Ireland is gorgeous and baby friendly and while there are many scenic little towns and counties to explore, Dublin is where most start their exploration. As with any city there’s plenty to see, do and explore with a baby. The only rule to remember is that after 9 – 9:30 p.m. in Dublin you will most likely not be allowed into an establishment that does not serve food (if you have a baby with you). While we were disappointed, we Not to worry, you can get your late night Craic fix when you’re on the road. Lining up a babysitter is definitely a great idea if you’re looking to hit the town with your partner in Dublin!
Where to Stay
If you enjoy apartment stays when travelling opt for the gorgeous Luxury Penthouse Duplex with the loveliest hostess ever. This spot was smack dab in the middle of it all and can walk everywhere, though the LUAS, the local subway is around the corner as well. You are in the middle of a hustling and bustling city. Expect some od the Saturday clubbing crowd and easy access to dining and tourist explorations. The two bedroom apartment has all the fixins including a welcome gift basket to get you started right. Kids toys, crib, guards for the doors and plenty of little details to ensure you have a luxurious stay. Plus there’s a kid’s playground right by the building!
Where to Dine
Half the fun in visiting a new city is discovering foodie spots for yourself…we stumbled our way through referrals from locals and TripAdvisor and lucked out at most of them! Here’s our list of spots that stood out cuisine wise and were baby friendly!
Church Bar and Restaurant : Ever want to grab a pint or have dinner in a Church? Be sure to swing by here and do just that!
Leo Burdock : This is a tiny take out joint where you get a mammoth piece of the freshest fish with copious amounts of chips (fries). Take it to the park next door and enjoy your eats!
Red Torch Ginger : If the good ole Irish fare is getting to you, this Thai spot will provide a good balance to your repertoire! Locally sourced meats is something they pride themselves in so that was an added bonus.
Buttlers Chocolate : Pop in for one of the best milkshakes and a sampling of chocolate! Great spot to pick up some gifts for those back home. Yes it’s a bit of chain you can find around the world but Dublin is where it all started!
Brewers Dining Hall : If you’re at the Guinness Storehouse, be sure to have lunch or a snack here. The canteen style set up is perfect for lunch and we were pleasantly surprised that the best pies and stews we had throughout our travels in Ireland, was right here!
Luigi Malones : If you find yourself hungry in the Temple Bar area well past the 9 p.m curfew for young ones at the bars… check these guys out. Food was good with a mix of cuisines (mainly Italian though) and their kid’s menu had options that went beyond the regular chips. Pizza, pasta , fish cakes and tiramisu were all very good.
Temple Bar : No visit to Dublin is complete without a stop in here for a quick pint and a bit of music. Pop in on a weekend afternoon and enjoy some live tunes, Jameson and a pint! It can be crazy busy but you’ll be sure to find a spot to park an umbrella stroller and a seat to rest your tushies on.
Where to Play
Jameson Distillery : A fantastic tour that really takes you through the process. Tours run often and took about an hour – do volunteer if given the chance! The guide was friendly, sassy and funny. There’s a baby change room if necessary and is fairly stroller friendly, save a few stairs.
Guinness storehouse : Definitely buy your tickets online as the line ups are always long. Here’s a tip… if you forget to buy it online,there’s free wifi to buy tickets off your phone at the Storehouse! Also note that there’s a hidden self check in kiosk where you can use your credit card to buy tickets avoiding the line up. Nearly every floor has a bathroom with a baby changer. Having a stroller can get a bit confusing using the elevator to get around vs the clearly marked path when on the escalator, plan to backtrack a couple times. Gravity bar is definitely worth a trek to. Overall a very baby friendly spot with lots of spots to slow down and take a breather if needed.
Sandeman’s Tour : If you have three hours to kill, take this tour! It’s a great way to get a good feel for the history of Ireland and the guides are awesome. Obviously take the stroller with you as there’s plenty of walking. The tour takes you through the downtown core and we were then able to decide which museums and spots we wanted to visit based on our guides stories. This is a free walking tour but ofcourse they appreciate the tips. Bring fluids and snacks for the little one.
Trinity College Library : Home to the famous Book of Kells, this is a spot you’d want to visit if you’re a bit of a movie or literature buff. You could spend quite a few hours perusing the various exhibits but we whizzed by them and went to the “Long Room” which was the showstopper. We found stroller parking easily whilst we walked the aisles in the Long Room. For a Euro more you could have got a full tour of the campus, so if time permits and you weren’t able to catch the Sandeman’s tour, that may be a worthwhile option. We sped through and were in and out within the hour.
National Museum of Ireland : This wasn’t on our radar until our Sandeman’s tour when we found out about the BOG MAN! The Museum is free to enter and is quite large so you could spend half a day in here easily but we went with the goal of only seeing the Bog Man and a few of the displays so it took us two hours to scope the place out.
I hope you’ve found a good list of suggestions for when you’re visiting Dublin with a baby. Know that Ireland is extremely baby friendly, you just have to know when and where to be and a good time will be had by all!