Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin’s oldest buildings and a place of pilgrimage for over 1,000 years. It was founded by Sitiuc, Norse King of Dublin in 1030 and it was incorporated into the Irish Church in 1152.
The cathedral is worth a visit for its exquisite floor tiles, architecture and its famous 12th Century crypt, one of the oldest in Ireland and Britain, which hosts an exhibition of rare manuscripts and historic artifacts.
Christ Church is also renowned for hosting the first performance of Handel’s Messiah.
More information on christchurchcathedral.ie
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are one of the most visited free attraction in Dublin. They are 19.5 hectares and contain many attractive areas such as arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and a lot of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding.
More information on www.botanicgardens.ie
Built in the late 18th century, the Farmleigh House was purchase in 1873 by a great-grandson of Arthur Guinness in 1873 becoming one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness Family.
The house is situated in the north-west of Phoenix Park and it is a fine example of Georgian-Victorian architecture. It contains many beautiful features such as the Main House, the Sunken Garden, the Walled Garden, the Clock Tower, the Lake and the Library. This latter one holds some of the finest examples of Irish bookbinding from the last three centuries. More information on www.farmleigh.ie
AquaZone, at the National Aquatic Centre, is one of the most innovative water parks in Europe. A whole host of exciting features such as extreme thrills, raging water adventures or flying through the air.
This amazing water park has the biggest and best water rides and attractions in Europe.
More information on www.nationalaquaticcentre.ie
Tayto Park is a modern and well run amusement park with an excellent programme of activities for whole family. It is one of the first amusement park in Ireland with over 100 attractions. The full visitor experience takes approximately 4 hours.
More information on www.taytocrisps.ie/
Clara Lara Fun Park
Clara Lara Fun Park is a 50-acre child and family-centred attraction located in County Wicklow, five miles from Glendalough.
It includes popular attractions for children such as: amphicats, aqua shuttle, rowing boats, junior go-carts, mini golf and radio controlled boats, which can be used for small additional fees above the overall ticket price, whereas a basic admission allows the children to enjoy the smaller water slide, kiddie carts, tree houses, and assault courses.
Visitors have the option to bring along their own picnic baskets and enjoy the picnic area or to purchase a meal or snack at the picnic restaurant. Barbecues are also encouraged, as there are a small number of barbecue facilities on site.
More information on www.claralara.com
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