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Family Attractions

Family Attractions

Castleknock Hotel has so many great attractions, some just a few minutes from the hotel and others within an hour's drive.

Dublin Zoo - 7km away - 13 min drive

The second most visited tourist attraction in Ireland after the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo is a very popular landmark. The zoo has been extended in recent years with the African Plains proving particular popular and exciting for the kids. In total, there are over 400 animals to view. The great thing about the zoo is you can do it all in your own time so you can spend as little or as much time as you'd like. We advise that you try to arrive early to view the feeding times for certain animals so you can plan your day and come back when they're on.

Phoenix Park - 5km away - 9 min drive

The Phoenix Park is truly an exceptional landmark of Dublin which includes so many places of interest and there is something for every member of the family. One of the largest walled city parks in Europe, it includes a thoroughfare which links Castleknock village to Dublin City Centre. Notable places of interest include Aras an Uachtarain, home of the Irish President, Dublin Zoo, The US Ambassador's Residence, The Papal Cross, Farmleigh House, Ashford Castle, The People's Park, Wellington Monument, nature trails, the bandstand, the tearooms, cricket and polo grounds and The 40 Acres where you'll often find wild deer grazing. We think that's enough to justify at least a few hours, plus you can hire bikes from the hotel to the Phoenix Park.


Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventures - 5km - 7 min drive

An outdoor adventure playground suitable for children aged 2-12 years old. 



Aquazone at The National Aquatic Centre - 6km - 11 min drive

The third most visited paid attraction in Ireland, Aquazone is an exciting indoor waterpark that forms part of the National Aquatic Centre. It has a number of features including a tidal pool, a lazy river, water slides and a separate children's water play area. This is an attraction for the whole family and children of all ages. The National Aquatic Centre forms part of the National Sports Campus. 



Farmleigh House - 2km - 5 min drive

Formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness Family, Farmleigh House is located on the edge of the Phoenix Park. It was purchased by the Irish government in 1999 and the grounds are open to the public while the house is open to tours when it is not the guesthouse of the many foreign dignitaries that visit Ireland. Previous famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II, The King of Malaysia and Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK. The grounds are very picturesque and include a boathouse cafe, a traditional english style walled garden and a dutch style sunken garden. This is a great place to pass a couple of hours or as part of an overall tour of the Phoenix Park.



Blanchardstown Shopping Centre - 5km - 9 min drive

One of the largest shopping centres and retail parks in Ireland, this shopping centre has a large range of family attractions. It includes a 9 screen cinema, a wide selection of family friendly and themed restaurants and an indoor family orientated leisure complex that offers bowling, pool, snooker, a kids playcentre and a range of amusements. Of course, there is also plenty of choice for those looking for some retail therapy.