20 Best Things To Do In Dublin Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

COVID-19 Update

Most attractions are now closed in line with Government advice, and families are encouraged to stay inside where possible.

Find indoor activities to try at home.

Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dublin

Bring history to life for all the family as you explore all the great things to do in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland!

Transport yourself back in time as you storm the formidable Dublin Castle and discover over 800 years of epic battles and royal history. Want more secrets from inside the fort? Explore Drimnagh Castle, as well. 

From history to myth and legend! You and your little people will find one of the most entertaining and educational family days out in Dublin at The National Leprechaun Museum. It’s an attraction full of character. Also, don’t miss out on visiting Dublinia, a fantastic, interactive museum packed full of three floors of Viking, Medieval and historical fun.

Animal lovers will be thrilled with a trip to Dublin Zoo, the largest zoo in Ireland, where over 400 species make up an unforgettable wildlife experience. Visit the farmyard animals at Airfield Farm too - they love making friends with kids.

If you’re looking for a proper day out in a beautiful open space where your mini adventurers can run free, Phoenix Park is one of our favourite places. Covering 1752 hectares, it’s one of the largest recreational spaces in any European capital.

There are plenty more great things to do in Dublin with kids for you to discover - time to dive in and explore!

Find your perfect day out

Girl on zip wire at East Coast Adventure in Warrenpoint

East Coast Adventure

  • Warrenpoint
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Do you and your kids love excitement? There is no better place to get your adrenaline fix than at East Coast Adventure. Take the family on everything...

Visitors at Carlingford Adventure Centre

Carlingford Adventure Centre

  • Carlingford
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Carlingford Adventure Centre offer an extensive range of exciting land and water based activities suited respectively to all ages and abilities. The...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Warrenpoint Beach

  • Carlingford
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for an outdoor beach adventure, Warrenpoint beach in Northern Ireland is the perfect place for you!  This shingled beach is a walke...

Girl with goat at Fort Evergreen in Warrenpoint

Fort Evergreen

  • Warrenpoint
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Fort Evergreen are here to help you fall for a load of adorable animals. All the creatures here love to be fussed over. You can bottle-feed lambs, gi...

Car park at Fun House in Newry

Fun House

  • Newry
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Fun House is an indoor adventure play facility where under 12s can come and play, exercise and socialise in a great fun and supportive environmen...

Laser room at Space Quest in Newry

Space Quest

  • Newry
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Fancy the thrill of your life? Set a course for Space Quest! This super modern combination of hide and seek and laser rifles is an epic war game with...

People in swimming pool at Funtasia Drogheda

Funtasia Drogheda

  • Drogheda
  • Indoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Funtasia features pirates' cove interactive water park, itself comprising over 200 water gushing activities including the adrenalin pumping super bow...

Aerial view of Newgrange Farm in Slane

Newgrange Farm

  • Slane
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Newgrange Farm offers a nicely rounded family experience with seasonal farm activities available too. Bottle feed lambs, hold puppies, kittens, chick...

People in Hot Air Ballon at Red Mountain Open Farm in Donore

Red Mountain Open Farm

  • Donore
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Red Mountain Open Farm features aside from the domestic breeds of animals include Hay Maze and Blue Barrel Express with Tractor and Horse and Carriag...

The Wildlife and Heritage Centre

  • Monaghan
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

As an education and re-habilitation facility, The Wildlife and Heritage Centre preserves wildlife by actively educating people to care for their envi...

View on Tayto Factory Tour in Tandragee

Tayto Castle Factory

  • Tandragee
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Don’t be a couch potato, but instead visit some real potatoes. Take your bite-sized kids (5+) to the Tayto Factory Tour, and see how crisps get so go...

Indoor soft play frame at Scallywags Banbridge

Scallywags Banbridge3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Banbridge
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Scallywags, Banbridge is an indoor party and play centre where kids up to the age of 11 are free to roam. Parents can have some quiet time with free...

Role play farmers shop at Quality Time in Banbridge

Quality Time

  • Banbridge
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Quality Time the first play centres of its kind in Northern Ireland - a new theme takes over each month and with it come new costumes, decorations an...

Newcastle Centre

  • Newcastle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The Newcastle Centre is a powerhouse of family fun with so many activities and sports on offer you’re spoilt for choice! Get set for a busy day start...

Outdoor swimming pool at Tropicana in Newcastle

The Tropicana

  • Newcastle
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Is your child not quite ready for the sea, but you want to introduce them to the water? Check out Tropicana: A pair of heated shallow pools looking o...

Gullivers Soft Play

  • Armagh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Gullivers Soft Play is for tots and toddlers and children of primary school age (A height restriction of 134 cm applies). The ultimate play experienc...

Girl in swimming pool at Aura Navan Leisurelink

Aura Navan Leisurelink

  • Navan
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Come let the kids go wild and keep active with the huge variety of sports on offer at Aura Navan Leisurelink! Dive right in and do a few lengths of t...

Palace Stables Heritage Centre

  • Armagh
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The 18th Century Stables of the Palace Demesne have been restored to form a Georgian themed heritage centre offering families the chance to immerse t...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Newcastle Beach

  • Newcastle
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to the ever popular Newcastle beach in Northern Ireland, and discover this sandy and pebbled beach - t’is a great spot for families looking...

Canoeing at Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre in Rockcorry

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre

  • Rockcorry
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre Fairly static pursuits on offer include Camping and Campcraft, Electronic Orienteering, Archery and Field Studies. Mo...

things-to-do redesign