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 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).
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.