5 Free Family Activities Fingal Has To Offer

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Looking for new ways to keep the kids entertained? Fingal has the perfect mix of educational and engaging activities that get’s all the family involved. We have compiled a list of the best FREE events that Fingal has to offer, all on Dublin city's doorstep!  

Dollymount Strand and Bull Island

Enjoy this spectacular beach and nature reserve that’s just 20 minutes from Dublin City. Dollymount Strand is a stunning 5k stretch of beach and sand dunes – the perfect place to blow off those cobwebs! The kids will love collecting shells on the beach as they admire the colourful kite surfers. Bull Island was declared a bird sanctuary in the 1930s, and is home to an estimated 40,000 birds! Why not call to the visitor centre before exploring the island for yourselves. Tip- Play a game of “Bird Bingo” with the kids – pick 5 birds to spot, they will be learning as they play!  


Fingal is dotted with playgrounds for kids to burn off some energy! From babies to teenagers there is something to keep everyone entertained. Take turns pushing each other on the swings, watch them smile as they go down the slides or enjoy adventures in the sandpits. Pick from our full list of playgrounds that are to be enjoyed around Fingal here.  

Explore Howth

Wonderful walks, sightseeing from the pier and best of all fish and chips – Howth really does have everything! A fishing and yachting village, there is plenty to see and do. Visiting on the weekend? The family can take in the sights, sounds and delicious smells from the farmer's market –yum! Why not walk along the pretty pier, soak up the picturesque fishing trawlers or walk up the cliff path for some salty sea air. You might be lucky enough to see some cheeky seals charming people for food! No visit to Howth is finished without a delicious ice cream cone, who’s for sprinkles?  

Ardgillan Castle Demesne

Ardgilligan is a wonderful spot for a family outing, with a delightful castle, grounds and woodland set in parklands that overlook the Irish Sea.The park consists of 194 acres of pastureland and mixed woodland as well as stunning colourful blooms. There are both walled and formal gardens that contain a beautiful collection of roses, while many animals and birds find sanctuary at picturesque Ardgillan. You can also enjoy their playground, castle tours and art exhibitions! Their cute coffee shop marks the perfect pit stop for all that exploring!  

James Joyce Tower and Museum

Martello towers are small 19th century defensive forts built to withstand a threatened invasion by Napoleon. Around Dublin, there are 28 Martello sites, stretching all the way from Bray to Balbriggan. The Sandycove Martello tower now houses a museum dedicated to the life and works of James Joyce. The famous author once stayed here and the tower is mentioned in the opening of his most famous work ‘Ulysses’. The museum is filled with Joyce memorabilia that includes including photos, handwritten letters and first editions of “Ulysses” and other books can be found here. A fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon.