“Oh the places you'll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So.. get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

Quite possibly the most family friendly city in all of Ireland, as the capital of the Republic there are no shortage of family activities to partake in while visiting South Dublin. You and your family can bring history to life as you explore, transport back in time, and take a Viking Splash tour in helmet and cape!The number of family based activities in South Dublin are by far plentiful. Here is a compilation of our favourites that have come highly recommended! Your family is sure to find something everyone will enjoy while visiting in South Dublin.

1. Viking Splash Tours

Voted the #1 most exciting tour in Dublin by Tripadvisor is the infamous Viking Splash Tours. Established in 1999, The Viking Splash Tours has become one of Ireland’s leading tour companies providing humorous and informative Viking driver-guides who take you over both land and sea using real and authentic World War II amphibious vehicles, known as the DUKWs. The Viking Splash experience is unrivalled in Dublin City, and is sure to be fun for the whole family. The tour route takes in most of the major sights in South Dublin City including: Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Government buildings, the Dublin Docklands. This is one you will not want to miss!

2. Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Would you like to travel back in time and explore the early Christian through Viking, Medieval, Victorian and modern times in Dalkey? At Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre your family can enjoy the historic contrast between 15th century living with the interactives of 21st century technology through live entertainment and costumed actors. Families can climb to the top of the Dalkey castle for panoramic views of Dublin’s mountains and seas, or enjoy the peace and tranquility of touring the early Christian Church and onsite historic graveyard.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 - 17:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

3. Airfield Farm

Do you have a family member who loves nature? Airfield Farm is a perfect destination.Established by the Overend family in 1974 for educational and recreational purposes, the working farm, gardens, and heritage experience offer families a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn about where their food originates, popular farming techniques, and growing crops. History and heritage are taught in a natural and relaxed environment designed for children to enjoy and immerse themselves in the experience. Keep your eyes open for the local chickens and deer roaming in their habitats!

4. Imaginosity

Does climbing past a Wizard's Lair or taking the Rocket Ship to Rapunzel's Castle sound inviting for your children? If so, your family will truly enjoy the Dublin’s Childrens Museum, a space specifically designed for adults and children to engage in creative play. There are an abundance of interactive experiences to engage all people of all ages and a wide range of workshops and classes that take place every day in arts and crafts, music, computers, and theatre located in the Art Studio, in the Children's Theatre Space and in the Cyber Room.

Opening hours: Monday 13:30 - 17:30, Tuesday to Friday 09.30 - 17:30, Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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