TIP: Budget travelers can really benefit from a tourist attraction discount pass! By purchasing a pass up front, you’ll be able to bundle the ticket prices of the activities and attractions you really want to see for an overall discount – sometimes of up to 50% for some passes and experiences.
LUGGAGE STORAGE IN DUBLIN (THE AIRBNB METHOD)
Nannybag and other similar companies provide a luggage storage system similar to Airbnb – all you have to do is find a convenient location online, pay a fee online, and drop your bags off.
Their prices are quite affordable: €6 per piece of luggage for the first day; €4 per piece of luggage for each additional day. This pricing includes insurance of 1500€ so you can go stress-free.
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Many of the company’s stores are available 24/7 to meet the needs of travelers with flights or trains at odd hours.
BagBnB serves most major European cities as well, including Dublin. Their reliable storage network uses a variety of business types, including restaurants, bars, and bike rental shops. The company has more than 15 stores, called “Angels”, in Dublin where you can safely store your luggage to enjoy your time in the city.
The cost of storing your luggage with BagBnB is €5 per bag for 24 hours with a fast 3-minute check-in. There is also insurance coverage of €200 for each bag.
Upon arrival or departure at Dublin airport, you no longer need to worry about storing your luggage as luggage storage is provided at the airport. However, it can be useful if you are only planning a short layover and are not staying in the city overnight.
You can find luggage lockers at the terminal T1 arrivals hall, which is open round the clock. The price of storing your luggage at the airport starts from €7 for 24 hours.
Self-service lockers are provided at Dublin Busaras station with options of small, medium, and large lockers. The storage lockers are located inside the Busaras station’s main building which is open from 5:00 am to 13:00 (1:00 pm).
How much does it cost? Locker prices range from €6 to €10, depending on the size.
Most Important: Many of the lockers at the Busaras station are not operational so it is suggested to look for alternative options around the station.
In addition to sharing economy apps, there are also traditional self-storage facilities where you can store your bags for €7 per item while in Dublin. The tourist office has a large basement where you can store bags. The city centre has been offering this service for some time and have multiple locations open from 8:30 am – 18:00 (6:00 pm).
If you don’t want to worry about transporting your baggage at all, you can also get help from companies offering luggage delivery services. Some of these companies offer to collect or drop your luggage at your doorstep and transport them between airports and train stations.
One great luggage delivery service company is Eelway. The good thing about Eelway is that it is open 24/7 and their prices for storage, transfer, and shipping start at €10 or €25 per item. If you have any questions, their website chat box is always open.
This is our top 10 list of the best things to do in Dublin, Ireland. It ranges from cruises and bus tours to popular attractions, cultural activities, music, food, and things to do with the kids. Read more »
After you’ve spent the day seeing all the attractions and museums, take a few suggestions from this article to have an unforgettable evening in Dublin! The list includes free and family-friendly activities, things to do at night, dining suggestions, and open-late attractions.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Dublin. What should you do first? Take a look at our top 10 list of things to do at night in the city to help you narrow down your options. We have tours, culture, museums, and music listed!Read more »
Dublin is a fantastic family-friendly city to visit with your whole group! This post contains our top 10 list of things to do with your kids, as well as sections on free activities, nighttime suggestions, dining options, and museums and attractions to visit.
If you’re looking for something a little different, or to see the President of Ireland’s residence, take a free guided tour of the historic buildings in Phoenix Park.
(2) See the Natural History Museum
Most kids are fascinated by all of the taxidermy animals – several hundred of them are displayed throughout the museum, earning it the nickname, “The Dead Zoo.” Kids can learn what each species looks like. There’s even a towering giraffe.
Dublin has a lot of other great family-friendly museums and attractions, like the Famine Ship and Imaginosity. Check out our list of the best kid-friendly museums in Dublin below.
(3) Experience Music and Theatre
The Ark is a children’s theatre complex with exhibition space. It was built as a place to safely explore the imagination through theatre and culture for kids ages 2 – 12. There are workshops for dance, acting, and more. Check out their events page to see what exhibitions, plays, and workshops might be on!
The National Concert Hall is another great place for kids to explore the arts. They offer 30-minute mini-workshops on weekends for kids between 3 and 8 years old. If you have a budding musician, they will love it!
(4) Sporting Events
Dublin is home to many entertaining sports, the two major ones being football and rugby. Matches are the perfect family entertainment! If you’re in town at the right time, why not grab some tickets?
There are a lot of lovely restaurants in Dublin that feature kids menus, high chairs on offer, and coloring books for the little ones who need to be entertained. One such restaurant is Eddie Rocket’s, which is an Irish chain and has multiple locations across Dublin. They make excellent burgers and mouthwatering milkshakes.
If you’re looking for more dining options, we have an entire section of restaurants and food experiences below!
(6) Explore the Free Parks
One of the most popular playgrounds within Dublin is at St. Stephens Green. There are usually multiple other families enjoying the playground with a wide variety of equipment. The kids can swing, climb, hang from monkey bars, slide, and explore throughout the park.
The rest of the park has plenty of open space for picnics and paths for walking or running.
Dublin’s Ghostbus Tours are popular with visitors of all ages – especially those who enjoy hearing about the spookier side of the city’s history. This specially-renovated bus is full of ghostly atmosphere. You’ll have your own personal guide and storyteller showing you where well-known myths and legends started.
If you’re interested in spooky stories and learning about things like how Bram Stoker actually invented Dracula, this is the tour for you! It is suitable for older children who can handle some theatrical scary stories and props such as fake blood. We feature more fun things to do at night in the section below!
This museum recreates the medieval world of the Vikings! Kids will have a blast learning about the history of this famous group of warriors. There is a fun medieval tower to climb, from which you can see the modern Dublin.
In Dublinia, you can see what life was like on a Viking warship. There are Viking clothes to try on and Viking houses to explore as well. Find more fun attractions in the museums section of this post.
(9) Chocolate Warehouse
Who doesn’t love chocolate? At the Chocolate Warehouse, you can see how chocolate is made. Kids will love the 2-hour chocolate workshop, which includes the history of chocolate and watching a demonstration of making chocolate and Easter eggs.
At the end of the experience, visitors can don their own aprons and try their hand at decorating and packaging up some chocolate to take with them as souvenirs… If you can manage to not eat it right away! If you’re looking for more food-related activities, check out the dining options section of this post.
(10) Use a Tourist Pass
Looking to see as much as possible while keeping the whole family on a budget? Utilizing a tourist pass, such as the Dublin Pass, is one of the best ways to do that. For one price, you’ll get entry into many of the most popular attractions and activities, as well as transportation with the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus! And if there is something not on the pass you want to see, discounts are usually offered.
Here is our list of parks, attractions, and activities you can see and do with the kids for free.
Dublin Castle is absolutely free to wander around the main areas and public exhibits! And there’s plenty to see, from fully-furnished staterooms to architecture and artwork. If you’d like to see inside some of the state apartments and the chapel, you’ll need to purchase a guided tour ticket.
Dublin’s coast is beautiful! And has plenty of space for running and exploring. There are sand dunes and a pier if you can manage to get away from the water for a bit. On warmer days you’ll find locals and visitors sunbathing or participating in water sports or a game of football on the beach.
The whole family can enjoy exploring the dunes and digging their toes in the sand!
Phoenix Park is a massive urban park only a few miles from the city centre. It was originally kept as royal hunting grounds but has been open to the public since the mid-1700s. Both the trails and the grassy open spaces are perfect for running around. And if you’re lucky, you might see some of the very large deer that still live in the park.
Merrion Square Park
This garden square was designed in Georgian times, with lovely tree-covered paths and natural features – like large rocks – to climb on. This square is popular with local children and adults. On one end, you can find the interesting remains of an air raid shelter.
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are well-known for their beautiful glass greenhouses and wide variety of plant life. Kids can play in open green spaces and marvel at the temperature differences from inside and outside the beautiful greenhouses.
St. Stephen’s Green Park
If you’re looking for some space to run and play or just relax, St. Stephen’s Green is perfectly situated in the middle of the city centre. The playground is very popular with both local and visiting families. It is large and fenced in with plenty of equipment to climb, swing, slide, and play on.
You don’t need to send the kids to bed immediately after dinner. Why not explore Dublin a bit more?
Here is our list of places to explore and tours to take after dark in the city.
Take a Ghost Walking Tour
This fun, 90-minute haunted walking tour will get a bit spooky! Learn about Dublin’s darker past and hear ghost stories. Your entertaining guide will keep things from getting too scary with plenty of jokes along the way.
The Ha’penny bridge was built in 1816 to replace using ferries to cross the river. It originally cost a half penny to cross, hence the nickname! The owner of the bridge made enough money on this bridge to stop his own ferry service. Visit at night for some pretty views of the city.
What is better than a beautiful castle? Dublin Castle really shines at night, literally and figuratively! The lighting gives it a mysterious air. Kids can still run around the grounds during the evenings.
Note: The ticketed sections of Dublin Castle are on multiple tourist passes, but this is only available before 5:00 pm.
What do you do if you want to take a tour after all the tour guides have gone home? Or if your little ones just can’t keep up with a full tour? Free audio tours, like these from GPSMyCity, are the perfect way to walk around Dublin on your own time. And night – with fewer crowds – is the perfect time.
Grafton Street is one of the main shopping streets in the city. It sits between College Green and St. Stephen’s Green and is packed with shops and people. Bring the kids along so you can do some shopping and they can be entertained by street performers! You could potentially find singers, musicians, and optical illusion human sculptures.
Here is our list of eating establishments and experiences that will offer great food as well as fun entertainment.
Brother Hubbard North
Perfect for bringing the little ones along, Brother Hubbard North is open for every meal of the day, every day of the week. They have delicious coffee and food, plenty of space, and offer kids menus and high chairs.
Rascals Brewing is a fun restaurant that has good beer, fantastic pizza, and a kids’ play area! The play area allows kids to play games and color. What more could you want in a restaurant in Dublin?
Fallon & Byrne Rathmines
This restaurant is a cute self-serve cafeteria-style dining room. It is full of natural light! They offer half-portions for the children, high chairs are available, and the staff are very helpful for families with small children. If the weather is nice, why not sit on the terrace?
Is it possible to go to Ireland and not have fish? The Fish Shack has fresh seafood on the adult and kids’ menus. They even have supplies for the children to color while you eat! They serve lunch and dinner, and are located close to the Malahide Castle.
Afternoon Tea on a Double Decker Bus
Looking for a fun afternoon tea? Look no further than this vintage double-decker bus tour! It is suitable for guests aged 6 and up. There is seating on both levels and a live, English-speaking guide. You can choose traditional, gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian tea.
Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
Glide down the Grand Canal while eating dinner on a small cruise boat! The tour lasts for two hours and they serve a 3-course dinner. It can get a bit busy, so make sure you book in advance.
Take a Food Tour
If you want to taste a wide variety of Irish food in Dublin, a walking food tour is a great option! This is perfect for kids who’d rather not sit still for a tour or longer meal, and they can expand their palates! Or just grab their favorites over and over again.
There are so many museums in Dublin and so little time.
So where should you take the kids? Here is a list of history museums, art galleries, and other fun attractions for the whole family.
Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship
This authentic replica of the Jeanie Johnston ship that made 16 journeys to North America during the great famine will allow you to see what it was like for the Irish people who were fleeing the country at that time.
Love animals? Take a trip out to the Dublin Zoo! The Zoo has multiple habitats for mammals, birds, reptiles and other groups. Kids will love seeing the animals interacting with their habitats and special enrichment toys!
The whole family can enjoy Rainforest Adventure Golf! It is a bit of a trek south from the Dublin city centre, but they have Amazon-themed mini-golf courses as well as arcade games. There’s also a cafe for pizza and chicken and beer for the adults.
The Malahide Castle is nine miles north of Dublin’s city centre, but a great place for a fun and educational day trip. Learn about medieval castle life, enjoy the parks and Butterfly House, and walk down the interactive Fairy Trail.
Dublin Children’s Museum, Imaginosity, is the perfect place to introduce children to art, theatre, and the world around them. There are exhibits for the youngest of visitors up through school-aged children. Everything is interactive – so much so that they suggest purchasing your timed entry ticket in advance.
National Concert Hall
Introduce your children to music early with these year-round weekend mini-workshops at the National Concert Hall. Kids between 3 months and 8 years can participate in a 30-minute music session to learn about instruments, rhythm, and singing.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you want to purchase a ticket to see all there is to see of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the good news is that kids get in for free at all times. Adults only get free entrance during worship times and if you participate in the worship service.
Natural History Museum
This fascinating museum is also nicknamed “The Dead Zoo” for its hundreds of taxidermy animals on display. Kids will have fun finding species they know and learning about new ones.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. In this article, we will list the top 10 things to do, museums and attractions, nighttime and family-friendly activities, and cheap things you can do so you don’t bust your budget!
With so many things to do, what will you choose? Here is our top 10 list of free things to do in Dublin, including tours, music, attractions, and activities.
(1) Sightseeing Tours
Want to really get to know Dublin? We recommend a tour, of course. When you have a guide who really knows the area you get the best experience and information. Does your schedule not work with the guided tours? We have some great self-guided tours you can complete any time of day or night! (Including a self-guided pub crawl!)Read more »
This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!
Keep in mind that ourname your own price walking toursare always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!
In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!
The following section will break down the differences between each Dublin tourist pass. If you’re confused about how to use the pass or what it does, make sure to take a close look at our definitions for each pass type below.
Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, is filled with thousands of years of history—and over 750 pubs. Its Irish name, Baile Átha Cliath, means Ford of the Reed Hurdles. It was originally settled by Vikings back in 841, and was once home to many famous writers, including Bram Stoker, James Joyce, and Oscar Wilde.
Soaking in all that information can be difficult, so we’ve developed a self-guided tour of the city that covers all the iconic sites as well as some lesser-known haunts.
Or, check out a guided Dublin walking, biking, Segway, or boat tour. If you’re in Dublin to experience the pub culture, check out our self-guided pub crawl or a guided Dublin pub crawl.
This post compares boat tours and cruises in Dublin. Though bike, Segway, and walking tours are a great way to see the city, boat tours are arguably even better! Many reviewers of boat tours mentioned that they learned so much more about the city by boat than they did on foot or bus. Check out some of these Dublin boat tours to find out how they ranked on TripAdvisor. Find out which tours are great for kids, which are best for adults, and which you should avoid altogether.