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Capital cities are notoriously expensive, but a family holiday in Dublin need not break the bank. Follow our guide to the Irish capital’s family delights and discover how you and your children can enjoy yourselves even when funds are tight.
It’s hard to believe you’re within minutes of the city centre when you visit the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. If it’s dry, take a picnic and admire the wonderfully restored, award-winning glasshouses, and let the kids make the most of their freedom in the fine grounds. Amble around the rock garden, rose garden, pond area, and arboretum, where more than 15,000 plant species make this a genuine urban oasis.
Both adults and kids get a buzz from rolling along in an open-top bus. Dublin Bus offers a flexible tour that lets you join and leave as often as you like over the course of two days. It covers all the main Dublin attractions, from Dublin Zoo to Trinity College, and the entertaining local guides provide a native’s insights on the city. The best part is that each paying adult can bring two children under 14 years free, and there are discounts for booking online.
Despite the word “museum” in the title, your children will adore the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Its family programme, Explorer, encourages children and adults to explore artworks and art making on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm January to May and October to December. Projects are designed for children aged 4 to 10, with numbers limited to 35 participants. The information desk email@example.com has more details.
Museums are no longer dusty places where children dragged along rapidly lost the will to live. The National Museum on Kildare St. brings history to life for younger folk, with entertaining exhibitions on everything from the Vikings to Ancient Egypt and prehistoric Ireland to bog bodies. Tours and events designed for families include the My Museum Programme, which encourages interaction and exploration for all the family, in addition to hands-on events featuring storytelling, drama, art or demonstrations, and guided tours.
Established in 1830 with 46 mammals and 72 birds donated by London Zoo, Dublin Zoo has grown to become Ireland’s biggest family attraction. No longer just an exhibition centre for animals, the 28-hectare Phoenix Park facility runs an active and impressive programme of conservation and education, giving its 1 million annual visitors old and young an entertaining and informative glimpse into the world of wildlife. A recent, exciting development is the Gorilla Rainforest, a 12,000-square-metre gorilla habitat inspired by the lowland rainforest of western Africa.
3.9km from Dublin City
Located in the residential area of Rathmines just 3km from the city centre, within walking distance of Stephen's Green, this self catering apartment is the perfect vacation retreat. The first-floor self catering property has everything you need for an enjoyable stay, with an en-suite master bedroom and another bedroom with a double bed and cot.
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This delightful accommodation is located in the pretty residential area of Rathmines, within walking distance of Stephens Green in the centre of Dublin city. A modern 1-bedroom apartment on the first floor, it is ideal for a weekend or city break in Europe’s favourite small city.
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This beautifully appointed, bright, two-bedroom holiday apartment is located in the suburb of Rathmines, within walking distance of St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre. Ideal for a weekend or city break, the luxury apartment comes complete with a welcome pack on your arrival.
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3.7km from Swords
Experience the peace and tranquillity of a rural setting when you stay at this holiday home in Swords, County Dublin. Set in an area of rich farmland in rolling countryside, the 3-star property is only a 20-minute drive from the city centre.
4.2km from Swords
You can enjoy the best of both worlds when you stay at a holiday home in the beautiful Swords countryside, just 10km from Dublin city centre. These top quality 3-star holiday homes make an ideal base for discovering Dublin and its surrounding areas.
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