10 day out ideas to try during two weeks of free kids public transport

Free Travel: Try some of these fun days out when the kids travel free from July 25th - August 7th
Free Travel: Try some of these fun days out when the kids travel free from July 25th - August 7th

Children aged between four and eighteen can enjoy FREE travel on public transport for a fortnight starting from Monday 25th July.

During these two weeks all Dublin Bus, Luas and Dart services are free to children who hold child Leap cards.

It's a great opportunity to try out some of the best family days out in Dublin.

Here are some of our favourites with details on how to get there.

1) Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s, including the execution of 14 leaders of the 1916 Rising. 

How to get there:  Dublin Bus routes: no. 69, 79 from Aston Quay, Dublin 2; no. 13 & 40 from O’Connell St, Dublin 1, or College Green Dublin 2.  Luas Tram: red line – nearest stop is Suir Road. 

2) EPIC Ireland

EPIC Ireland is the new Irish diaspora museum. It brings to life the story of how Ireland's people spread around the globe & how they changed the world.

Housed in the chq Building, a historic stone and iron warehouse, built in 1820, this state-of-the-art visitor attraction tells the EPIC story of the Irish people’s dispersal throughout the world over the ages. Click here to find out how to get 2 for 1 passes for use this summer.

How to get there:  Dublin Bus: 14, 15, 27 bus to Amiens Street/Connolly Station or 15a, 15b & 151 arrive at Custom House Quay/Jurys Hotel. Dart:  5-minute walk from Connolly Station or Tara Street Station or a 10-minute walk from Pearse Station. Luas: George’s Dock stop on Luas Red Line

3) National Wax Museum Plus

The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Dublin's city centre Temple Bar district and just off Dame Street. The museum is housed over four floors and 13,000 square feet in a historic Foster Place landmark building, previously the home for Ireland's gold store and arms at the turn of the last century!  Get 20% off family passes with coupon in the Sunday World on July 17th

How to get there: Dublin Bus: Nearest stops Dame Street & College Green with the 9, 13, 16, 27, 40, 54a, 65, 65b, 68, 77a, 83, 150, DartClosest station is Tara Street. LUAS: Closest Luas Stop is either  Stephen’s Green on the Green Line or Jervis Street on the Red Line.

4) Airfield Estate & Farm

Airfield Estate & Farm is Dublin’s only 38 acre working farm, gardens and visitor attraction which is open to the public all year round.

Key things not to be missed on the estate this summer include: Working farm with daily egg collection,, Jersey milking and tasting and animal feeding, Ornamental and food gardens, Family house tours, Vintage cars, Woodland walk, Outdoor play areas & Overends Restaurant. Click HERE to find out how to get 2 for 1 passes for use this summer.

How to get there: Dublin Bus: 11, 14, 14C, 44, 44B, 75, 116 to Dundrum. Luas: Airfield is served by the Luas Green Line. Exit at the Balally stop

5) The Ark

The Ark is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Summer Camps, workshops and special events to give children an insight and practical experience of the world of animation. And don't miss their free exhibition going behind the scenes of Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea. 

How to get there: Dublin Bus: Take any of the following busses to Dame Street /  College Green: Dame Street: 15E, 15F, 49, 49A, 50, 51, 51B, 51C, 54A, 56A, 65, 65B, 68, 69, 69X, 77, 77A, 77X, 78, 78A, 79, 79A, 121, 123, 150, 151. College Green: 16, 16A, 16C, 19, 19A, 19C, 49, 49A, 51B, 51C, 54A, 65, 65B, 83, 121, 122, 123, 150, 151.Dart: Closest station is Tara Street. LUAS: Closest Luas Stop is either  Stephen’s Green on the Green Line or Jervis Street on the Red Line.

6) Bray

Bray has something for everyone…Easily accessible but with lots of fun family activities including Bray AdventuresBrennanstown Riding School, Squirrel's Scramble, Star Leisure Amusements, Sea Life Aquarium or even Climb the Great Sugarloaf.

Dublin Bus:  45a, 84a, 145. Dart: Bray has it's own DART station.

7) Phoenix Park & Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park has plenty of attractions, Aras an Uachtaráin, where the sitting Irish President resides, Farmleigh House, Dublin Zoo, Papal Cross, People's Flower Gardens. plenty of walks, picnic areas and a fantastic playground.

How to get there: Dublin Bus: There is wide choice of bus routes to and from the outskirts of the Phoenix Park including No. 25, 26, 37, 38, 39, 46a & 70. LUAS: Heuston or Museum Stop on the Red Line. Train: From Connolly Station commuter trains operate on a regular basis to Ashtown and Phoenix Park Train Stations, both of which are in close proximity to the Park.

8) Howth Cliff Walk

Howth is a small fishing village situated to the north of Dublin Bay. While the village and harbour area is bustling with activity - restaurants, shops, pubs - the peninsula also has some of the nicest walks in Ireland.

How to get there: Dublin Bus: 31, 31a, 31b from City Centre. DART: Howth has it's own DART line beside the harbour.

9) National Aquatic Centre - Aquazone

AquaZone is located  at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin. It is an indoor heated water park - there are pools and slides to suit all ages and capabilities.  Once you pay in you can stay as long as you like.  There are regular pools, a beach entry (v. shallow) pool water slides, wave pool and a lazy river.

How to get there: Dublin Bus: 38 or 38A from O'Connell Street in the City Centre to Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.

10) GoQuest Indoor Challenge

GoQuest is an indoor, multi challenge themed arena for older children, teenagers and adults. Their custom designed arena has 27 unique challenge rooms for you to try and complete, against the clock during a fun filled session. The rooms are a mix of light physical, skill & mental challenges with three levels of difficulty so there really is something for everyone! Find out how to get 15% off this summer

How to get there: Dublin Bus: Currently the area is served by several bus routes, which terminate in close proximity to the site: 9 , 17a, 40, 83, 140 

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