National Heritage Week, 20 – 28 August
With hundreds of events happening all over the city, ranging from tours and workshops to interactive exhibitions and concerts, Dublin is set to be buzzing with interesting activities during the last week of August. With so much to see and do and every interest catered for, why not let every family member pick their favourite and then share in all the fun together. Exploring themes of archaeology, the environment, architecture and Dublin’s great cultural and historical contributions, National Heritage Week is the perfect occasion to take a trip and really explore the city’s nooks and crannies.
There are far too many events to list on this page but you can explore everything on offer here.
Riverdance, 13 June – 04 September
One of the greatest shows ever created comes home to Dublin for its 20th Anniversary. Riverdance took the world by storm with a whirlwind of Irish dancing, merging the traditional jigs and reels from our long Celtic history with a contemporary twist. After performing in every major cultural capital right across the planet, earning rave reviews everywhere it went, Riverdance has become a global phenomenon, putting Irish dancing front and centre in the modern conscience. Whether your kids are dancers or not the show is highly lauded as being a wonderful and exciting family occasion.
Check out more details of ticketing and availability here.
Story Doodles Family Workshop, 20 August
If you have a budding storyteller, or a clutch of them, in your midst then why not plan a trip around this excellent workshop. Lead by Emmy-Award winning storyboard artist Marten Jonmark, and geared towards all ages from 5+ the event aims to educate and encourage children to explore their creative side in comfortable surroundings. Working as a family you will make your story a reality, choosing your own characters, storylines and setting. With no limits and under expert guidance, the workshop is an excellent opportunity to help your kids get in touch with their imagination and inner artist.
You can find out more about the workshop here.
Set on 28 hectares at the edge of the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland’s favourite family attractions. Venture into the wild and varied habitats of the over 100 species who call the Zoo home, such as the African Savanna, Kaziranga Forest Trail and the atmospheric Reptile House. The aim of the Zoo is education and conservation, so every area is filled with interesting and important information, making a visit educational as well as exciting. With the great freedom the animals have to roam about, visitors can observe the natural actions and interactions of these magnificent beasts both big and small.
A trip to Dublin Zoo can be the perfect centre piece to any mini-break and is always a favourite for kids of all ages. Find out more details about it here.
The Easter Rising in 1916 was a seminal moment in Irish history and this year there is a host of events happening to commemorate the occasion. As Dublin was the focal point of the revolution it is only natural that the capital also plays host to the majority of the national activities. In August this includes theatre performances, guided tours and the main exhibitions Revolution 1916 at the Ambassador and Proclaiming a Republic at Collins Barracks. As such an important event in our national history and with a huge variety in presentations, the 1916 Centenary is a great way to see Dublin through new eyes and educate the family at the same time.
To find out more about what 1916 related events are on where visit here for more information.
With a whole host of small events and interesting activities happening all over the city just before the curtain comes down on the summer holidays, a short break to Dublin can be a perfect balance of the planned and the spontaneous. So pack some small cases, grab the family and head up to the big smoke to squeeze the last drop out of the kids’ time off school.
As one of the city’s premier providers of luxury self-catering accommodation Your Home From Home gives you the opportunity to take in all the city has to offer while still having the home comforts and privacy you’d expect from having your own place in the city. With the fantastic online discounts we offer as well, you can also make huge savings in comparison to the peak-rates charged for summer stays in hotels. Check out our availability and rates and create a perfect late summer mini-break for you and the family with Your Home From Home.