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Things To Do In Dublin With The Kids

If you are planning a family trip to Dublin with your kids, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Things To Do In Dublin With The Kids

  • Rainforest adventure golf

Go mini-golfing with the family at rainforest adventure golf. This mini-golf course has two indoor 18 hole courses- Aztec and Mayan themed, suitable for both little and big kids. Each mini-golf course lasts about 45 mins, so you can take a break at the café or have fun in their mini arcade.

  • Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre

Enjoy a family day at the aqua zone waterpark located in the national aquatic centre. With 8 water activity attractions, there is something fun for everyone in the family to do. There’s a pirate ship playground for kids, a wave pool, a lazy river for relaxation and more.

  • Viking Splash Tours

Take a tour of the city on land and water with Viking splash tours. A unique 75-minute tour by ‘Viking guides’ delivering informative, entertaining and engaging commentary as they point out some of Dublin’s famous attractions such as trinity college and St. Patrick’s cathedral. A great and fun experience for families.

  • The Chocolate Warehouse

Let your kids learn about the history of chocolate and where it comes from at the chocolate warehouse. Workshops last around two hours and include a 25-minute video of the origins of cocoa beans, a chocolate-making demo and a tour of machinery used in the chocolate factory. You can also have practical sessions of coating and decorating of chocolates. 

  • Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum

Specifically for children up to 9 years of age, this museum is educationally designed to inspire learning in science, theatre, art, engineering, health and environmental workshops where kids and their parents can engage in creative play. Each session lasts two hours and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Malahide Castle

Pay for a guided tour in the Malahide castle or explore the castle grounds and let your kids enjoy a playground, zipline, a diggers pit and plenty of space to run around. There is also a garden and butterfly house where you can see exotic plants, green space and natural beauty, and an interactive fairy trail full of fun- perfect for kids of all ages.

  • Dublin Zoo

Get close up to the animals at the Dublin zoo located in Phoenix Park. Take your kids to learn about wild animals and endangered species. Dublin Zoo is a registered charity, so your visit will help to develop new habitats, experiences and contribute to conservation.

There are also varioufree activities in Dublin that you can do with your kids, such as enjoying a day out in Phoenix park or taking a stroll along the Howth cliff walk.

Whatever activities you decide to do on your trip with your kids, one thing for sure is that you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry if your kids’ clothes get dirty. With Laundryheap, you can book a collection and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.


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10 Free Things To Do In Dublin

If you’re currently in Dublin or planning a visit and want to know what to do when you get there, here are 10 free things you can do in Dublin.

10 Free Things To Do In Dublin

  • National Museums

Learn more about the rich culture and history of Ireland in one of the 3 national museums located around the city. The museum of archaeology, where you can see primaeval artefacts, the decorative arts and history museum, for Irish clothing and furniture and the natural history museum, where you can see a collection of animals from Ireland.

  • Irish Museum Of Modern Art

Take a trip to the IMMA (Irish of modern art) and see a mixture of both exhibitions and collections focused on contemporary art.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

  • Science Gallery

Visit the science gallery to experience a unique hands-on, interactive gallery that combines science and art. The gallery holds many exhibitions that are never the same and hosts workshops, talks and other events. 

  • Chester Beatty 

Check out Ireland’s top museum that contains one of Europe’s best collections of promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures. There is a large selection of cultural displays with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

  • Trinity College

Take a quick visit to one of the oldest structures in Dublin, the Trinity college founded in 1592, located alongside Grafton Street. The old library and the book of Kells are the main attraction of Trinity college but are not free. However, you can stroll along the grounds as there are plenty of things to see.

  • Phoenix Park

Take a stroll through one of the biggest parks in Dublin, Phoenix Park. This park covers about 710 hectares and is home to remarkable monuments,  flower beds and wild deers. It is the perfect place to go to for a walk, play some friendly sports or to sit and relax. It is also home to the Dublin zoo.

Phoenix Park

  • The Iveagh Gardens

Take a trip to the ‘hidden gem’ of the city centre, Iveagh Gardens. There you will see sculptures, sunken lawns, rockeries, rose gardens, a hedge maze and a waterfall.

  • St. Stephens Green

Located right at the top of Graftons street, St. Stephens Park is a large Victorian park that covers around 9 hectares (22acres). With over 3.5km pathways, a pond, a waterfall and several sculptures, It’s another great place to relax, take a stroll or have a picnic. 

  • The Howth Cliff Walk

Take a journey to Howth- a seaside village- with lovely scenery and great seafood. Take a walk along the Howth cliff for an incredible view of Dublin Bay and the city.

  • Poolbeg Lighthouse

Get a unique perspective on Dublin and take a walk along the South Wall all the way out to the 20m high Poolbeg Lighthouse. You’ll also see the stunning view of the Bay and the city. You can best enjoy it on a summers day before sunset.

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If on your visit you require a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will be able to do the job for you. We offer laundry, dry cleaning and ironing and will collect and deliver your items within 24 hours. 


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5 Useful Apps For Expats In Dublin

Dublin is a small but largely populated county, everything is accessible but, as an expat, you still have to get used to how things work. From getting around to discovering new places, here are 5 apps that you may find useful if you’re living in Dublin.

5 Useful Apps For Expats In Dublin

To start with, you’ll definitely need a transportation app for getting around. It is especially useful and convenient if you want to visit the smaller towns just outside Dublin.

The Irish rail app lets you plan your journey and gives you real-time information on arrivals, departures and delays. It also includes DART trains.

Irish Rail: iOS and Android

Dublin’s Luas is a lightrail/tram service, great for when you’re navigating around the city and to tourist destinations.

Luas: iOS and Android

Unfortunately, Dublin’s bus services aren’t that reliable in terms of arrival time. So, it will be super helpful to download the bus app to check routes, see the timetable and plan bus journeys. You can also use it to check your fare. This app is only available on iOS.

If you want to keep up with the latest movies, TV shows, events and more, in Ireland including Dublin, this app gives you all the information you need to stay updated. This app is available on iOS and Android

Living in Dublin can be pretty pricey, especially when it comes to buying or renting properties. Daft lets you search for houses, apartments and other properties that are on sale and available for rent. It also allows users to put their property up for sale too. Get the app on iOS and Android

For days when you have a massive pile of laundry that you need to catch up on or for emergencies, you can schedule a collection with Laundryheap for a helping hand. Collection and delivery is free and it’s all done within 24 hours. Download the app on iOS or Android.


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8 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Dublin

Dublin is no doubt a beautiful county in Ireland with rich history. Whether you’re planning to temporarily or permanently move to Dublin, here are 8 things you should know before moving there:

  • Dublin is extremely international

In Dublin, you’ll find expats from all over the world and because of this diversity you will be able to find a whole variety of cuisines, from authentic Nigerian food to Portuguese cuisines. Many international companies HQ’s such as Google and Facebook can also be located in Dublin.

  • They are super friendly

It’s normal in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland to randomly talk to strangers and have a nice chat with them. Irish people in general are very welcoming and polite in their speaking. They’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction if you get lost.

  • Everything’s accessible! 

Getting around is easy from the bus, DART (train), Luas (lightrail/tram), bikes and taxi. You can even  walk from one end of the city to the other in just 30 minutes and nature is always at close proximity.

  • Buses don’t follow the schedule

Unfortunately, the buses are not exactly the best in terms of arriving when they should. Buses don’t actually follow the real-time information that you’ll see on the screen, so they can be pretty unreliable. Despite this, people still thank the drivers anyway.

  • ‘Your Man’ doesn’t actually mean your man.

If you’re having a conversation and the phrase ‘your man’ comes up, that doesn’t actually refer to your man but it refers to ‘a man’ or ‘that guy’.

  • The Pub Culture

You can find many, many pubs in Dublin and all across Ireland really. The pub is a great place to gather, not only to have a few pints but to relax and just enjoy! It is a great place to meet new people and socialise. There are a few things you’ll need to know about Irish pub culture though, like a pint

  • The weather is unpredictable

Much like the British weather, you’ll never know what the weather will be like throughout the day. It can be rainy at some point and then sunny the next. You can expect to have dull weather most of the time though.

  • The ‘Craic‘ and banter

People love to be merry and know how to have a fun time. You’ll never find them bored or having nothing to say. ‘Craic’ is a term for news, fun, stories, entertainment etc etc. Basically anything that is not boring. You’ll often here the question ‘What’s the craic?’ or ‘what’s the story?’ as a replacement to ‘how are you?’, in which your reply should be a super exciting and interesting story.

Whether you live in Dublin or are just visiting, if you need a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, wash and deliver your clothes all within 24 hours.