Category: Free Things To Do

40 Amazing Things to Do in Dublin With Kids

October 9, 2014

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Go cycling in Dublin's parks

Endless sightseeing and nights out might have to be put on hold if you’re traveling with kids in tow, but thankfully there are plenty of fun things to do in Dublin as a family. Whether you’re entertaining hard-to-impress teenagers or looking for something to keep under-10s amused, here are 40 amazing things to do in Dublin with kids.

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Exploring Dublin at Night

August 28, 2014

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Crawling Dublin's pubs

With its hard-drinking, hard-partying reputation, you’d be forgiven for thinking the only place to go after dark in Dublin was the pub, but while crawling the city’s pubs is an unforgettable pastime, there are plenty of other ways to explore Dublin at night. Here are some ideas.

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Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival

May 8, 2014

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Dublin Docklands summer festival. Photo courtesy of infomatique via Flickr.

After a long, wet winter, Dubliners are ready to shed off the layers, and as the first major event of the summer, the Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival is the perfect excuse to celebrate the warmer weather. Held each May, the festival offers a weekend of water activities, live DJs and free entertainment, held along the waterfront Grand Canal Plaza and Grand Canal Dock.

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St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

February 27, 2014

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St Patrick

St Patrick’s Day, held annually on March 17th, is Ireland’s biggest celebration and one of Dublin’s best street festivals. Held in honor of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day, or St Paddy’s Day as it’s often nicknamed, is the most traditionally Irish day of the year, a national holiday on which huge crowds of revelers take to the streets wearing green clothing (the symbolic color of Ireland), donning shamrocks and downing pints of Guinness.

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The Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin

January 30, 2014

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Dublin's Temple Bar.

From costumed street entertainers to Guinness-fuelled live music sessions taking over Dublin’s historic pubs, the Temple Bar Tradfest is the city’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, and it’s an atmospheric time to visit the capital. Held during the last week of January every year since 2006, the festival takes over Dublin’s Temple Bar District for 5 days, with a packed schedule of free and ticketed events including live bands, dance performances, film screenings, creative workshops and family entertainment.

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Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin

September 23, 2013

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Get in the Halloween mood at Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival. Photo courtesy of Chris Friese via Flickr.

There are few better characters to prepare you for the annual spook-fest of Halloween, than Dracula, Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire and the legendary bloodsucker steps into the spotlight at Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival.

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Dublin in the Footsteps of U2

August 15, 2013

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Dublin's famous Windmill Lane Studios. Photo courtey of informatique via Flickr.

With a career spanning almost four decades and a lead singer so iconic he’s even been immortalized in yellow on The Simpsons, U2 are up there with Guinness as Dublin’s most famous export. Formed in Dublin in 1976, the band have always kept roots in their home city and many of the their most memorable moments have played out on the city streets.

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Dublin’s Custom House Quay

July 29, 2013

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Dublin's Custom House. Photo courtesy of TimSackton via Flickr.

With its grand buildings and memorable statues, the Custom House Quay is one of the most scenic stretches of the Dublin Quays, making a striking backdrop to River Liffey boat cruises. Stretching along the riverside opposite the central City Quay, the quay runs between the Moss Street Bridge and the dramatic cable-stayed Samuel Beckett Bridge – the masterwork of architect Santiago Calatrava.

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River Liffey Swim Dublin

July 8, 2013

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Dublin's annual Liffey Swim. Photo courtesy of informatique via Flickr.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to strip down to your skivvies, dive into the famous River Liffey and swim straight through the heart of Dublin, now’s your chance to find out by taking part in Dublin’s annual Liffey Swim.

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Dublin National Heritage Week

July 1, 2013

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Celebrate all things Irish on National Heritage Week. Photo courtesy of jpmpinmontreal via Flickr.

From the iconic Riverdance to the country’s native wildlife, this is the biggest annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage – the Dublin National Heritage Week. The annual week is a nationwide festival featuring over 1,500 free events across the country, and the Irish capital will, of course, be spearheading the festivities.

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