoy a birdseye view over the capital and discover the best of Dublin on the original city tour.
For some more great ideas on days out in Dublin, check our guide to Top Days Out in Dublin with the kids!