Top Indoor Days Out Dublin


  1. GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone

GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone is a purpose built, interactive series of rooms and challenges designed for groups. Challenges can be enjoyed by groups of kids from 12yrs up and especially as a team building exercise for corporate groups, clubs and teams. Children aged 8-11 can participate as part of a family team, children under 8 are not permitted.

As parents, many of us remember the Kyrpton factor from years ago, or other similar mind and trivia games recently like the The Cube. This gets you close to what GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone is about! More information here

2. Epic Ireland Interactive Visitor Experience


Epic Ireland – Interactive Visitor Experience opened in May 2016 in the CHQ building  in Dublin and celebrates the unique global journey of the Irish people, telling the story of the Irish people around the world using state-of-the-art technology to deliver incredible visual stories with a high level of interactivity.

A unique day out in Dublin located in the beautiful vaults of the iconic chq Building on Custom House Quay in the centre of Dublin, visitors can follow a path through 20 immersive and interactive galleries illuminating the story of Ireland’s communities overseas – past, present and future. More information here

3. Skill Zone Dublin

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Skill Zone Dublin is a multi sport indoor circuit and the first of its kind in Dublin. The location offers an active day out experience incorporating 10 different sports all under the  one roof!

This 16,000 state of the art facility is located in Stillorgan Dublin and is aimed at visitors aged 10 and over. It’s ideal for group days out and is now hugely popular as a choice for kids parties, as well as adult groups like corporate outings and also Stag & Hen parties. More information here

4. Kidspace Play Centre

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Kidspace Play Centre Dublin is Ireland’s only play centre with a dedicated Sensory space.

This multi sensory room features an image projector, soft light tunnel and bubble light tubes providing a stimulating environment with soft relaxing areas and interactive equipment.

There is lots more on offer at this large indoor place centre in Dublin. From play time, arts & crafts, kids discos, story time and messy morning time!!, kids are in for a real treat! More information here

5. Archaeology Museum Dublin

Archaeology Museum Dublin

The Archaeology Museum Dublin is a fascinating day out in Dublin and explores treasures of Ireland’s past. Visitors can browse exhibits covering gold, bog bodies, ceramics, glass, Viking artefacts, as well many other archaeological objects found in Ireland and around the world.

Located in the heart of Dublin city at Kildare Street, enjoy artefacts dating from 7000BC, right up to the 20th Century exhibited across seven galleries.

The Treasury exhibition space has been reopened after a major refurbishment where you can see iconic artefacts such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard, plus the Faddan More Psalter exhibition. More information here

6. Croke Park GAA Museum

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Croke Park GAA Museum celebrates Ireland’s unique national games of hurling and Gaelic football. The museum’s collections and exhibits illustrate the rich history of these national games, highlighting the significant contribution the GAA has made – and continues to make – to Ireland’s cultural, social and sporting heritage.

Explore Croke Park GAA Museum with its exhibition galleries that vividly illustrate the story of Gaelic games from ancient times to present day. Featured exhibitions include the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups, the official GAA Hall of Fame, temporary exhibitions and many other exhibits. More information here

7. Dublinia Visitor Centre

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Dublinia Visitor Centre is located at Christchurch in the heart of Dublin city and is one of Dublin’s Top visitor attractions and an excellent day out for families and friends. The centre is an educational and interactive learning experience, detailing the history of Dublin through Medieval and Viking exhibits.

Viking Dublin and Medieval Dublin take the visitor back to life in the old city; highlights include a trip to a Viking house and a chance to learn the myths and mysteries of the Vikings, while the Medieval Dublin exhibition includes a busy market, with live characters, a rich merchant’s house as well as finding out all about death and disease in Medieval times. More information here

8. The ARK

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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. Our programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks, so expect a different experience every visit!

The Ark was founded on the principle that children, as citizens, have the same cultural rights as adults. We work with key players in the lives of children; seeking to influence and share our specialist knowledge with teachers, parents, artists, community workers, cultural organisations and policy makers. This is our way of helping to ensure that all children in Ireland have access to high quality cultural experiences. More information here

9. Arts & History Museum

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Decorative Arts and History Museum Dublin is located in Collins Barracks, across the River Liffey from the Guinness Storehouse.

The museum features exhibits from Ireland’s past and covers the two main themes –

  • Decorative Arts exploring clothing, garments, furniture, jewellery and ceramics and
  • Military History, exploring equipment, supplies, combat dress and dedicated exhibits covering the 1916 Easter Rising.

More information here

10. Jump Zone

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Jump Zone Santry and Sandyford is an indoor trampoline park offering a unique experience for visitors.

Jump Zone is suitable for children over 5 years and 1 meter in height to adults of 55+ years. Visit as 1 person or a group and you’ll have the opportunity to exercise and enjoy yourself in a family friendly environment.

Divided into a number of courts or zones, Jump Zone offers some really fun activities like Free jumping, Dodgeball (subject to availability), Foam Pit and Aerobics. You know how kids love jumping into ball pits at play centres, well picture that on a bigger scale with lumps of soft foam – best day ever!! More information here for Santry and here for Sandyford

11. Imaginosity Children’s Museum

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Imaginosity Children’s Museum Dublin is a superb child centred creative, educational & interactive space for children under 9 years. It’s a place for adults and children to engage in creative play. Exhibits are educationally designed to inspire life-long learning through play, igniting imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery.

Imaginosity champions the ‘hands-on, minds-on’ philosophy that encourages all visitors to get involved and have fun while learning and create positive and lasting memories. More information here

12. National Aquatic Centre

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AquaZone at The National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, is one of the biggest and most exciting attractions for families, groups and individuals in Ireland. Since 2003 the centre has seen over 8 million people through it’s doors. In 2014 over 930,000 people enjoyed hours of fun in one of Europe’s largest Indoor Water Parks.  The National Aquatic Centre is Ireland’s 4th most popular visitor attraction.

The Leisure Pool, AquaZone, offers extreme thrills, raging water adventures and loads of fun. Our newest attraction is Ireland’s only Flow Rider Surf Machine!! More information here

13. Go Kids Go

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Go Kids Go! Play Centre and Birthday Party Venue located at Coolmine Industrial Estate in Blanchardstown (beside Power City), Dublin 15.

Located just  5 minutes from the M50, with plenty of interactive experiences to engage in, let your children enjoy the thrills and excitement of Go Kids Go!, while you relax and enjoy a tea or coffee in our excellent cafe. Our cafe boasts luxury brands of Java Republic fine coffee.

The adventure play centre is a safe, secure environment where children of all ages and abilities can play, develop and learn.

The equipment has been designed and laid out in a way that promotes healthy play for children of all ages and abilities.More information here

14. The Old Jameson Distillery

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The Old Jameson Distillery Dublin, is set on the grounds of the original Jameson distillery from 1780. Located in Smithfield, it is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions and renowned as a top choice on all brochures outlining things to do in Dublin.

The visitor center and tour gives an insight into the historical and craft story of Jameson as one of the world’s leading whiskeys. Open 7 days a week, why not visit and try some whiskey tasting as part of your day out in Dublin. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Jameson Restaurant and browse unique and exclusive Jameson gifts.

Open 7 days all year, the journey begins with an audio-visual presentation followed by a guided walk through the recreated distillery and culminates in the Jameson Bar with a comparison whiskey tasting and complimentary glass of Jameson Ginger and Lime. More information here

15. Funky Monkeys

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Funky Monkeys Dundrum and Clarehall Dublin welcome you to the jungle of fun activities in our indoor soft play centre. Explore a jungle kingdom of climbing frames, ropes, slides and soft obstacles for kids up to the age of 8 (and under 4ft 5”) and parents alike.

Funky Monkeys also love to host your kids/childrens birthday parties, and you will always find something exciting to do in our daily activity programmes. More information here for Dundrum and here for Clarehall

16. Natural History Museum

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Natural History Museum Dublin is located in Merrion Square Dublin 2, beside government buildings. Affectionately known by Irish people as the “dead zoo”, the museum offers a superb display of natural life exhibits from all areas in Ireland.

Visitors can explore rich and diverse plant and animal life from the Irish countryside and coastlines, exotic animals from around the world and also some of the larger historic animals that once lived in Ireland. Children will love the life size exhibits and will be in awe at the large suspended skeletons of whales, life size lions and tigers and so much more!. More information here

17. Leisureplex

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Leisureplex is a favourite family entertainment centre offering bowling, quasar, children’s play centre and more!

BOWLING – Leisureplex offers you the ultimate bowling experience with ball walls on all lanes, so bowlers of all levels can strike out!! We also provide kiddie ramps for our very youngest bowlers!! There is a fully automatic and computerised scoring system.

Quasar, the most exciting game in town! With hi-tech lazer guns, detectors, smoke and music. Can you reach the enemies headquarters? ‘Play the game that runs on Adrenalin – Not on Batteries’. Get inside the game.

The Zoo is a childrens adventure play area, with slides, tunnels, ball pools and a seating area, so parents can watch the fun. Separate toddler area. Height restriction applies.

More information here


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