In the third addition of our 4-part series we have put together our top 10 free things to do in the beautiful city of Dublin.

The summer holidays may be over but we still need to keep the kids occupied over the unpredictable weekends of Autumn.

 

Part 3: Dublin

 

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Our Top 10

1. Culture night

Culture night is an all-island festival held this year on Friday 16th September. All cultural venues and organisations extend their opening hours to the public including workshops, special events, talks and performances for the whole family to enjoy and get involved with! Specially dedicated complimentary culture night buses will run all night making your transport and access to events as easy as possible. 

 

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 2. St. Stephen’s Green

Take a walk in St. Stephen’s Green. This beautiful Victorian park is perfect for a family day out in the sunshine. The playground areas are perfect for both smaller and older children featuring, swings, slides and a roundabout. The garden for the blind is an interesting place to visit, containing signs in Braille, and aromatic plants that can be handled. Take a picnic, some games, relax and have fun!

 

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3. Star Wars Trail

Take your kids on a journey and visit the Star Wars trail! If your kids are Star Wars fans, the latest films have all been filmed in this prime location, from the tip of Donegal down to the rocky shoreline of Cork. Take your kids for a day out along the coast line and see if they can recognise the famous locations where the stars walked and maybe even reenact some scenes! 

 

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4. Dublin Castle

Visit the beautiful grounds of Dublin castle, on a sunny day you could even take a picnic! On a rainy day you could go inside and take a tour of the grand halls, hidden rooms and enjoy the history. 

 

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5. Free walking tour

Sandeman’s new Dublin walking tours offers free tours around Dublin. The tour lasts around 3 hours, covering some of Dublin’s key and historic sites such as the castle, cathedral and the temple bar. Tours depart daily at 11am and 1pm from city hall on Dame Street. 

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 6. Irish museum of Modern Art

Take a walk around the museum, and make sure you take some pencils and paper and get your kids to recreate their favourite pieces! Every Sunday family activities are held between 2-4pm with projects designed for your kids to learn whilst having fun! Unfortunately, these events do not run in the summer months but they will begin again on 2nd October. 

 

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 7. National Museum of Ireland

There are tours and events specifically tailored for families keeping it fun for all whilst being educational. The whole family can explore the museum, from Vikings to heritage in prehistoric Ireland. Throughout the month of September, the exhibition ‘The Hoard & The Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo’ will be running for all ages to attend. The exhibition has examples of late 10th century craftsmanship, evidence of Mayo’s Viking Heritage. 

 

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 8. Merrion Square Play Area

Leading on from the National Museum of Ireland, next door is the Merrion square play area! On a day in the sunshine take your kids for a play and a picnic and enjoy the activities suitable for all ages. From the low walking planks, to the top of the tower this park provides endless fun for all!

 

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 9. Corkagh pet farm

The pet farm is situated in Corkagh park, Clondalkin, a 300-acre park full of fun for all the family; including a play area, river and a fishery. The pet farm is a perfect place for young children to escape to and includes lots of farm yard animals and birds. 

 

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10. Coffman Park

Coffman park is the perfect family day out! Take a walk around the park, or you could even go for a family bike ride! Make sure you bring some snacks and leave the kids to play in the adventure play area while you relax in the sunshine under the trees. 

 

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