Merrion Square is a great destination for families in the heart of Dublin.
The large Park at the centre of the Square is quiet and secluded with plenty of lawns for children to run around and play. There is a childrens playground near the West side (the National Musuem/National Gallery side) entrance, and a ‘Coffee in the Park’ stand near the mound at the East side entrance for snacks and drinks. The Square is easily accessible by Dart, Bus and Bike with ample street parking for Cars; which is free on Sundays.
We have developed a special Urban Explorers Trail to help guide your visit to the Square and make it more fun for your mini detectives. The Trail will help them to discover hidden treasures on Merrion Square and Park and delivers a playful journey of discovery that works best for 5 to 10 year olds (but equally well for big kids of all ages).
In addition to the Park, there are great kids activities in many of the organisations around the Square, see below for a quick overview of some of the best ones to visit
Other Places to visit on Merrion Square
The National Museum – Natural History (aka “the Dead Zoo”) is a wonderful place to visit with kids at any time, but especially when they are holding one of their immensely popular family workshops. Click here for their calendar of events. They are open every day except Mondays. See their opening hours here.
The National Gallery of Ireland is a great place to visit with children. Like their neighbours above, there’s a great programme of events for children and families that you can check here (and you can also filter the results for Families and Young People), and they also have a free family packs that you can collect before 4.15pm on the day of your visit, and a drop-in activity area. The NGI are open every day and have a great restaurant and a really interesting shop with lots of books, toys and games for children in stock.
If you take a little stroll to our neighbours the National Print Museum in Beggars Bush you can have another great visit to a National Institution with open exhibitions all year round, some specific family days and a cafe and shop, all int he beautiful surrounds of Beggars Bush. They are also open daily (except Bank Holidays) see here for visit details.
Children can also visit No. 29 The Georgian House for free, and get an insight into how children in Georgian times would have lived.