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Ireland with Kids
We have family in southern Ireland and try to visit at least once a year, always returning to our favorite places but adding in a few new destinations as well. These are the sites that we would highly recommend to other families.
Dublin is by far the largest city in Ireland and is a perfect place to start any trip – especially because it has the most flight options. We typically base out of the centrally-located Merrion Hotel and take a city tour our first day – there’s a wide range of tour options, from large free tours (tips encouraged) to group tours and private tours – and then we go back to our favorite places the following days. Trinity College is interesting for kids and adults alike – especially the amazing single chamber library – as is nearby Dublin Castle. The Dublin Zoo is always a hit. Be sure to check out the Natural History and Archeology Museums, and take a walk through the Temple Bar area.
We spend the majority of our time in Kinsale, on Ireland’s southern coast. Our kids love the town itself, with fun shops and cafes, a playground and artistic ramps that they always try to reach the top of, but the main attractions for us are Charles Fort, a star fort from 1682 where our kids spend hours playing and exploring, and the coast near Sandycove right outside of town, where we take daily hikes. There’s also a fun Ghost Tour through town that departs most summer evenings. Be sure to catch the Wednesday Farmers Market, held all year long.
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