Coming to the island of Ireland with (young) children and looking for fun things to do? I found that our green isle had plenty of family-friendly activities and places to visit. This way!Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East
For those who love the great outdoors and history, Glendalough
in Co. Wicklow ticks all the boxes. Children usually love playing hide and seek in the monastic site or strolling around the twin lakes. In the city, the Dublinia Museum
brings you on a journey into the city’s medieval and Viking roots.
Wildlife enthusiasts will love Phoenix Park for its wild deer or a train trip to Howth
to say hello to its most famous residents, the seals. For more animals, Dublin zoo, the Irish National Stud in Kildare
and Fota Wildlife Park
in Co. Wexford are three other great spots.
Finally, indoor aqua parks such as Aquazone
(Blanchardstown) or Funtasia
(Drogheda) can be the occasion to relax while the kids have some serious fun. Since it’s indoors, you don’t have to worry about the water temperature. Wild Atlantic Way
The longest coastal route in Ireland is a gigantic playground. First of all, it has countless beaches
for the entire family. Some of my favorites are Coumeenoole in Dingle, Dog’s Bay (Roundstone, Connemara), Keem Beach (Achill Island) and Strandhill (Co. Sligo)
The west coast of Ireland is the place to spot dolphins or embark on Whale Watch Tour
. For rainy days, the Flying Boat Maritime museum
in Co.Limerick or Galway’s Atlantaquaria
(Ireland’s biggest aquarium) can certainly please everybody. Another obvious option is to visit a sheep farm, such as the Killary Sheep Farm
If you didn’t get to learn about Ireland’s Ancient East Vikings, maybe Clew Bay’s Pirates would be a fun stop on your itinerary. Westport House and the Pirate Adventure Park
makes is for a fun family day and to learn more about Grace O’Malley, the Queen of Pirates.
The Wild Atlantic Way is also the best place to learn to catch a wave
. Two places I’d recommend for surf classes of all levels are Bundoran
(Co. Donegal) and Enniscrone Beach (Co. Sligo) Finally, the Wild Atlantic Way has countless campsites, which is a fun and affordable accommodation for the entire family. Most can be found on the Camping Ireland website
.Causeway Coastal Route
To begin with, Titanic Belfast
is totally suitable for families with its interactive exhibitions. If you have young adults into the hit series Game of Thrones
, look no further: here lies the real-life Westeros
, from Winterfell to the Iron Islands. W5 Belfast
is a fun and interactive science museum for the entire family.
For some outdoor and water fun, look no further than Hydro
: the resort offers summer activities such as kayaking and wakeboarding, an aqua park, and more. In the winter, you’ll find exclusive Christmas activities and a cinema drive-inJungle NI
is an outdoor adventure centre nestled in the heart of Northern Ireland, along the Sperrins Mountains. Exciting activities (archery, quad bike, paintball), local food accommodation options make it a perfect family getaway!
Further along the coast, the Giant’s Causeway
needs no introduction. According to the legend, two giants built a stone path between Ireland and Scotland, which was eventually destroyed to form this geological marvel.A few more tips of mineThe Family Fun website
is a wealth of information for more family-friendly activities. You can filter by events, place, and county.
When it comes to pubs, it’s fine to bring the kids for a meal or to enjoy a trad session, but they will have to leave the premises before 9 pm (or 10 pm in the summertime). While the music usually starts later, more and more pubs have earlier weekend sessions to accommodate families and minors.
For toddlers and newborn babies, hotels and B&B usually don’t charge below the age of 2. The B&B Ireland websit
e even has to option to filter hosts who provide a cot for free.
What are your must-do activities and tips for families on the island of Ireland?