The last time I was in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city was many years ago – I went for a long weekend with girlfriends, pre-children. So you can only imagine what our days – and nights – mostly consisted of and, while I can’t remember much of what we got up, lost in the haze of Guinness, I do remember the rain.
It was a wet, soggy trip, and there was no let up from the constant downpours, which goes some way in explaining why we stayed put in warm, dry drinking establishments for the most part.
So when a good friend mentioned she was heading to Dublin on a family break this Easter and did I have any recommendations as to what to do, I thought it would be sensible to suggest activities that would work in all-weather situations.
Dublin has much to offer for families, history lovers, foodies and adventurists. Highlights for visitors include Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and Dublin Zoo which can be found in the largest enclosed city park in Europe, Phoenix Park. There are also plenty of ‘talking’ historic statues dotted around the city – from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde.
Here are some rainy day ideas that will appeal to the whole family, just in case you’re spending some time in Dublin and the weather isn’t so great.
Imaginosity Dublin’s Children’s Museum
An interactive museum purely dedicated to under-nines, it certainly fires the imaginations of young minds through hands-on and engaging play. You’ll find heaps to do from being able to be a real mechanic in The Garage to meeting the Eco Badger on the Roof Terrace. There are also special areas for babies and toddlers.
Imaginosity The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18; Tickets €8 for Adults and Kids over three
The Ark’s mission is to spark childhood imagination by making and sharing great art for, by and about children. Through The Ark’s work with leading Irish and international artists, children can enjoy performances in a unique child-sized theatre, view engaging exhibitions or participate in creative workshops in this cultural centre just for kids. From Lego animation to visual art, there is something for every child.
The Ark 11A Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2; Tickets for individual events, see website for more details. For children 8-12
Rainforest Adventure Golf
With two Aztec and Mayan themed indoor mini-golf courses, Rainforest Adventure Golf is perfect for the whole family. Kids will love walking through the jungle and experiencing mysterious voices and sounds…
Rainforest Adventure Golf Unit 6, Dundrum South, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum; Tickets from €9.85 per adult; Kids €8.75 from five and above
Take A Road Trip
Whatever the weather, hiring a car and taking a road trip is a great way to see more of what Ireland has to offer. From Dublin to the Causeway Coast, or the scenic route via Sally Gap’s pass and St Kevin’s monastery to the vibrant town of Portlaoise – there are many options when you hit the road. Plus with a car, you can stop along the way and take as many tea and cake breaks as you need.
Learn about the Vikings and medieval history at Dublinia – a museum which has four exciting self-guiding exhibitions. Meet the Vikings face to face, learn about life in Medieval Dublin, explore the world of a History Hunter and see a medieval view of a modern city from our Medieval Tower.
Dublinia Christchurch, St Michaels Hill, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8; Adults €9.50; Kids €6
With a sensory room including bubble tubes and light effects, Kidspace is a dedicated indoor play area for youngsters up to eight. And while kids can have tons of fun in the ball pits, dangly bee swarm or the webbing deck climber, parents can relax with free wi-fi and treats from the Nest Cafe.
Kidspace 9-20 Main St, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14; Tickets Tues-Fri €7 per child; Weekends €8
Go On A Bus Tour
A hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour means that you can keep dry and see as much of the city under cover as possible. Tours will take you to Dublin’s most popular attractions including Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse and The Book of Kells in Trinity College, whilst you’ll get to see famous landmarks and points of interest along the way, too.
* This post was written in collaboration with EasyTerra