OF THE CAS­TLE

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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 cafés and two gar­dens span­ning over four hectares, 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.

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).

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 its as­so­ci­a­tion with the old Par­lia­ment build­ing on Col­lege Green.

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