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Our most recommended South East Ireland Family-friendly Activities

Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

1. Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

Go to Dublin’s National Wax Museum Plus to experience a museum unlike any other. Whether you are young or old, a culture vulture or fun seeker, male or female, star struck or star studded, the National Wax Museum is the ultimate entertainment experience. Wander the galleries to try out the exciting interactive attractions, including a salute to the legacy of Dublin’s literary heritage in the Writers Room, and the stages of Irish history in the Time Vaults.   Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, at 22-25 Westmoreland Street, the museum is housed over 3 floors and covers 13,000 square feet in a historic Lafayette landmark building. Designed to deliver the most thrilling interactive experience possible, attractions include an enchanting children's wax world, Ireland's only dedicated tribute to its top scientific inventors, a Father Ted room and all the exceptional lifelike waxwork characters you can imagine.

Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a sightseeing bus. See all of the sights of the city with unlimited hop-on hop-off for either 24 or 48 hours. Learn about the history and heritage of Dublin from on-board audio commentary. During the summer months, the tour will be conducted by a live English-speaking guide on every other bus. You’ll get a chance to hop off at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse to discover the origins of one of the world’s most famous beverages. For a touch of sophistication, head over to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where you’ll experience a staggering collection of artwork. You can remain on the bus for a full loop, enjoying the 360 degree views from the open-top deck of sights such as Phoenix Park and the River Liffey.  Dublin City Route stops: • Irish Whiskey Museum • Dublin Castle • Christchurch Cathedral • St Patrick’s Cathedral • The Dublin Liberties Distillery • Guinness Storehouse • Pearse Lyons Distillery • Irish Museum of Modern Art • Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Station • Phoenix Park • Parkgate Street • Collins Barracks • Smithfield Square • Temple Bar • The Writers’ Museum • O’Connell Street • The GPO • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum • The Convention Centre Dublin • U2 Studios • Ballsbridge  • RDS Main Hall  • Simmonscourt  • Morehampton Road  • Leeson Street Upper • Merrion Square • Merrion Street • St Stephen’s Green • Dawson Street

Birr: Birr Castle Demesne Entry Ticket

3. Birr: Birr Castle Demesne Entry Ticket

Enter into the Birr Castle and explore its many parks and gardens, while learning about the achievements of the Parsons family. Delve deep into their ground-breaking inventions and feats in the fields of science, engineering, photography, and more. Admire over 5000 species of tress and plants, wonderful wildlife, and riverside walks. Arrive at the wonderful old stable block designed by the 3rd Countess of Rosse. Now, it is home to the site's cafe, gift shop, facilities, entrance check in, and Ireland's Historic Science Centre. Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary achievements of the Parsons family who have a global reputation for their ground-breaking inventions and feats in the fields of science, engineering, photography, astronomy, and botany. For over 400 years, this remarkable family has resided at the romantic and inspirational setting of Birr Castle Demesne that is now home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosse. Set in the heritage town of Birr on 120 acres of parklands and gardens, this castle demesne boasts a rare collection of over 5000 species of trees and plants, wonderful wildlife, and peaceful walks along rivers, waterfalls, and lakes. Many visitors start a visit with a welcome video, followed by time in the Science Centre before venturing into the beautiful parklands and gardens.

Dublin: Walking Street Food Tour with Local Guide

4. Dublin: Walking Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Try out a variety of Dublin street food and learn about the city's history from your local guide on this walking tour. Discover 5 top Dublin restaurants and street food spots, each one a surprise, as you stroll around the city center. Meet your guide on historic Thomas Street and begin your tour of the city's coolest eateries. Get off the beaten trail and visit some spots only the locals know about (cost of food and drinks not included in the tour price.) Make sure to come along hungry, as you will be stopping off for five delicious street eats along the way and at least one of the stops will be a dessert stop. During stops, mingle with your group and friendly guide and make friends from all over the world. The focus is on street food and what is enjoyed day-to-day by locals, so you are guaranteed a uniquely authentic experience.

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

5. Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

Journey back in time by almost 1,000 years as you enter Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Built circa 1028, the sacred monument is perfectly located in the heart of the city's medieval center and features a beautiful interior and the largest crypt in Ireland. Constructed in the early 12th century, and the oldest structure still in use in Dublin today, the crypt is home to some fascinating memorials and curiosities. Look at the treasury, and see the mummified cat and rat. According to cathedral lore, the cat chased the rat into the pipe of an organ and both became stuck. They are mentioned by James Joyce in "Finnegans Wake" and are known locally - with typical Dublin wit - as "Tom and Jerry." Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who beat a path to the church in the Middle Ages. Learn about the important collection of relics in the church. Admire the stained glass windows and medieval floor tiles of the nave. 

Dublin: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Entrance Ticket

6. Dublin: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Entrance Ticket

Explore the emigration history of Ireland at the world's first fully digital museum in Dublin, winner of Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2019, 2020, and 2021. Learn how 10 million people have left the island over the centuries through the amazing exhibitions at the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Follow the dramatic story of how the people of Ireland have left home to settle around the globe, and how they changed the world along the way. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure and discovery the world has ever known as you explore the 20 state-of-the-art galleries. Located in the CHQ building in the historic docklands, the museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way. Experience this digital and interactive award-winning technology and receive a souvenir passport to take home at the end of your visit.

Kildare: Irish National Stud & Gardens Racehorse Experience

7. Kildare: Irish National Stud & Gardens Racehorse Experience

Experience one of Ireland's true gems with this ticket to the Irish National Stud and Gardens, just 40 minutes outside Dublin. Discover the historical grounds which is one of the only thoroughbred breeding farms open to the public. Once inside, stroll through the stud farm and its picturesque gardens, and learn of its unique history. Join a free tour and view immaculately bred stallions. Admire protective mares alongside their frolicking foals. Meet retired equine racing stars like Hurricane Fly, Beef, Salmon, and Faugheen on the stud "Living Legends" Team. Enjoy a stroll through two remarkable gardens; The Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra's Garden. Enter an oasis of calm in the Japanese Gardens and travel the "Life of Man" path which traces the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond. Visit St Fiachra's Garden which is an inherently Irish Garden that symbolises the power of the Irish Landscape. Spot various native species and an array of Irish wildlife. Take part in the award winning interactive Irish Racehorse Experience which takes visitors on a journey from the birth to the retirement of a racehorse. Receive a "horse box" that gives you the opportunity of "owning a racehorse". After learning about foaling, the early years, and the history of the thoroughbred, enter an interactive auction where you can purchase an unbroken yearling. Through a series of beautifully appointed rooms learn about training, racecourses, jockeys, and the anatomy and physiology of these magnificent athletes. Experience the fashion, betting, and animated commentary style as you witness your chosen racehorse on race day. Visitors will even get the chance to ride their horse on a simulated ride to find out how their investments work in a race. Conclude your experience in the Living Legend room which has floor to ceiling large windows overlooking the elite, retired racehorses as they graze in the paddock. Not only will this room explain life after racing but also the diaspora of all the famous horses and people around the world. Beautifully set on 850 acres of lush green rolling hills, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is a must visit for anyone travelling to Ireland and looking to discover a true Irish treasure.

Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

8. Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

Our tour begins near St. Stephen’s Green at The Rolling Donut, one of Dublin’s original doughnut shops. The Rolling Donut has an amazing selection of doughnuts to sample and you can see many of them in the photo above. While we’re there, we’ll try some of their signature flavors and talk a bit about the history of Dublin and the surrounding neighborhood. From there, we’ll walk up Grafton street on our way to visit Molly Malone and learn a bit about how she fits into the history of Dublin. At our second stop, we’ll try some traditional Irish churros . Believe me, churros might not be traditional to Dublin, but these churros are delicious nonetheless. Walking through Temple Bar, we’ll make our way to our third stop, which is one of the best doughnut shops you’ll ever visit in Dublin or elsewhere. Make sure to pace yourself at this point, because we have one last stop to see. After crossing the River Liffey and taking in the beautiful sites along the river, we’ll make our last stop at the Hot Donut. We hope you can join us on our doughnut adventure. We look forward to hosting you soon!

Must See Dublin in a Day

9. Must See Dublin in a Day

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Dublin like a local! When you book this experience, you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. A like-minded and vetted local host who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be handpicked and assigned to you.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Based on the things that you would like to see and do a personalized itinerary will be built just for you. During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary to make your visit even more enjoyable. Let your private local host show you the side Dublin that you will love!

Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game

10. Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game

Explore the Dublin buried beneath your feet, a Dublin of English invaders, run with an iron fist by the Catholic Church and built by the Vikings. Uncover their stories by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you’ll receive your access code by email to be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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The weather was awful, but the tour was great. (Kevin adjusted to keep us out of the rain as much as possible,) Not only did we visit places for tasty food at low prices; we also got history and humor. Tour included 3 savory and 2 sweet /dessert stops. Portions at each location were large and shareable so make sure you bring a BIG appetite or a friend for sharing. Kevin also provided recommendations for the rest of my stay stay in Dublin and suggestions for restaurants on the coast. Definitely worth the money. I had a great time despite the weather.

Birr castle demense was lovely. I brought my grandchildren and they enjoyed the whole adventure of going through the woods. They had a ball in the playground. My only advice is go early in the morning as you will need the whole day to see everything. I would highly recommend it for a day out and the price is very reasonable.

Kevin was amazing! Very informative about Irish history and culture. Can’t recommend enough. Super inexpensive. Buy what you want to eat. Food very tasty but the tour was even better. He also does a walking pub tour

Great way to explore the city. Some of the questions were unclear and there were a few restricted areas that I wasn’t able to find due to a big concert in the area but all in all I had fun.

Great museum for all ages! Inspiring, thot provoking, educational. Such an important perspective on emigration and immigration.