10 Best Places to Visit with kids & family in Dublin, Ireland
Visiting Ireland Can Be a Wholesome Travel Experience. Here Are Ten Best Places to Visit with Kids in Dublin, Ireland.
When talking of a European tour, most of the people conjure up images of Paris, Venice, Rome, Switzerland, or even London, because these cities are not only populous but also the most frequently visited by people from all over the world. However, many do not realize that they are missing a gem of a place when they do not consider Ireland in their itineraries. As one cannot visit all the places in one go, travelers can certainly plan a dedicated trip to the Emerald Isle.
Ireland has been ignored as a tourist destination for quite too long, while it is only now that it has started getting the attention that it deserves. Ireland has always been considered as a sidekick to Britain, but nowadays people are flocking to the island to experience the real Ireland and understand its culture.
Thanks to the efforts of their tourism ministry and people in general, this once insignificant place has come under the radar of international travelers. Dublin is not only the capital of Ireland but is also its cultural and historic center. For first time visitors, visiting Dublin makes sense for a good start.
Although most of the country now speak English, thanks to the culturally destructive British imperialism, there still pockets in rural regions that have preserved their Gaelic heritage and language. Even in Dublin you will Gaelic, but only on signboards.
Here we will see ten best places to visit with kids in Dublin, Ireland.
- Guinness Storehouse:
Originally built in the year 1902 as a beer fermentation plant, the Guinness Storehouse was established in 2000 as a tourist attraction to showcase visitors about Irish beer-making techniques. Since its opening, it has been able to attract more than four million visitors. In 2011, during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, they also paid a visit to the storehouse. The storehouse is not just a place for fermentation of beer, but also an Irish cultural center with breweries as well a restaurant where visitors can enjoy local Irish delicacies.
- Christ Church Cathedral:
Founded in the year 1030, this church is one of the most historically as well religiously important landmarks in the country. It is said that the Christ Church Cathedral is the official center of both the Church of Ireland, as well as the Archbishop of Dublin. The church has nineteen bells, and the weight of its bell is more than two tons.
The Church is built in a combination of Gothic as well as Romanesque architecture due to historic reasons. Since it is a Celtic church, the Romanesque influence comes from the Roman rule before, and the Gothic influence is most likely from the Anglo-Saxon influences.
- Kilmainham Gaol:
Built in the year 1796, the Kilmainham Gaol used to be a prison where criminals of all ages, genders, and types were incarcerated. The prison is popular for the 1916 Easter Uprising when the Irish independence fighters were arrested and put to the gallows here in prison. However, since the beginning of the nineteenth century, very rarely any executions took place in the prison.
After Ireland gained independence from the British rule in 1924, the Irish Free State decommissioned the prison as a symbol of British oppression, however, decided to keep the building as a monument in the memory of those who were incarcerated and hanged here. It was established as a historical sight in the year 1971.
- Ha’penny Bridge:
Known in Irish Gaelic as the Droichead na Leathphingine, the bridge is built over the river Liffey and is 43 meters long and 3.66 meters wide, it was opened to public use in 1816 and was originally called as the Wellington Bridge or even the Liffey Bridge. Like many other European places óf attraction, this bridge too was inundated padlocks (while there are places where people throw coins in wells and pits). Recently, the local government removed three hundred kilograms of padlocks chained to the bridge since it hastens the decay of a historical site.
The City Of Dublin recently celebrated its bicentenary by inviting descendants of the original bridge builder from England.
- The Little Museum Of Dublin:
Although the museum itself is not a historical site, it houses a lot of Ireland’s heritage, connected to its independence struggle, people’s daily lives, Irish culture in general and everything else related to Ireland. You can also call it the Museum Of Irish Heritage.
The museum houses a lot of exhibits related to the history of Ireland, right from the times of the independence war, especially the Easter Uprising of 1916 to the visit of American President Kennedy and memorabilia by U2’s Bono. In 2012, just a year after its establishment, it received the European Museum Of The Year Award.
- The Spire:
Also known as the Monument Of Light, this tall conical tower overlooked the Liffey river and was built in the year 2002. The Spire was built in place of Nelson’s Pillar which was destroyed by a bomb in the year 1966 by the Irish Republic Army freedom fighters as it was considered a symbol of British imperialism.
Standing at the height of 121 meters, The Spire honestly doesn’t feel like anything that is historical, but more of a symbolic monument to replace something that was lost. On the other hand, we can sympathize with the IRA freedom fighters for what they did.
- National Museum Of Ireland:
If you have been looking for a museum in the city that is truly grand and houses a lot of Ireland’s history, then the National Museum Of Ireland is the place that you should be looking for. The museum houses exhibit that range from various era. Right from the Neolithic and prehistoric when man made first inroads in Hibernia, to the ages of antiquity, to the early Middle Ages and right up to the age of British imperialism.
The National Museum Of Ireland is all about understanding the country from a complete historical perspective. You can miss any other location if you want to, but this one is a definite must.
- Irish Whiskey Museum:
It is not just beer that Ireland makes and takes out to the world, but this small island nation is also known for its creamy and delightful whiskeys. There is something that binds the Gaelic nations of Ireland and Scotland together, and one of them is the tradition of making and drinking a whiskey.
A lot of Ireland culinary traditions bend towards alcoholic drinks, and therefore beers and whiskeys are not just drinks where the Irish socialize in pubs or fight a good fight ón weekends, but also a deeply rooted part of their culture.
The Irish Whiskey Museum will educate you about the process of making a whiskey, the fermentation and the machines that are used to make this happen. The museum will also serve its visitors with some samples of whiskey if they would like.
- Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship:
This 19th-century sail ship was originally built by a Scot named John Munn in Quebec, Canada. The reason this ship is one an exhibit here is because it played an important role in ferrying Irish immigrants from Ireland to North America. During the 19th century, when they destructive potato famine struck Ireland, people were dying in thousands due to starvation. To add to it, an apathy by the British acted as a catalyst to send droves of Irish refugees or immigrants to set sail to the new world. Millions of Irish fled the country and immigrated to USA and Canada to escape the famine and the oppressive British rule.
The ship stands 28 meters high and 48 meters long with its mast reaching a height of 8 meters. The ship has also made voyages to and fro between Ireland and Canada in recent years.
- Powerscourt Waterfall:
Ireland is a beautiful country with breathtaking scenery and nature. After you have had experienced enough of Ireland’s history and culture, it is finally time to experience some nature in Ireland. And what could represent the epitome of natural beauty in Ireland other than the Powerscourt Waterfall?
Surrounded by the Djouce Mountain, the waterfall stands high at 121 meters and is ranked as 687th in its height. However, the waterfall is private property. The waterfall and the valley around it are owned by a private estate. So visitors may have to get a special permit before visiting the waterfall.
This was all about the beauty of Ireland and its capital Dublin. Although there are a lot many places in the city to see and experience, we honestly believe that if you have any spare time left, you should better utilize it to experience the lanes and alleys of the old Dublin city where you will find history come alive.
Many say that once you have visited London, Dublin or any other city in the British Isles wouldn’t be any different. But they are wrong, and they will know once they visit the splendid Dublin.