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If you are looking for something to do this summer with the children, taking a trip to Dublin may be on your list.

Why not try this great trip along the Dart Line, you would never manage all of this in one day, but either pick a few which interest you or spread it over a day or two.

For the price of a family ticket for Dublin Bus and Dart it should be easy enough to move around.

Here are a few suggestions of free attractions to visit a long the dart line.

Howth

Taking the dart from Dublin out to Howth, is great fun and there is plenty to do when you arrive. Lots of places to eat beautiful walks along the harbour or more adventurous along the cliff walk (you won’t get a buggy along this you would need a  baby/toddler back pack)  You can spend anything from an hour to a whole day here.  There is also a good playground along the seafront which suits most ages from very young to 10 years. Finish off with a bag of fish and chips from the various chip shops.

Howth Junction

Getting off the dart at Howth Junction you can then change Dart for Malahide.  Visit Malahide itself a picturesque town and the much loved  Malahide Castle. There is a great playground here and a visit to the Model railway is a must for any child.

Connolly Station

Get out here and stroll up along some of Dublin’s oldest streets to visit O ‘Connoll Street, The GPO and the famous Spire. Take a ride in one of the rickshaws or just take in the hustle and bustle of the shops on Henry Street. Plenty of fast food restaurants and cafés here if you need to take in a food stop.

Tara Street

Get off the dart here and after a short walk you can walk along the Liffey on the newly erected Boardwalks.

Pearse Street

Located centrally in Dublin, there are at least three National Museums are open free to visitors.  Visit the National Museum in Kildare Street for Prehistoric, Celtic, Viking and Medieval History or the National Museum in Collins Barracks for arts, crafts, numismatics and the military history of Ireland. And don’t forget the unique Natural History Museum, the “Dead Zoo” which has re-opened to visitors.
Don’t forget the new addition the Science Gallery at Trinity College, located just beside Pearse Street, Dart Station.
Further up the road is the The National Gallery of Ireland who  often do fun things for visiting children.

Grand Canal Dock

A relatively new addition to Dublin’s Dart line this stop will bring you to the brand new Grand Canal Theatre, a must for taking in a show or just a short walk along to the Docklands area on both sides of the River  Liffey. The newly refurbished Point Village has a fantastic market every Saturday and Sunday.

Lansdowne Road

For any sporty fans you have with you, this is a must get out and have a look stop. Make sure you have you cameras at the ready. The brand new Aviva Stadium, (fondly still known as Lansdowne Road)  home to football and Irish Rugby has wowed all around and is certainly worth looking at.

Blackrock

Another picturesque small town along the way with plenty to see. A bustling market takes place here  every weekend and there is a beautiful park to stroll around.

Dun Laoghaire

Home to the ferry which goes to the UK many a fun time has been spent strolling along the harbour eating the famous Teddy’s Ice creams and watching the ferry coming and going from Holyhead. There is a lovely ornate Peoples’ park just a short walk from the dart station along the sea front and a small garden tearooms serves teas and scones all day.

There is a wonderful family festival here in July celebrating all the International Cultures of the world.

Sandycove to Bray

Any of these stops are worth hopping off at for  a quick visit.  At Sandycove visit Joyce’s Martello Tower, but not before glimpsing naked elderly men braving the cold of the sea at the “40 Foot”. Maybe not one for the younger members of the family!

Dalkey is a beautiful village with lots of cafés and pubs serving excellent food. If you are lucky enough you may spot Maeve Binchy, Bono, Ryan Tubridy or Pat Kenny out and about,  who all live around this famous south Dublin village.

Killiney has a beautiful beach and if it’s a hot day a swim here will cool you off. Just a walk along here throwing stones in at the waves is great entertainment for parents and children alike.

Or just stay on the Dart from Dun Laoghaire to Bray and relax, get a rest and soak in the scenery as the Dart takes you along this scenic tour.

Bray

There is plenty to do here at this sea side town which has been a popular haunt for hundreds of years with families coming to Dublin for a visit. There are plenty of shops along the Main Street Finnbees coffee shop is a must for all you coffee lovers and their smoothies are delicious.

A walk along the Promenade will bring you past the brilliant family attraction Sealife a must with all the children and the Adults enjoy this one too. (After visiting numerous aquariums throughout Europe with my children this one is actually one of the best.)

If you are not yet tired out the Cliff walk  from Bray to  Greystones is open again after reconstuction work last year.

The now famous Bray Summerfest is on for all of July and August so this is packed with entertainment for all ages.

If you need a meal at this point the Martello does great pub grub and excellent value meals.

Of course all the usual haunts are in Bray food wise, with Mc Donald’s and Eddie Rockets on the main street and numerous Fish and Chip shops.

Further A field – Greystones

If you haven’t seen enough you can hop on the Dart in Bray and go as far as Greystones for more things to see and do.

Enjoy your Dart Tour.

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