Free things to do with kids in Dublin

Published date29 June 2022
Publication titleDublinLive (Ireland)
While you may think that it's going to be an expensive summer keeping the smallies occupied, there is an array of free things to do with kids in Dublin includes parks, playgrounds, and museums

Whether you're north or south of the city, you're likely to find somewhere near you, even if it involves a short drive. Here are the best free things to do with kids in Dublin.

National Museum of Ireland - Archaology

The National Archaeology Museum on Dublin's Kildare Street is by far one of the most underrated visitor attractions in the capital. The gorgeous building, which is beside Dail Eireann, houses exhibitions that bring you back to an unrecognisable Ireland with items such as gold jewellery, long boats and even bog bodies.

National Botanic Gardens

Glasnevin is home to an urban oasis in the form of the National Botanic Gardens. The beautiful park features colourful plant species from all over the world, quaint green spaces, the exquisitely restored historic glasshouses and the Garden Tearoom which is open for dine-in and takeaway.

Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle is another one of the city's most underrated attractions, and it is free to visit. It houses collections of items from cultures all over the globe including Egyptian Books of the Dead and contemporary Chinese woodblock prints.

There is also the Silk Road Cafe if you're feeling peckish upon visiting.

Deer spotting in Phoenix Park

Although Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, you will find a plethora of beautiful wildlife in the park grounds as well, including the majestic deer.

Although it is advised that you don't get too close to them, they are a stunning sight to be seen, even if it is from a distance. Plus, the park is also home to an array of walking routes, open green spaces and a playground.

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Part of the grounds of Malahide Castle and the Butterfly House cost money to visit, but what is free to do here is the massive...

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