Fun for Kids

Touring Ireland (or anywhere) with kids requires some extra thought to make sure everyone is happy and enjoying themselves. These places are all especially fun for or welcoming to children, or are places you might like to have in mind as a backup if the weather is not cooperating.

There is general advice about touring Ireland with kids, and also, because cities can be specially exhausting, a series of suggested itineraries for how to spend time around Dublin as a family. Look out for the Fun for Kids icon as you browse the site for places that children will especially enjoy.

Trim Castle

Although now virtually in ruins Trim Castle is an excellent example of an early Norman defensive castle, with a thick outer curtain wall protecting …

Errislannan Manor

Connemara ponies are a favourite all over the world, and it's not surprising, they are well-mannered, versatile and very beautiful.

Ulster American Folk Park

The Ulster American Folk Park tells, in a vivid and entertaining fashion, the parallel stories of emigration from Ireland and the discovery of the …


A museum not about childhood, but for children, Imaginosity is an absolute must for anyone visiting Dublin with kids aged from 1 to 10 years old.

Irish Museum of Country Life

A branch of the National Museum, which concentrates on clothing, tools, toys and other household items giving an insight into day to day living in …

Warrington Top Flight Equestiran Centre

Horse riding on good quality well schooled horses and ponies across excellent natural fences.

Ilnacullin (Garinish Island)

A lush, green garden full of surprises, Garnish is on an Island in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cork.

Ailwee Caves

Ailwee Caves are Ireland's largest cave system, deep beneath the Burren in Co Clare, and can be explored during a guided tour.

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty is often the first stop for visitors to Ireland, located as it is close to Shannon Airport.

Bear Essentials

Teddy bear paradise in Ireland at this workshop and exhibition space where visitors can see teddy bears being painstakingly created by hand.

Altamont House & Gardens

Altamount Gardens is a place apart, a wonderland of interconnecting gardens, riverside walks and woodlands of incredible beauty and peacefulness.

Delphi Activity Centre

Delphi Adventure centre is located in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Ireland and provides a range of water sports and mountain …

Dunmore Cave

While many cave systems open to visitors in Ireland were discovered relatively recently, this one has been known about since at least the 9th century, …

St Patrick’s Trian

More of an adventurous day out than a visit to a museum, St Patrick's Trian is a hot favourite with kids.

Days Out with the Dublin Pass

The Dublin Pass is definitely not always good value - but it can be with a little forward planning.