Dublin, so named when the Vikings sailed their ships into Dublin Bay in 836 and set up their trading base near a "black pool," called Dubh Linn by the local Irish people. The Vikings were followed by the Anglo-Normans, the English, and in 1921, Dublin became the capital of the independent Republic of Ireland. Traveling around Dublin with kids is easy – downtown is very compact.

Old City
City Centre
Dublin day trips
Dublin: Vikings and Celtic treasures – Read our blog post, setting out to search for history of Vikings and ancient Celtic treasures in Dublin.
Walk along the River Liffey - If anyone in your family loves bridges, this is the place to go. The river is criss-crossed by all sorts of bridges - pedestrian bridges, wide car bridges, elevated train brides, and each one is different. Walk west along the river, checking out each bridge.
National Aquatic Centre - Need an afternoon to relax in a huge indoor water park? It takes a car to get there, but the National Aquatic Center has a wave pool, water slides, surfing machine, giant flume, water coaster and lazy river.

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