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ATTRACTIONS FOR CHILDREN
Dublin Writers Museum
18 Parnell Square
Five minutes walk from
O'Connell Street. Ten minutes walk from DART Connolly Station. Bus Numbers 10,
11, 11A, 11B, 13, 13A, 16, 16A, 19, 19A
January to December: Monday -
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday and Public Holidays:
11.00am - 5.00pm.
Late opening June, July and
August: Monday - Friday 10.00am - 6.00pm.
The museum holds exhibitions
and readings and has a special room devoted to children's literature. Tara's
Palace is one of Ireland's largest doll houses and is located here, built
entirely by Irish craftsmen, with furniture assembled from all over the world.
Buses: 10 from O'Connell
Street, 25 & 26 from Middle Abbey Street
Mon â€“ Sat. 9.30- 6. Sundays
10.30 - 6.00
CafĂ© / Restaurant / Gift shop
Located in Phoenix Park, the
zoo is set in 30 acres of landscaped grounds around ornamental lakes where over
700 animals and tropical birds from around the world can be seen. A daily "Meet
the Keeper" and feeding program provide the opportunity to learn about the many
rare and endangered species that live in Dublin Zoo. In addition, there are
always new babies and also animals on breeding loan from other Zoos and Wildlife
Parks to be seen.
Bus Number 50 from Eden Quay;
Bus Number 78A from Aston Quay
April - September 10.00am -
October - March 11.00am -
Monday to Saturday, 10.00am -
4.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays
model of the city, shows the location of public buildings and the layout of the
streets. Life-size reconstructions illustrate the city environment of the Middle
Ages. As an exciting finale to the exploration of Dublinâ€™s past, climb the 17th
century St Michael's Tower for a unique panoramic view of modern Dublin.
Dublin's Viking Adventure
Essex Street West
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4.30
(last tour at 4.30pm)
Closed Sunday and Monday
Closed 1 - 2. November -
February. Admission charged
An exciting, live and
interactive experience of life in Viking Dublin A Norse guide leads journey
through a Dublin of long ago. Walk the narrow streets of the Viking town of
'Dyflin' and chat with the locals, observe their daily work and even experience
the sounds and smells of the city.
Viking city, the Viking
adventure, also houses an extensive collection of artifacts discovered during
the excavation of this site, considered to be the most important of its kind
Hey doodle doodle
14 Crown Alley
Open seven days a week
Hey Doodle Doodle is Irelandâ€™s
only paint it yourself Ceramic Studio. Pick your own ready to paint piece (tile,
mug. dish etc) and then stamp stencil or paint it your own way. Pieces are then
fired and glazed in kilns . Collect your masterpiece a few days later or have it
mailed it to you.
National Wax Museum
Monday to Saturday 10am -
5.30pm, Sunday noon - 5.30pm
Buses: 11, 13, 16, 22, 22A from
The Childrenâ€™s World of
Fairytale and Fantasy is a display that especially appeals to children as they
wander through the Kingdom of Fairytales to find the magical lamp and the genie.
A particularly attractive
feature is the life-size replica of Leonardo de Vinci's 'Last Supper'. Displays
have an informative and educational narrative which can be heard at the touch of
The Chamber of Horrors is
optional. For those who don't enjoy the sound of clanging chains and blood
curdling screams, there is a separate entrance that bypasses the Chamber and
goes directly to the Hall of the Megastars. Here visitors will meet the stars
of the glittery world of rock and roll in the form of: Michael Jackson, Madonna
and all time great Elvis Presley.
Natural History Museum
Buses: 7, 7A, 8 (Burgh Quay).
Nearest DART Station: Pearse Station (Westland Row) or Museumlink.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am
- 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Closed Good Friday
The Natural History Museum
which is part of the National Museum of Ireland, is a zoological museum
containing collections illustrative of the wild life, both vertabrate and
invertebrate, of Ireland. There is also an extensive African and Asian
Skeletons of two whales
stranded on the Irish coast are suspended from the roof.
April - Sept : (Closed Mon.)
Tues.- Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun & Public Holidays 2 - 6.
Closed for lunch from 1 - 2. Coffee Shop remains open.
Oct- March: Sat, Sun and Bank
Holiday: 2 - 5.
Twelve miles north of Dublin
City on the Belfast road. Bus 33B from Eden Quay. Suburban rail from Connolly
An 18th century manor set on
350 acres of park land, twelve miles north of the city center, Newbridge House
has one of the finest Georgian interiors in Ireland. Each room open to the
public has its own style of antique and original furniture The house appears
much as it did 150 years ago.
It is surrounded
by a dairy, estate worker's house, carpenter's shop and a blacksmith's forge,
all displaying nineteenth -century tools and implements.
The grounds also contain a
twenty-nine acre traditional farm, complete with farmyard animals, a delight to young visitors.
Buses 25, 25A,67, 67A From
68,69,79 from Aston Quay, 90
Tara & Heuston Stations. All
buses stop at merchant's Quay except for the bus from Heuston Station which
stops at Arran Quay
Mon- Sat 9.30-6 Sunday
Discover Dublin from above by
taking a trip skyward to the top of Dublin's only observation platform offering
360-degree panoramic views of the city. The existing distillery chimney, built
in 1895, has been redeveloped to provide Dublin with a major viewing point,
220ft high. The Chimney has a two tiered glass enclosed observation platform at
the top, which is serviced by a glass panoramic elevator running up its side.
Childrenâ€™s Season (Theater
Ark Childrenâ€™s Cultural Center
11A Eustace Street Temple Bar
All cross-city buses
Runs with the Dublin Theater
Festival and provides performances for children by international and domestic
theater companies. Mime, animation, music and puppets are all featured.
5 Clifton Lane
Monkstown Co. Dublin
DART Monkstown or Salthill Bus
Box Office: 9:30-5 daily
Show: Sat. 3:30pm and in
summer on Sun. also at 3:30pm
A year round childrenâ€™s theater
that offers imaginative and enjoyable retelling of all the old fairy tales.
The Fry Model Railway
Malahide Castle Demesne
Bus number 42 from Beresford
Place (near Busaras). Suburban rail from Connolly station to Malahide.
April - Oct: Mon- Sat 10. -5.;
Sun and public holidays:2-6.
Nov- March: Sat, Sun and public
holidays: 2. - 5.
Closed for tours from 1.-2 all
The Fry Model Railway is a
unique collection of handmade models of Irish trains, from the beginning of rail
travel to modern times. Not only Ireland's largest miniature railway, the
exhibition is unique in that it is a working railway covering an area of 2,500
Situated in the beautiful
grounds surrounding Malahide Castle.
The GAA Museum
Park, Dublin 3
May to Sept: Mon â€“ Sun. 9.30 -
5. (last admission 4.30pm)
Oct to April: Tues. â€“ Sat. 10.
- 5. (last admission 4.30pm)
Sunday 12 - 5.00
Croke Park is the headquarters
of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Ireland's largest sports organization and
the home of Ireland's national sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football. The GAA
Museum, which is the biggest sports museum in Ireland, is located on the ground
floor of the New Stand in Phase 1 of the Stadium Development.