Castleknock Hotel has so many great attractions and fun for all the family, some just a few minutes from the hotel and others within an hour's drive. We are located in close proximity to the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo and Dublin city centre meaning there is no shortage of day trips within an easy drive of our hotel.
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 the animals are being fed.
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. Take the opportunity to rent bikes with the whole family and explore the Phoenix
Tayto Park - 26km - 28 min drive
Tayto Park Theme Park & Zoo offers over 100 attractions. With over 100 attractions to experience and enjoy, there is something for everyon; young, old and in betwee. For the thrill seekers, The Cu Chulainn, Ireland's first rollercoaster and Europe's first wodden rollercoaster with an inversion, is sure to get your adrenaline flowing. But that's not all, challenge yourself high in the sky on the Extreme Climbing Walls or Sky Walk, let the kids explore the Playground. Take the Steam Train Express or Mini Ferris Wheel, or even the Tayto Factory Tour, free with entry, and find out about the history of Tayto. And for those who don't need an increased heart rate to have a good time, enjoy a laid-back stroll through our zoo, where you can interact with the exceptional animal collection, from the mischevious meerkets to the latgest of the big cats, the amur tiger.
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.
After your day of adventure why not let the kids tire themselves out on our private childrens playground while you relax on our heated outdoor patio area with a well deserved glass of wine ?