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Ardgillen Castle

Attractions

Robert Taylor, Dean of Clonfert, built this castle (it's really more of a country house with fancy embellishments) in 1738. It stands in 194 acres (79...

Balbriggan

Dublin Zoo

Attractions

One of the oldest zoos in the world (it was founded in 1830), Dublin's animal house is now home to 700 species, including endangered snow leopards and...

Phoenix Park
Major venue

Iveagh Gardens

Attractions

At first glance, Iveagh gardens look private: they're ringed by high stone walls and their entrances are hidden. One door lurks behind the National Concert...

Entrances to park: Hatch Street Upper; Clonmel Street
Free

Kart City

Attractions

Three tracks are available for four-wheel jeeps, kiddie karts and adult karting. Karting is not recommended for children under 12.

Old Airport Road

Kilmainham Gaol

Attractions

Although it ceased to be used as a prison in 1924, this remains the best-known Irish lock-up and one of the most fascinating buildings in the country. It...

Inchicore Road
Major venue

Leisureplex

Attractions

This noisy amusement chain offers all the usual activities like bowling, Quasar laser games and adventure play areas. At the Stillorgan centre kids can...

Old Bray Road

Malahide Castle

Attractions

The castle sits on 250 acres (101 hectares) - though much of it is given over to dull-looking playing fields - and the perimeter is just over three...

Malahide Castle Demesne

Malahide Castle

Attractions

The castle is exciting enough all on its own, and then there's the Fry Model Railway and Tara's Palace to make this a perfect junior his 'n' hers day out....

Malahide Castle Demesne

National Sealife Centre

Attractions

This aquarium is constructed on a fairly humble scale, so there isn't much in the way of child-friendly wow factor. However, the wide variety of marine...

Strand Road

Newbridge House & Traditional Farm

Attractions, Museums

This small, early Georgian house may appear modest from the outside but its style of furnishing is really rather grand: lots of Portland stone, stucco by...

Newbridge Demesne

Newbridge House & Traditional Farm

Attractions, Museums

An old-style cobbled farmyard with stables, a forge, hen coops, pig sties, bits of old farm machinery and a varied collection of animals - Newbridge has it...

Newbridge Demesne

Phoenix Park Visitors' Centre

Attractions

Housed in the old coach house of the former Papal Nunciature, this centre explains the history of Phoenix Park. Regular free tours of nearby Ashtown Castle,...

Phoenix Park
Free

Skerries Mill Complex

Attractions

Originally built in the 1500s, the complex has been restored, and now includes two large, working five-sail mills and one smaller four-sail watermill with...

Skerries

St Kevin's Park

Attractions

Formerly the graveyard to the ivystrangled relic of a church at its centre, this beguiling little park is almost always empty. Rumour has it that the area...

Camden Row
Free

Talbot Botanic Gardens

Attractions

Located within the vast grounds of Malahide Castle, these gardens enjoy relative tranquillity even when the castle is rammed with summertime visitors. The...

Malahide Castle Demesne
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