I officially dub Dublin child-friendly. ‘But Ireland and drinking are synonymous!’ you may very well say. Of course, the Irish definitely love a good Guinness, but there are more than a few activities completely suitable for children. In fact, Dublin is a great destination for families with youngsters because the flight time from England is so short. Once you’ve got your family holiday insurance and booked your flights, all you need is ideas for where to take the little ones – and have I got a list for you.
- Pirates Cove – Arrrr you ready for the best pirate playground in all of Ireland? Suitable for ages one to ten, the kids will love bouncing around on Palm Island or flying down the giant slide drop, while parents can kick back and relax with a coffee and a cake. Plus it’s all indoors, which means inclement weather won’t put a damper on your family’s fun. Pirates Cove even offers great birthday party packages, private sessions for children who have special needs and extra adventures, like bungee trampolines and paddle boats.
- Dublin Zoo – For a day out with the family that’s as stimulating and entertaining as it is educational, there’s no better place than Dublin Zoo. Adults and children alike will love learning about the animals from A(frican painted dog) to Z(ebra).
- Viking Splash – Ever had a tour from a Viking? If you answered ‘no, ’ consider visiting Viking Splash Tours. It’s a thrilling land and water tour all in one, featuring Dublin’s main sights. Kids will love the theatrical tour guides and amphibious vehicle – and who knows, maybe they’ll learn a little something amidst all the fun and excitement.
- Natural History Museum – For an affordable day out, consider visiting the Natural History museum. Admission is free and it’s a great way for the kids to learn all about the natural world while having a world of fun. The museum features 10,000 amazing exhibits which they’ve nicknamed ‘The Dead Zoo’. This is a comprehensive and impressive zoological collection, ranging from native Irish animals to a popular giraffe that goes by the name of Spoticus.
To make your travels flow as seamlessly as possible, it’s important to remember to pack correctly, book appropriate accommodation (not too much walking for the younger kids as they tire easily) and, of course, put a family holiday insurance policy in place. Make sure the family holiday insurance policy you choose covers all members of your family – they’re the most useful and the most affordable deals!
By now you should have all the tips and tricks you need to get the kids to Dublin and make sure they have a good time – and with everything so neatly in place, you might even have a chance to indulge in one of those Guinnesses I mentioned earlier.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual and family holiday insurance . Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.