Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/David SoanesStatue of a disgruntled harpist. A barrow?Inexplicable purple things in a Dublin parkThe Irish sky over a Dublin streetOminous clouds over the bright festivalStilt walker at the riverside fairThe tall ships on the river in Dublin

Families will love:

  • A lively city with modern and ancient touches
  • Viking adventures and castle explorations
  • Museums for all ages

Flying into Dublin, we witness the fields upon fields of green give way to an expansive city. Reminding me a bit of my first view of London, we hop into a cab to get into the city, which is a combination of the old and new. Tiny, winding streets weaving through a city that feels both intimate and expansive, there stands a stone church, hundreds of years old, right beside a ... more
Flying into Dublin, we witness the fields upon fields of green give way to an expansive city. Reminding me a bit of my first view of London, we hop into a cab to get into the city, which is a combination of the old and new. Tiny, winding streets weaving through a city that feels both intimate and expansive, there stands a stone church, hundreds of years old, right beside a towering modern building made of glass. Mom and pop pubs where locals gather on weathered stools and shout out their hellos to their friends popping in for a plate of fish and chips and a Guinness rest beside cafes with outdoor seating beneath umbrellas (more to ward off rain than sun) and decidedly worldly menus with wines from around the world and hints of Italian antipasto, Spanish tapas and French cheeses.

Like any city in European, it's the combination of the city's past, present and future that make for an exciting vacation. While families may initially target the likes of London and Paris for trips abroad with the kids, the lively Irish capital is equally worthy of a family visit. A growing theater district, a notable music scene, and wonderful restaurants for mom and dad paired with friendly Irish eager to welcome visitors and adventures for children of all ages and Dublin becomes a perfect combination for a family vacation.

You may also want to check out our Ireland Family Vacations section.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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